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6 days ago
Topic:
Photo editing software

tekewin
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tekewin
tekewin
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Topic: Photo editing software
I don't work with RAW (not a real photographer). I have a relatively cheap point and shoot canon. I do minor touch ups and/or add graphics or comments with Irfanview, a free Windows program. It's pretty powerful for what it is, but it can't do layers or fancy stuff.
6 days ago
Topic:
Photo editing software

ziphius
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ziphius
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Topic: Photo editing software
Many thanks Tom.
8 days ago
Topic:
North McCain Valley

tommy750
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tommy750
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Topic: North McCain Valley
Pretty hard landing there.
8 days ago
Topic:
Photo editing software

tommy750
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tommy750
tommy750
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Topic: Photo editing software
No expert, but I've always used Photoshop and Adobe Bridge. Have an old copy of CS5 before PS became subscription. Using RAW has become a speck more annoying since I now have to convert all RAW to DNG in order for Bridge to work. Planned obsolescence perhaps. RAW always gives you more options since you're not stuck starting with whatever jpeg algorithm felt was the best changes to your data. Hope that helps.
11 days ago
Topic:
Photo editing software

ziphius
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ziphius
ziphius
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Topic: Photo editing software
What do you folks use for photo editing? Anyone deal with RAW images? Thanks for any feedback.
16 days ago
Topic:
North McCain Valley

Britain
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Britain
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Topic: North McCain Valley
Found this plane at Agua Caliente runway. Took about a month to repair it. One day I was down next to it when the pilot came up and started yelling at me. He wasnt a happy camper.
25 days ago
Topic:
North McCain Valley

tommy750
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tommy750
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Topic: North McCain Valley
ziphius wrote:
The flight tracker replay map doesn't show the unexpected landing.


Looks like he made it back on 9/24/18. This site shows his 9/21/18 route before he did his emergency landing and part of his return with the actual landing and takeoff not show: https://planefinder.net/data/aircraft/N703TK
27 days ago
Topic:
North McCain Valley

ziphius
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ziphius
ziphius
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Topic: North McCain Valley
The flight tracker replay map doesn't show the unexpected landing.
29 days ago
Topic:
North McCain Valley

tommy750
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tommy750
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Topic: North McCain Valley
ziphius wrote:
Quite the unexpected landing spot!



Agree with you there. Had a pickup and motor home parked next to it on my way out. Amazing all the stuff you can find out if you google the tail number.
29 days ago
Topic:
North McCain Valley

ziphius
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ziphius
ziphius
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Topic: North McCain Valley
Quite the unexpected landing spot!
29 days ago
Topic:
North McCain Valley

tommy750
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tommy750
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Topic: North McCain Valley
Have been stumbling around McCain Valley in the summer months since it's a tad cooler than the desert floor. Spotted this yesterday a little south of Cottonwood. Hope he makes it out okay. Always a nice vista from up there. Tom

IMG_0567 by tomteske, on Flickr

Note by tomteske, on Flickr

Toward Canebrake by tomteske, on Flickr
29 days ago
Topic:
Solstice Cave and Grunt Benchmark

Britain
Britain
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Nice Hike.
9/22/2018
Topic:
No Big Horn this year seen during hiking

Canebraker Jeff
Canebraker Jeff
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Lots of Bighorns in and above Agua Caliente County Park almost every day
9/22/2018
Topic:
Not enough rangers

Buford
Buford
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Buford
Buford
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Topic: Not enough rangers
Most of the trash I have seen is from idiots. Travelers sin documentos don’t bring couches, old car tires, spray paint, glass beer bottles to abandon, shoot at, or throw in a fire.

As mentioned above, it is easy to see if it is from border crossers due to the contents. I’ve definitely found this kind of litter as well though.
9/22/2018
Topic:
Old cowboy grave whereabouts?

Canebraker Jeff
Canebraker Jeff
Posts: 8
Better Info. http://www.in-the-desert.com/carrizowash.html
9/22/2018
Topic:
Old cowboy grave whereabouts?

Canebraker Jeff
Canebraker Jeff
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http://sandiegohistory.org/collection/davis/op-15362-25/ You asked the wrong "old guy". Most of the older Canebrakers don,t go in the park, but I'm trying to change that!
edited by Canebraker Jeff on 9/22/2018
9/22/2018
Topic:
Why is it so hard to log in ?

Canebraker Jeff
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I now have two profiles, one I can't use. Probably good because a year ago I clicked the "like" tab to see who liked my post and was branded "selfish".
9/22/2018
Topic:
Not enough rangers

Canebraker Jeff
Canebraker Jeff
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Was the trash blanket shoes, water jugs and empty cans of atune (tuna)?
9/22/2018
Topic:
San Diego Sheriffs in the Carrizo Gorge

Canebraker Jeff
Canebraker Jeff
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There are not enough Sheriffs to patrol anywhere in South East San Diego County. In Canebrake we have a group of volunteer Sheriffs that patrol twice a week. They will walk around homes that have requested a check looking for break-ins and such. They are wonderful folks and we appreciate them. We used to have a Ranger living next to the Canebrake fence, but the Southern District Ranger now commutes from Borrego Springs. Now they have closed the Border Patrol check point north of Ocotillo so the whole area is screwed.
9/22/2018
Topic:
Old cowboy grave whereabouts?

Canebraker Jeff
Canebraker Jeff
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I saw a grave on a "Marv Pachen Memorial hike" several years ago near Palm Spring.
9/19/2018
Topic:
Solstice Cave and Grunt Benchmark

tekewin
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ziphius wrote:
I wish I could get water and nutrients out of barrel cactus. smile



Haha! For sure. I don't know why this surprised me so much. I haven't studied bighorns as much as I'd like.
9/19/2018
Topic:
Solstice Cave and Grunt Benchmark

tekewin
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Buford wrote:
Nice. I’ve seen sheep in that same area earlier this year. They were not concerned about people until the bp came tearing through on atvs making a racket and the sheep bolted.


Most of the I've run into sheep, they took off pretty fast, but maybe that was because I was with a group. I guess I'm not so fearsome on my own.
9/19/2018
Topic:
Old cowboy grave whereabouts?

borrego
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I've been trying for years to find the location of the grave of Frank Fox, who was killed by Arizona Rangers while on a cattle drive in the Carrizo Wash area in the 1880's. I've even seen a picture of the grave stone, but I cannot get any further than that.Even the old-timers in Canebrake do not know. Has anyone wandered across it in their travels? Any info?
Thanks!
9/19/2018
Topic:
Not enough rangers

borrego
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borrego
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Topic: Not enough rangers
This is probably not just due to local idiots. A friend has contacts with the Border Patrol and they say there is an large uptick in illegal immigrant activity (apparently they think the Wall will be built and are getting in while they can)
Note- The BP also says they are finding more illegals armed with AK's and AR's...so be aware out there.
9/18/2018
Topic:
San Diego Sheriffs in the Carrizo Gorge

railexplorer
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The Sheriffs are out there at the request of Baja Rail. The Sheriffs will ride into the Gorge, with an employee of Baja Rail, using a Baja Rail Hi-rail vehicle (a pickup truck with guide wheels that fit on the tracks). It'll be interesting to see how often the patrols are and how long they last. I would imagine that Baja Rail is paying the cost of the Sheriff patrols.

I would think once word gets out that the Sheriffs are issuing tickets and the tunnel gates are closed a lot of "hikers" won't head out to the gorge.
9/18/2018
Topic:
Not enough rangers

Buford
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Buford
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Topic: Not enough rangers


One terrible example. This graffiti was scrubbed mostly clean a couple weeks later and the fire ring filled in. Lots of stuff like this in various areas.

Thanks for helping keep it clean.

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Picture added
edited by Buford on 9/18/2018
edited by Buford on 9/18/2018
edited by Buford on 9/18/2018
9/18/2018
Topic:
Solstice Cave and Grunt Benchmark

ziphius
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I wish I could get water and nutrients out of barrel cactus. smile
9/18/2018
Topic:
Solstice Cave and Grunt Benchmark

ziphius
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Nice trip report! Great sighting.
9/17/2018
Topic:
Not enough rangers

DesertWRX
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DesertWRX
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Topic: Not enough rangers
Thanks, I’ll try to see who has adopted those areas for Adopt a Wash/Trail.
9/17/2018
Topic:
Not enough rangers

DesertWRX
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DesertWRX
DesertWRX
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Topic: Not enough rangers
Buford wrote:
DesertWRX wrote:
What areas are people finding the most trash and vandalism?


Culp Valley, Old Culp Valley rd, The Slab, Dos Cabezas, Mortero Palms, Plum Canyon. This was all in mid July to early August.

I revisited Plum Canyon a couple weeks later and found someone had mostly cleaned up the graffiti and filled in the illegal fire ring.

I picked up some trash. Didn’t have room for it all.
edited by Buford on 9/17/2018
9/17/2018
Topic:
Solstice Cave and Grunt Benchmark

Buford
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Nice. I’ve seen sheep in that same area earlier this year. They were not concerned about people until the bp came tearing through on atvs making a racket and the sheep bolted.
9/17/2018
Topic:
Not enough rangers

Buford
Buford
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Buford
Buford
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Topic: Not enough rangers
DesertWRX wrote:
What areas are people finding the most trash and vandalism?


Culp Valley, Old Culp Valley rd, The Slab, Dos Cabezas, Mortero Palms, Plum Canyon. This was all in mid July to early August.

I revisited Plum Canyon a couple weeks later and found someone had mostly cleaned up the graffiti and filled in the illegal fire ring.

I picked up some trash. Didn’t have room for it all.
edited by Buford on 9/17/2018
9/17/2018
Topic:
Solstice Cave and Grunt Benchmark

tekewin
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It's still hot, but I was able to manage a half day for Solstice and Grunt.

Solstice was an overwhelmingly peaceful place. Unexpected. I really didn't want to leave. My favorite pictograph was the deer/bighorn/coyote? There are already a couple of reports on it so I won't dwell. My blog report doesn't give away the location.




After Solstice, I drove down Carizzo Creek Road toward Grunt. I didn't see a continuation of the road about a mile from the end so I just stopped and hiked from there. I found more of the road further down the creek. The round trip from where I parked ended up being about 5 miles instead of 3. I followed a side canyon on the west side before climbing. I set up the wooden pole that was down and left a pen with the register. There were a lot more signatures than I expected, though the register has been there since 1982 and is only half full.





The highlight of the day, though, was driving out from Solstice where I met two bighorn rams (can't say I haven't seen any this year now). One was bashing a barrel cactus to get to the juicy insides. He knocked a chunk off and ate it. They were very relaxed and unconcerned about me.





Bighorn Video


Looking forward to cooler weather soon so I can spend a whole day in the desert.
edited by tekewin on 9/17/2018
9/17/2018
Topic:
San Diego Sheriffs in the Carrizo Gorge

tekewin
tekewin
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Thanks for the update. Big undertaking for the sheriff.
9/17/2018
Topic:
Not enough rangers

DesertWRX
DesertWRX
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DesertWRX
DesertWRX
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Topic: Not enough rangers
What areas are people finding the most trash and vandalism?
9/17/2018
Topic:
Why is it so hard to log in ?

Canebraker Jeff
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I can't log in like I always have.
9/14/2018
Topic:
San Diego Sheriffs in the Carrizo Gorge

Buford
Buford
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Thanks. Not surprising. Did Puff earlier this year from Mortero Palms. From Puff we saw 50+ people at the trestle. The amount of vandalism and trash was a huge increase over a couple years ago.
9/14/2018
Topic:
San Diego Sheriffs in the Carrizo Gorge

railexplorer
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Just a heads up... As of August 1st, the San Diego Sheriffs in conjunction with Baja RR are now doing random patrols of the railroad line through the Gorge. They are citing people for trespassing. While you can cross the rail line at any point you're not allowed to walk on it.

Also Tunnels 5, 8, 20 & 21 all have closed gates. Tunnel 5 is the one closest to Jacumba. 8 is the longest one, which is about half way between tunnel 5 and the Goat Canyon Trestle, and 20 & 21 are the ones closest to Dos Cabezas.

The reason for the patrols is due to the large numbers of people heading out there, as well as, the increase in vandalism.
9/14/2018
Topic:
Carrizo Gorge update

railexplorer
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I just got confirmation that the Sheriffs are running random patrols out in the Gorge.
9/13/2018
Topic:
Carrizo Gorge update

railexplorer
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They might eventually get a police force but that's probably a ways down the road. The state of California needs to sign off on that. Plus its quite an expense for a company that has a lot of negative cash flow.



I'll have to do a little research.
9/13/2018
Topic:
Carrizo Gorge update

Britain
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Britain
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Topic: Carrizo Gorge update
I'd be thinking that Baja Rail will be responsible for law enforcement. They will have their own police units just has the Union Pacific have police.
9/11/2018
Topic:
Carrizo Gorge update

tekewin
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tekewin
tekewin
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Topic: Carrizo Gorge update
Great update. Appreciated. Closing those gates won't stop anyone except maybe on dirt bikes.

Can the Sheriff really spare officers to patrol the rail line? To patrol the whole line would be an all day affair. I think it is more likely they would send private security or their own employees if they really wanted to patrol it, but who knows. I never follow the tracks in that area.
9/10/2018
Topic:
Carrizo Gorge update

ziphius
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ziphius
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Topic: Carrizo Gorge update
Interesting developments, thanks for the updates!
9/10/2018
Topic:
Carrizo Gorge update

railexplorer
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My son and I headed out to the Jacumba area this past Saturday. We had heard some rumors about Baja Rail, the current lease holders to the rail line, closing the tunnel gates as well as moving the derailed cars near the nudist resort. I also wanted to use this trip as a bit of a scouting trip for an old work road.

Here is what we found:

The passenger cars near the resort have been moved.

Looking down on Dubbers by Rail explorer, on Flickr

The gate at tunnel 5, the first tunnel north of Jacumba has been rehung and the gate is locked. Since this gate is closed I'm assuming that the rumor of the Northern gates, those on Tunnels 20 & 21 have also been closed. Tunnels 20 & 21 are the two tunnels closest to Dos Cabezas. The tunnel gates were closed to reduce/eliminate people heading into the gorge as well as an attempt to reduce the amount of vandalism that is occuring in the gorge.

Closed by Rail explorer, on Flickr

Rumor has it that Baja Rail has enlisted the help of the Sheriffs to randomly patrol the gorge and will cite people for trespassing. I'm not sure how credible that information is for a variety of reasons.

One final note. Baja Rail has no plans to begin work on the rail line until the Customs Checkpoint, near Campo, is approved and built. Based on the information I have it will be a while before anything gets done. There are discussions as to where the checkpoint will be built.


As for the work trail, we explored it for a bit, before it got to hot. We did come across a can dump as well as several work camp sites and a chimney from what used to be a house.


Can Dump by Rail explorer, on Flickr


Stone Chimney by Rail explorer, on Flickr
7/25/2018
Topic:
Wikwip

Rocko1
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Rocko1
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Topic: Wikwip
Is this the cave near McCain Valley?
7/22/2018
Topic:
Not enough rangers

Buford
Buford
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Buford
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Topic: Not enough rangers
There was a disturbing amount of litter, graffiti, vandalism, and campfire damage in a couple places recently.

I don’t know if it is due to less Rangers or more idiots or a combo of both.
7/16/2018
Topic:
Wikwip

Britain
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Topic: Wikwip
dsefcik wrote:
It's on private property, fence line signs state "trespassers will be shot, survivors will be shot again"...plenty of other interesting things in the desert to see.

Haha. Reminds me of someones watermelon patch signs.
7/16/2018
Topic:
Wikwip

dsefcik
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Topic: Wikwip
It's on private property, fence line signs state "trespassers will be shot, survivors will be shot again"...plenty of other interesting things in the desert to see.
7/16/2018
Topic:
Wikwip

Britain
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Britain
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Topic: Wikwip
Wikwip has been tossed into a couple conversations I'm having. Anyone been there?
7/14/2018
Topic:
2018 BHS Count Results

DesertWRX
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No water in our area. We are between Middle Willows and 3rd Crossings, which had water.
7/12/2018
Topic:
2018 BHS Count Results

dsefcik
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Topic: 2018 BHS Count Results
DesertWRX wrote:
Our little group was set up at the earthquake station on Monkey Hill. Zero sheep. There is some talk about closing some sites that consistently have a lack of sheep.

Is there water at that site?
7/12/2018
Topic:
2018 BHS Count Results

DesertWRX
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Our little group was set up at the earthquake station on Monkey Hill. Zero sheep. There is some talk about closing some sites that consistently have a lack of sheep.
7/10/2018
Topic:
2018 BHS Count Results

Buford
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Topic: 2018 BHS Count Results
ziphius wrote:
Tommy, I met a park biologist (Jeff Manning) at this year's BHS count check-in. He noted that the park is ramping up the number of trail cameras to be deployed in the park, though he didn't address the BHS count specificially. They hope to eventually have 200+ cameras throughout the park. Jeff was interested in enlisting backcountry travelers into participating in the program (retrieve + replace batteries / SD cards). I can send you his contact info if you want. - Jim


I might be interested in that as well. I have joked about doing it for fun.
7/9/2018
Topic:
2018 BHS Count Results

tommy750
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Topic: 2018 BHS Count Results
ziphius wrote:
Tommy, I met a park biologist (Jeff Manning) at this year's BHS count check-in. He noted that the park is ramping up the number of trail cameras to be deployed in the park, though he didn't address the BHS count specificially. They hope to eventually have 200+ cameras throughout the park. Jeff was interested in enlisting backcountry travelers into participating in the program (retrieve + replace batteries / SD cards). I can send you his contact info if you want. - Jim


I would be interested in volunteering for a program like that. Kudos to you all that spend your 4th out in the heat. Would be willing to help out with the count but have family commitments that make that weekend unavailable.
7/9/2018
Topic:
2018 BHS Count Results

ziphius
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ziphius
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Topic: 2018 BHS Count Results
Tommy, I met a park biologist (Jeff Manning) at this year's BHS count check-in. He noted that the park is ramping up the number of trail cameras to be deployed in the park, though he didn't address the BHS count specificially. They hope to eventually have 200+ cameras throughout the park. Jeff was interested in enlisting backcountry travelers into participating in the program (retrieve + replace batteries / SD cards). I can send you his contact info if you want. - Jim
7/8/2018
Topic:
2018 BHS Count Results

tommy750
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Topic: 2018 BHS Count Results
Nice to see water back at Rattlesnake. Great trail cam pics, Daren. So does the park ever place temporary July 4th trail cams at the guzzlers scattered about the Vallecito and Pinyon Mts? That would seem like an easy way to improve on the total park sheep population count. Maybe even a count I could participate in smile
7/6/2018
Topic:
2018 BHS Count Results

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Topic: 2018 BHS Count Results
dsefcik wrote:
The temps in these photos from 2 years ago were with the camera in open sunshine and the shade shelter temps were around 112

https://www.darensefcik.com/Photography/Anza-Borrego-Desert-State-Park/Bighorn-Sheep-Count-2016/

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Still good info to have. I'll put Rattle Snake on my list for next year.
7/6/2018
Topic:
2018 BHS Count Results

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Topic: 2018 BHS Count Results
The temps in these photos from 2 years ago were with the camera in open sunshine and the shade shelter temps were around 112

https://www.darensefcik.com/Photography/Anza-Borrego-Desert-State-Park/Bighorn-Sheep-Count-2016/

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7/6/2018
Topic:
2018 BHS Count Results

Britain
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Topic: 2018 BHS Count Results
dsefcik wrote:
The camera was in the shade/covered brush mostly, especially when pointed at the water. Our day temps with the thermometer under our shade tarp were 95/95/100 for the three days. Normally temps are 112+. If the count was this weekend things would have been different.

Perhaps the 113 the camera was out of the shade. Most of the temps were inline with what you said. Still cool to have the info.
7/6/2018
Topic:
2018 BHS Count Results

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The camera was in the shade/covered brush mostly, especially when pointed at the water. Our day temps with the thermometer under our shade tarp were 95/95/100 for the three days. Normally temps are 112+. If the count was this weekend things would have been different.
7/5/2018
Topic:
2018 BHS Count Results

ziphius
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Topic: 2018 BHS Count Results
I've noticed that my trail camera temperature readings are notoriously too high when the unit gets any sunlight on it. This isn't unexpected, as official temperature readings for any location are supposed to be taken in shade. The 113 reading for that date / location is probably an artifact of sunlight hitting it. The temperature at lower elevations that day was not that high.
7/5/2018
Topic:
2018 BHS Count Results

Britain
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Topic: 2018 BHS Count Results
Notice the temperature readout on the pictures. Looks like July 1 was the hottest day. Nice set-up.
Edit June 29 had 113.......
edited by Britain on 7/5/2018
7/5/2018
Topic:
2018 BHS Count Results

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Topic: 2018 BHS Count Results
Rocko1 wrote:
Awesome pictures. Love that game cam. What make/model is that?

Browning RECON FORCE FHD PLATINUM BTC7FHDP
7/5/2018
Topic:
2018 BHS Count Results

Rocko1
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Topic: 2018 BHS Count Results
Awesome pictures. Love that game cam. What make/model is that?
7/4/2018
Topic:
2018 BHS Count Results

Buford
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Topic: 2018 BHS Count Results
Those game cam pics are great. I like the other critters it caught too. Glad the spring had water.
7/4/2018
Topic:
2018 BHS Count Results

Britain
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Britain
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Topic: 2018 BHS Count Results
dsefcik wrote:
Britain wrote:
dsefcik wrote:
Britain wrote:
Hope you don't mind I shared your cam shots link on my FB page.

That is fine...what is the link?

https://www.darensefcik.com/Photography/Anza-Borrego-Desert-State-Park/Bighorn-Sheep-Count-2018/
I meant your FB page link...or is it private?

Only friends...
https://www.facebook.com/vern.britain/posts/10214822609931320
edited by Britain on 7/4/2018
7/4/2018
Topic:
2018 BHS Count Results

dsefcik
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Topic: 2018 BHS Count Results
Britain wrote:
dsefcik wrote:
Britain wrote:
Hope you don't mind I shared your cam shots link on my FB page.

That is fine...what is the link?

https://www.darensefcik.com/Photography/Anza-Borrego-Desert-State-Park/Bighorn-Sheep-Count-2018/
I meant your FB page link...or is it private?
7/4/2018
Topic:
2018 BHS Count Results

Britain
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Topic: 2018 BHS Count Results
dsefcik wrote:
Britain wrote:
Hope you don't mind I shared your cam shots link on my FB page.

That is fine...what is the link?

https://www.darensefcik.com/Photography/Anza-Borrego-Desert-State-Park/Bighorn-Sheep-Count-2018/
Did you take the big lens?
edited by Britain on 7/4/2018
7/4/2018
Topic:
2018 BHS Count Results

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Britain wrote:
Hope you don't mind I shared your cam shots link on my FB page.

That is fine...what is the link?
7/4/2018
Topic:
2018 BHS Count Results

dsefcik
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Topic: 2018 BHS Count Results
ziphius wrote:
Great photos Daren. Congrats on getting a spotted skunk on camera, I'm still waiting for one. Have you ever recorded BHS using the water at night? I imagine fear of mountain lions might preclude night ventures?
Yeah the skunk, lizard, squirrel, fox, etc were nice to get. I have only used the trail cam twice and no BHS at night recorded.
7/4/2018
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2018 BHS Count Results

rockhopper
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Daren, Great trail cam photos! Super efforts put in by all the volunteers. Maybe some year I can pull it off and join in. btw I am going to start joining in with the rain dance and pray for some monsoonal moisture for all of those full time wonderful desert creatures.
7/4/2018
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2018 BHS Count Results

ziphius
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Great photos Daren. Congrats on getting a spotted skunk on camera, I'm still waiting for one. Have you ever recorded BHS using the water at night? I imagine fear of mountain lions might preclude night ventures?
7/4/2018
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2018 BHS Count Results

Britain
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dsefcik wrote:
Britain wrote:
Pretty awesome cam shots. Was anything done to the springs to rehab it somewhat?
We dug it out a bit to give it some depth but overall it was fine. It seemed to refill over a few hours enough that several BHS could get water, we never saw it get completely dry.

Hope you don't mind I shared your cam shots link on my FB page.
edited by Britain on 7/4/2018
7/4/2018
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dsefcik
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Britain wrote:
Pretty awesome cam shots. Was anything done to the springs to rehab it somewhat?
We dug it out a bit to give it some depth but overall it was fine. It seemed to refill over a few hours enough that several BHS could get water, we never saw it get completely dry.
7/4/2018
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Britain
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Pretty awesome cam shots. Was anything done to the springs to rehab it somewhat?
7/4/2018
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Great reaports everybody....I would concur that the wind on Friday was pretty bad, we had to re-enforce our shade shelter to keep it up. Day temps were 95/100 and night temps I did not pay attention to other than to say it was cooler than normal. We saw BHS each day with a few repeats and several collared/tagged BHS. Lamb count was way down, we normally see a lot of lambs but this year was only 8.

Here are a few photos and many more can be seen here:

https://www.darensefcik.com/Photography/Anza-Borrego-Desert-State-Park/Bighorn-Sheep-Count-2018/

























Total Mylar Balloons this trip - 3
7/3/2018
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2018 BHS Count Results

Buford
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That hill climb to the 4th grove count site is daily during the count after they hike all the way in. I actually enjoyed it last year when I counted at 4th due to the views.

Count was up slightly mainly due to Rattlesnake having sheep this year compared to last. Looking forward to Dsefcik’s report. The rest of the sites combined were about the same.

There was concern with the lamb survival rate this year being low. According to the data only 20% of this years lambs were still alive.

BPC has very little water this year. The water level has not always coincided with rainfall totals from the previous winter. The Canyonn is being choked with brush potentially drawing up the water.
edited by Buford on 7/3/2018
7/3/2018
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2018 BHS Count Results

tekewin
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Impressive. Is the count up or down from last year?

I had a hard time seeing the sheep in a couple of those zoomed photos. Man are they hard to spot sometimes.

I would be interested in this next year if I am in town.
7/3/2018
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2018 BHS Count Results

ziphius
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Nice photos Buford; they really capture the scale and difficulty of the job. I was hoping for a collared lizard, none this year! Maybe I'll try to join you at 2nd grove for a little change next time.
7/3/2018
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Buford
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All zoom pictures were taken holding a cell phone in one hand through the 10x binocular eye piece in the other hand.

First sheep on Day 1:


Three more sheep, you can see the collar on one:


Showing why it is so tough to see the sheep, I think there are 5 in the image:


4th Grove team hiking up to the tarp, gives you an idea how remote and high up the count site is:


Baja Collared:


Rams on the hike out:

edited by Buford on 7/3/2018
edited by Buford on 7/3/2018
7/3/2018
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Buford
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Nice meeting you ziphius.

I agree about vetting the backpacking teams better. They did a more thorough job this year vetting backpacking people, but there is room for improvement. People over estimate their ability or underestimate the heat or what a hike really is.

New this year was all backcountry teams were to have an experienced counter, no teams of all first timers. This was my 4th count. I was assigned to lead a team of three first timers to BPC 3rd grove. The 4th grove team was all people who had counted before.

We left a little after 3:15 for the hike up. One member was already really suffering about half way to first grove. We got to 1st grove and he made the smart decision to turn around, otherwise I would have had to tell him he shouldn’t continue. A different team member offered to walk out with him. I asked if he was really sure he wanted to walk him out, and he said yes. I was prepared to walk the one guy out then hike up solo to meetup with the rest of the team later. Of our team that bailed, the guy that suffered and was forced to turn around did talk to Mike and got reassigned to the trailhead. I talked to him after and he did enjoy counting from there.

Myself and the remaining team member hiked up with the 4th grove team with no remaining issues.

First day was tough with the wind, but we kept our tarp up. We didn’t see sheep until 2:00 when they appeared out of no where. We watched the herd most of the afternoon. The group included 3 tagged ewes. We were sure 4th grove saw them too, but we found out later they did not see any sheep on day 1.

Day 2 we saw most likely the same herd. Tough to tell at a distance with just binoculars and no spotting scope. We assume it was the same group by the tagged sheep with them and similar group makeup. They also appeared first thing in the morning in the location the group from day 1 bedded down for the night.

Day 3 we only saw one sheep at a long, long distance during the count. We left after 12:00 for an easy hike out. On the hike out we saw a group of rams up really close.

Overall the weather was very temperate for the count. It was chilly at night in the Canyon bottom. My count partner was great. It was a little tough counting with only two people. I need to get better at describing sheep to distinguish between repeats. I am good at spotting them and dividing into ewe/ram/lamb/myearling/fyearling buckets. Notable non sheep sitings were a Baja Collared Lizard, Chuckwalla, and a couple bird species I already forgot the names of.
7/3/2018
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ziphius
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I was at Big Spring this year with Gary, Randy, and John. Temperatures were cool, a high of 86 on the first day when the wind was ferocious. We quickly abandoned the idea of putting up a tarp upon arriving on site. Fortunately, we had the option of crawling into and under boulder overhangs in a couple of different spots. The larger boulder we referred to as ‘the fridge’ because that’s where we stored a bunch of stuff in deep shade. Days 2 and 3 reached the low 90s. Here is a link to the Big Spring count photos.

We logged 11 sheep (9 ewes and 2 lambs) and were lucky that Gary had ventured up to the top of the ridgeline to take a pee, which resulted in the sighting between us and Middle Spring. The sheep were closer to our site and we saw ‘em first, so we got to log them. There were 4 marked animals total, 2 with collars and the rest with ear tags. On Day 2 at 0820 hrs, Randy had a brief sighting of a mountain lion (!) a few hundred yards away. It was gone by the time he turned to John to tell him about it. Very exciting. Lots of bird and lizard life to keep me busy out there and great company as well! I’m looking forward to next year.

In response to Buford’s comments, I think that some form of vetting for potential counters would be beneficial. I’ll probably talk with Mike about it and would encourage others to do the same if they agree. As it works now, if you fill out a form and attend orientation, you’re in, and you find out where you are counting when you attend orientation. This happens without anyone physically seeing you prior to assess if you look like someone who is going to handle off-trail, difficult terrain in hot temperatures. It might be controversial to judge folks by body type, but I think some common-sense assessments can be implemented so that counters end up at places where they stand a chance of enjoying themselves safely. It’s difficult though, with so many volunteers and a limited number of sites to choose from. But we can help improve the process I think.
edited by ziphius on 7/3/2018
7/3/2018
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dsefcik wrote:
Britain wrote:
Which one did you participate in?

Rattlesnake Spring

Last year if I'm correct you mentioned the spring was dry and nothing. Good to see the count going good.
7/2/2018
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I’ll put up some pics and report later. I counted at 3rd Grove. I led a team of three newbies. Everyone got out safe, but we ended up counting as a team of 2. My post from last year is still relevant:

The upper Palm Canyon count sites do not have a trail to them and require bouldering, talus hopping, loose steep slopes and bushwhacking to hike to. Add in a full pack and the high temperatures and it is even more difficult. I cannot stress this enough for someone that wants to count these sites. All three years I have done this there has been someone assigned to count in upper Palm Canyon who is not prepared for the hike in and out and really suffers. This year was no exception.
7/2/2018
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dsefcik
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Britain wrote:
Which one did you participate in?

Rattlesnake Spring
7/2/2018
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dsefcik wrote:
Final Count attached to this post.

Will post pictures and commentary in a few days.

Which one did you participate in?
7/2/2018
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Final Count attached to this post.

Will post pictures and commentary in a few days.
7/2/2018
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No Big Horn this year seen during hiking

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Initial reports on the sheep counts are out. Couple folks here are in the count. Waiting for their report.
6/25/2018
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2-3 Day Trip Recommendation?

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Britain wrote:
Be careful out there
https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Search-On-for-Man-Missing-in-Desert-During-Heat-Warning-486333201.html??f
edited by Britain on 6/25/2018



Hmm. I wonder what happened.
6/25/2018
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Be careful out there
https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Search-On-for-Man-Missing-in-Desert-During-Heat-Warning-486333201.html??f
edited by Britain on 6/25/2018
6/24/2018
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Not enough rangers

tekewin
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Wow. This is shocking. I'd rather have a full staff at all the parks than a half built high speed rail system, but that's just me.
6/22/2018
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2-3 Day Trip Recommendation?

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rockhopper wrote:
Ha. That's a good one Buford. I follow the old timers and ancient peoples migrations. Low desert in the Winter, Mountians in the summer. Rocko1, Daren pretty much nailed it. Good luck. But I would go higher in elevation.



Thanks. I think I will turn this into a 2 day backpack trip with my dad in cooler weather.
6/22/2018
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rockhopper
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Ha. That's a good one Buford. I follow the old timers and ancient peoples migrations. Low desert in the Winter, Mountians in the summer. Rocko1, Daren pretty much nailed it. Good luck. But I would go higher in elevation.
6/21/2018
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Not enough rangers

Buford
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I worry about the resources being abused and trashed. Even with the full ranger staff there was too much abuse of the area.
6/21/2018
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Britain wrote:
dsefcik wrote:
Thanks ziphius for catching this post, I missed it somehow.

I do not know your experience or capabilities, especially in the desert...in the summer...however for most folks, venturing out 8+ miles for a backpack trip into the desert in the summer with 105+ temps and relying on a water source to provide is a risk for anyone of any skill or knowledge level. When we head out for trips where water sources may be suspect we always, always bring enough to get us in to the first source and back in case it is dry. That may demand carrying 8 liters the first day.


This. I've lived in Imperial Valley for a long time. Used to do hikes in the heat mostly for photo ops around active springs. Like scuba diving I never went alone. It also pays to look at the weather temps for those hikes. I used to also carry an umbrella on my pack. This weeks temps not hot but dangerously hot.


Looks like sheep count weather.
6/21/2018
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2-3 Day Trip Recommendation?

Britain
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dsefcik wrote:
Thanks ziphius for catching this post, I missed it somehow.

I do not know your experience or capabilities, especially in the desert...in the summer...however for most folks, venturing out 8+ miles for a backpack trip into the desert in the summer with 105+ temps and relying on a water source to provide is a risk for anyone of any skill or knowledge level. When we head out for trips where water sources may be suspect we always, always bring enough to get us in to the first source and back in case it is dry. That may demand carrying 8 liters the first day.


This. I've lived in Imperial Valley for a long time. Used to do hikes in the heat mostly for photo ops around active springs. Like scuba diving I never went alone. It also pays to look at the weather temps for those hikes. I used to also carry an umbrella on my pack. This weeks temps not hot but dangerously hot.
6/17/2018
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Not enough rangers

Britain
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Topic: Not enough rangers
Sad, parts of the park are being torn up.
6/17/2018
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Not enough rangers

tommy750
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And California only has a $9 billion surplus this year. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
6/17/2018
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Not enough rangers

ziphius
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ziphius
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Sad story and true. And people complain if you impose some small park fee to raise money to help pay for rangers etc.
edited by ziphius on 6/17/2018
6/17/2018
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Buford
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upset

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/communities/north-county/sd-no-park-staffing-20180531-story.html




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