Walks with a Theme - The Harry Griffin 2,000 Footers


And in the darkest hours of urban depression I will sometimes take out that dog's-eared map and dream a while of more spacious days; and 
perhaps a dried blade of grass will fall out of it to remind me that I was once a free man on the hills...

 
A.H.Sidgwick 1912

 

 

Its fair to say that I've had my fair share of prods from friends who would ask me what did I have planned for the year as each answer would yield 'nothing' I just want to enjoy my fell walking and I guess that is what I have been doing since completing my Wainwrights back in 2011

This however all changed the moment I picked up a copy of Freeman of the Hills written by A.H Griffin back in 1978. For those of you who are not aware Harry Griffin was a writer turned reporter for the Manchester Guardian who was born in what was then the ship building town Barrow in Furness. Harry Griffin wasn't just a writer as his main passion was rock climbing who by the 1930's had become a prolific accomplished explorer of Lakeland.

During the summer of 1977 Harry, aged 63, chose to revisit all the Lakeland Fells that exceeded 2,000 ft - he then categorised them into sections splitting the summits into 27 routes which took him until the end of 1977 to complete.

Harry himself was a honourable gentlemen who never left anything out of his walks, which on a much smaller scale I can adear to as I to like to be as honest & true when I also write about my own experiences on the fells. After reading his book I had made my mind up that I would take on the challenge of completing all 203 - 2,000 footers, but first I had to syphon the routes between the lines that Harry had written as his book was a about his experience of his time spent & not a guide book.

This meant reading the book many times.

It didn't take long after reading the book, on which I would focus on sections rather than the book 'as a whole', to put all 27 routes together. Although, as Harry admitted, he made some observational errors; this is something that at first I thought  I may also have to do if I was to stay true to the routes, yet after reading the book over & over I soon learned that Harry was just too honest to leave his mistakes out, which then prompted me to re-jig a few of Harry's mastered routes ever so slightly.

I really haven't put a time scale on how long these routes will take me, if I'm honest and if everything goes to plan I'm hoping to have them completed by Autumn 2015 but in my heart of hearts I know that this is unrealistic due to the nature of the Lakeland weather, even during summertime.

This page is dedicated to all the 2,000 ft Lakeland Fells, I hope that you enjoy reading them as much as I will walking them.

Paul Sharkey - February 2015


Stats table
 
  Walks Miles Ascent (ft) Summits  
  27 294.9 98,093 203  

The Harry Griffin 2,000 Footers Walk 1 - The Langdale Pikes

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21st February 2015
ASCENT: 3,540 Feet - 1,079 Meters
MILES: 11
SUMMITS OVER 2,000 Ft: 9, Harrison Stickle - Loft Crag - Pike O'Stickle - Thunacar Knott South Top - Thunacar Knott North Top - Pavey Ark - High Raise (Langstrath) - Ullscarth - Segeant Man
ROUTE: Stickle Barn - Pike How - Thorn Crag - Harrison Stickle - Loft Crag - Pike O'Stickle - Thunacar Knott - Pavey Ark - High Raise - Low White Stones - Greenup Edge - Ullscarth - Greenup Edge - Low White Stones - High Raise - Sergeant Man - Stickle Tarn - Stickle Ghyll - Stickle Barn
 

The Harry Griffin 2,000 footers Walk 2 -The Fringe of Lakeland

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8th March 2015
ASCENT: 3,289 Feet - 1,003 Meters
MILES: 9.6
SUMMITS OVER 2,000 Ft: 5, Grey Crag (Longsleddale) - Tarn Crag - Branstree - Selside Pike - Adam Seat
ROUTE: Sadgill - Great Howe - Grey Crag (Longsleddale) - Greycrag Tarn - Tarn Crag - Selside Brow - Branstree - Artle Crag - Selside Pike - Branstree - Gatescarth Pass - Adam Seat - Gatescarth Pass - Sadgill
 

The Harry Griffin 2,000 footers Walk 3 -The Coniston Fells

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13th March 2015
ASCENT: 4,084 Feet - 1,245 Meters
MILES: 14.1
SUMMITS OVER 2,000 Ft: 12, Wetherlam - Wetherlam south cairn - Black Sails - Swirl How - Great Cars - Grey Friar - Brim Fell - Coniston Old Man - Dow Crag - Brown Pike - Walna Scar - White Maiden
ROUTE: Coniston - Sun Hotel - Miners Bridge - Lad Stones - Wetherlam - Black Sails - Swirl Hawse - Prison Band - Swirl How - Great Carrs - Grey Friar - Fairfield - Levers Hawse - Brim Fell - Coniston Old Man - Goats Hawse - Dow Crag - Buck Pike - Brown Pike - Walna Scar - White Maiden - Walna Scar Road - Cove Bridge - Little Arrow Moor - Fell Gate - Sun Hotel - Coniston
 

The Harry Griffin 2,000 footers Walk 4 -Seatallan and Outliers

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21st March 2015
ASCENT: 4,425 Feet - 1,359 Meters
MILES: 13.5
SUMMITS OVER 2,000 Ft: 5, Seatallan - Caw Fell - Iron Crag - Haycock - Scoat Fell
ROUTE: Wast Water - Greendale - Greendale Gill - Middle Fell - Seatallan - Potts of Ashness - Stockdale Head - Caw Fell - Iron Crag - Caw Fell - Little Gowder Crag - Haycock - Scoat Fell - Scoat Tarn - Nether Beck - Netherbeck Bridge - Wast Water
 

The Harry Griffin 2,000 footers Walk 5 -The Gables and Kirk Fell

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4th April 2015
ASCENT: 3,290 Feet - 1,003 Meters
MILES: 9
SUMMITS OVER 2,000 Ft: 7, Grey Knotts - Brandreth - Base Brown - Green Gable - Great Gable - Kirk Fell North Top - Kirk Fell
ROUTE: Honister Pass – Grey Knotts – Brandreth – Base Brown - Green Gable – Windy Gap – Great Gable – Beck Head – Kirk Fell (North Top) – Kirk Fell – Beck Head – Moses Trod – Drum House – Honister Pass
 

The Harry Griffin 2,000 footers Walk 6 -Above Wrynose Pass

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6th April 2015
ASCENT: 1,923 Feet – 586 Meters
MILES: 6
SUMMITS OVER 2,000 Ft: 5, Cold Pike - Little Stand (Red How) - Stonesty Pike - Great Knott - Pike O'Blisco
ROUTE: Wrynose Pass - Cold Pike - Little Stand (Red How) - Stonesty Pike - Great Knott - Red Tarn - Pike O'Blsico - Wrynose Pass
 

The Harry Griffin 2,000 footers Walk 7 -The Buttermere Skyline

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18th April 2015
ASCENT: 4,000 Feet - 1,219 Metres
MILES: 14.5
SUMMITS OVER 2,000 Ft: 11, Honister Crag - Fleetwith Pike South West Top - Fleetwith Pike - High Crag - High Stile - Chapel Crags - Red Pike (Buttermere) - Dodd - Starling Dodd - Great Borne - Great Borne North Top
ROUTE: Top of Honister Pass - Bell Crags - Honister Crag - Fleetwith Pike - Dubs Bottom - Blackbeck Tarn - Innominate Tarn - Hay Stacks - Top of Scarth Gap Pass - Seat - Gamlin End - High Crag - High Stile - Chapel Crags - Red Pike (Buttermere) - Dodd - Little Dodd - Starling Dodd - Great Borne - Great Borne North Top - Floutern Tarn - Whiteoak Moss - Scales Beck - Buttermere Dubbs - The Fish Hotel, Buttermere
 

The Harry Griffin 2,000 footers Walk 8 -The Kentmere Horseshoe

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26th April 2015
ASCENT: 3,494 Feet - 1,065 Meters
MILES: 11.4
SUMMITS OVER 2,000 Ft: 8, Kentmere Pike - Brown Howe - Harter Fell (Mardale) - Mardale Ill Bell - Mardale Ill Bell North Top - Froswick - Ill Bell - Yoke
ROUTE: Kentmere Church - Hollow Bank - Withered Howe - Kentmere Pike - Brown Howe - The Knowe - Harter Fell (Mardale) - Mardale Ill Bell - Mardale Ill Bell North Top - Froswick - Ill Bell - Yoke - Garnburn Pass - Kentmere
 

The Harry Griffin 2,000 footers Walk 9 -The Scafells Ridge

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4th May 2015
ASCENT: 4,428 Feet - 1,350 Metres
MILES: 14
SUMMITS OVER 2,000 Ft: 8, Rossett Pike - Esk Pike - Great End - III Crag North Top - III Crag - Broad Crag - Rough Crag - Pen
ROUTE: ODG - Mickleden - Rossett Gill - Rossett Pike - Angle Tarn - Ore Gap - Esk Pike - Esk Hause - Calf Cove - Great End - Ill Crag North Top - III Crag - Broad Crag - Broad Crag Col - Little Narrowcove - Rough Crag - Pen - Ill Crag South Scree - Calf Cove - Esk Hause - Angle Tarn - Rossett Gill - Mickleden - ODG
 

The Harry Griffin 2,000 footers Walk 10 - Around Pasture Beck

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7th May 2015
ASCENT: 3,010 Feet - 918 Metres
MILES: 7.2
SUMMITS OVER 2,000Ft: 7, Hartsop Dodd - Caudale Moor - Stony Cove Pike - Thornthwaite Crag - Gray Crag South Top - Gray Crag North Top - Gray Crag North West Top
ROUTE: Hartsop - Hartsop Dodd - Mark Atkinson Monument - Caudale Moor (Stony Cove Pike) Threshthwaite Mouth - Thornthwaite Crag - Gray Crag South Top - Gray Crag North Top - Gray Crag North West Top - Hartsop Gill - Hartsop
 

The Harry Griffin 2,000 footers Walk 11 -The Newlands Round

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8th May 2015
ASCENT: 3,565 Feet - 1,087 Metres
MILES: 9.7
SUMMITS OVER 2,000 Ft: 6, Nitting Haws - High Spy - Dale Head - Robinson - Hindscarth South Top - Hindscarth
ROUTE: Little Town - Knott End - High Crags - Maiden Moor - Narrow Moore - Nitting Haws - High Spy - Dalehead Tarn - Dale Head - Hindscarth Edge - Littledale Edge - Robinson - Littledale Edge - Hindscarth South Top - Hindscarth - High Crags - Scope End - Low Snab - Low House Farm - Newlands Church - Little Town
 

The Harry Griffin 2,000 footers Walk 12 -The Glaramara Circuit

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9th May 2015
ASCENT: 3,600 Feet - 1,098 Metres
MILES: 11.6
SUMMITS OVER 2,000Ft: 10, Cam Crag - Combe Head - Glaramara - Glaramara South West Top - Allen Crag Ridge (NY 243 097) - Allen Crag Ridge (NY 241 092) - Allen Crags - Tongue Head - Seathwaite Fell (NY 230 093) - Seathwaite Fell (NY 227 095)
ROUTE: Seatoller - Strands Bridge - Combe Gill - Tarn at Leaves - Rosthwaite Fell - Combe Door - Combe Head - Glaramara - Lincom Tarns - High House Tarn - Allen Crags - Lower Esk Hause - Sprinkling Tarn - Sprinkling Crag Tarn - Styhead Tarn - Styhead Pass - Stockley Bridge - Seathwaite - Seatoller
 

The Harry Griffin 2,000 footers Walk 13 -Harter Fell

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17th May 2015
ASCENT: 872 Feet - 266 Metres
MILES: 3.6
SUMMITS OVER 2,000 Ft: Harter Fell (Eskdale)
ROUTE: Top of Hard Knott Pass - Harter Fell (Eskdale) - Top of Hard Knott Pass
 

The Harry Griffin 2,000 footers Walk 14 -Walking High Street

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23rd May 2015
ASCENT: 3,864 Feet - 1,178 Metres
MILES: 12
SUMMITS OVER 2,000 Ft: 12, Loadpot Hill - Wether Hill (NY 456 167) Wether Hill (NY 455 163) - Red Crag - Raven Howe - High Raise - Kidsty Pike - Rampsgill Head - The Knott - Rest Dodd - High Street - Rough Crag
ROUTE: Martindale New Church - Howtown - Fusedale - Brock Crag - Loadpot Hill - Wether Hill - Red Crag - Raven How - High Raise - Kidsty Pike - Rampsgill Head - The Knott - Straights of Riggindale - High Street - Rough Crag - Mardale Head
 

The Harry Griffin 2,000 footers Walk 15 -The 'Back O' Skiddaw'

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6th June 2015
ASCENT: 3,114 Feet - 950 Metres
MILES: 14.5
SUMMITS OVER 2,000 Ft: 9, Carrock Fell - High Pike - Great Lingy Hill (NY 310 339) - Great Lingy Hill (NY 303 338) - Great Sca Fell - Little Sca Fell - Knott - Coomb Height - Great Calva
ROUTE: Mosedale - Carrock Fell Mine Road - Round Knott - Carrock Fell - Drygill Head - High Pike (Caldbeck) - Great Lingy Hill - Top of Roughton Gill - Great Sca Fell - Little Sca Fell - Great Sca Fell - Knott - Coomb Height - Top of Wiley Gill - Great Calva - River Caldew - Cumbrian Way - Carrock Fel Mine Road - Mosedale
 

The Harry Griffin 2,000 footers Walk 16 -Crinkles to Bowfell

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14th June 2015
ASCENT: 3,670 Feet - 1,119 Metres
MILES: 8.5
SUMMITS OVER 2,000 Ft: 9, Crinkle One - Crinkle Two (Long Top/Summit) - Crinkle Three - Crinkle Four - Crinkle Five (Gunson Knott) - Shelter Crags - Bowfell - Bowfell Buttress - Hanging Knotts
ROUTE: Three Shire Stone, Wrynose Pass - Red Tarn - Crinkle Crags - Shelter Crags - Three Tarns - Bowfell - Bowfell Buttress - Hanging Knotts - Bowfell - Crinkle Crags - Red Tarn - Three Shire Stone
 

The Harry Griffin 2,000 footers Walk 17 -The Fairfield Horseshoe

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20th June 2015
ASCENT: 3,558 Feet - 1,085 Metres
MILES: 11.3
SUMMITS OVER 2,000 Ft: 10, Dove Crag - Hart Crag - Fairfield - Great Rigg - Rydal Fell (NY 356 095) - Rydal Fell (NY 356 093) Rydal Fell (NY 356 092) - Rydal Fell (NY 356 091) - Erne Crag - Heron Pike
ROUTE: Miller Bridge – Rothay Park – Ambleside – Nook Lane - Nook End Farm - Low Sweden Bridge - Low Pike - High Pike – Dove Crag – Hart Crag – Link Hause – Fairfield – Great Rigg – Heron Pike – Erne Crag - Nab Scar – Rydal Hall – Rydal Park – Scandale Bridge – Ambleside – Miller Bridge
 

The Harry Griffin 2,000 footers Walk 18 -Helvellyn Days

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27th June 2015
ASCENT: 6,468 Feet 1,972 Metres
MILES: 16.2
SUMMITS OVER 2,000 Ft: 15, Birkhouse Moor (NY 365 163) - Birkhouse Moor (NY 363 159) - Birkhouse Moor (NY 361 158) Birkhouse Moor (NY 360 157) - Helvellyn - Catstye Cam - Helvellyn Lower Man - White Side - Raise - Nethermost Pike - High Crag - Dollywagon Pike - Seat Sandal - St Sunday Crag - Gavel Pike
ROUTE: Patterdale - Glenridding - Birkhouse Moor North East Ridge - Hole-in-the-Wall - Striding Edge - Helvellyn - Swirral Edge - Catstye Cam - Swirral Edge - Helvellyn Lower Man - White Side - Raise - White Side - Helvellyn Lower Man - Helvellyn - Nethermost Pike - High Crag - Dollywagon Pike - Seat Sandal - Grisedale Tarn - Deepdale Hause - St Sunday Crag - Gavel Pike - Thornhow End - Grisedale Lane - Patterdale
 

The Harry Griffin 2,000 footers Walk 19 -The Traverse of the Dodds

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11th July 2015
ASCENT: 3,578 Feet - 1'091 Metres
MILES: 14
SUMMITS OVER 2,000 Ft: 10, Randerside - Great Dodd - Clough Head - Calfhow Pike - Stybarrow Dodd - Stybarrow Dodd (NY 343 186) - Green Side - Sheffield Pike - Hart Side - Hart Side (NY 362 195)
ROUTE: High Row - Groove Beck - Bruts Moss - Randerside - Great Dodd - Clough Head - Calfhow Pike - Watsons Dodd - Stybarrow Dodd - Green Side - Glencoyne Head - Nick Head - Sheffield Pike - Nick Head - Glencoyne Head - Hart Side - Dowthwaitehead - High Row
 

The Harry Griffin 2,000 footers Walk 20 -The Skiddaw Massif

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14th July 2015
ASCENT: 3,126 Feet - 953 Meters
MILES: 11.2
SUMMITS OVER 2,000 Ft: 6, Lonscale Fell - Skiddaw Little Man - Carl Side - Long Side - Skiddaw - Sale How
ROUTE: Gale Road - Hawell Monument - Lonscale Fell - Jenkin Hill - Skiddaw Lesser Man - Skiddaw Little Man - Broad End - Carl Side - Long Side - Skiddaw - Sale How - Skiddaw House - Cumbrian Way - Glenderaterra Valley - Whit Beck - Gale Road
 

The Harry Griffin 2,000 footers Walk 21 -Summits from Kirkstone

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25th July 2015
ASCENT: 2'561 Feet - 781 Meters
MILES: 7.5
SUMMITS OVER 2,000 Ft: 3, Little Hart Crag West Top - Little Hart Crag East Top - Red Screes
ROUTE: Cow Bridge - Brothers Water - Hartsop Hall - Caiston Glen - Top of Scandale Pass - Little Hart Crag - Scandale Tarn - Top of Scandale Pass - Red Screes - Smallthwaite Band - Middle Dodd - Hartsop Hall - Brothers Water - Cow Bridge
 

The Harry Griffin 2,000 footers Walk 22 -The Mosedale Horseshoe

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8th August 2015
ASCENT: 4,922 Feet - 1,501 Meters
MILES: 10.8
SUMMITS OVER 2'000Ft: 11, Looking Stead - Pillar - Black Crag - Little Scoat Fell - Scoat Fell (NY 158 114) - Steeple - Scoat Fell (Summit) - Little Gowder Crag - Red Pike (Wasdale) Stirrup Crags - Yewbarrow
ROUTE: Wasdale Head - Mosedale - Black Sail Pass - Looking Stead - Pillar - Wind Gap - Black Crag - Scoat Fell - Steeple - Little Gowder Crag - Red Pike - Dore Head - Stirrup Crags - Yewbarrow - Bob Graham Relay Descent off Yewbarrow - Road Back to Wasdale Head
 

The Harry Griffin 2,000 footers Walk 23 -Around Coledale Hause

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15th August 2015
ASCENT: 5,493 Feet - 1,675
MILES: 15
SUMMITS OVER 2'000Ft: 13, Grisedale Pike - Grisedale Pike (NY 139 221) - Hopegill Head - Ladyside Pike - Whiteside - Sand Hill - Grasmoor - Whiteless Pike - Wandope - Eel Crag (Crag Hill) - Sail - Scar Crags - Causey Pike
ROUTE: Whinlatter Pass – Kin – Sleet How – Grisedale Pike – Hobcarton Crag – Hopegill Head - Ladyside Pike - Whiteside - Traverse below Hopegill Head – Sand Hill – Grasmoor North East Ridge - Grasmoor - Thirdgill Head Man - Whiteless Edge - Whiteless Pike - Whiteless Edge - Wandope – Eel Crag (Crag Hill) – Sail – Scar Crags – Causey Pike  – High Moss – Barrow Door – High Coledale – Braithwaite – Whinlatter Pass
 

The Harry Griffin 2,000 footers Walk 24 -Place Fell

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22nd August 2015
ASCENT: 1,662 Feet - 507 Meters
MILES: 4.5
SUMMITS OVER 2'000Ft: Place Fell
ROUTE: Patterdale - Side Farm - Grey Crag - The Knight - Place Fell - Round How - Steel Edge - Boredale Hause - Rooking - Patterdale
 

The Harry Griffin 2,000 footers Walk 25 - Pillar Rock

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29th August 2015
ASCENT: 2,884 Feet - 880 Meters
MILES: 10.5
SUMMITS OVER 2'000Ft: No Summit Was Reached On This Walk
ROUTE: Bowness Knott - Irish Bridge - Moss Dub - Ennerdale Plantations - High Beck - White Pike North West Ridge - Pillar Cove - Pillarcove Beck - River Liza - High Gillerthwaite - Low Gillerthwaite - Bowness Knott
 

The Harry Griffin 2,000 footers Walk 26 -Blencathra and Neighbours

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5th September 2015
ASCENT: 4,600 Feet - 1,403 Meters
MILES: 13.6
SUMMITS OVER 2'000Ft: 6, Blencathra (Halls Fell Top) - Knowe Crags - Bowscale Fell (NY 333 305) - Bowscale Fell (NY 340 310) - Bannerdale Crags (NY 329 296) - Bannerdale Crags (NY 336 290)
ROUTE: Threlkeld - near Gategill Farm - Hall's Fell - Hall's Fell Ridge - Blencathra - Scales Fell - Scales Tarn - Blencathra - Knowe Crags - Blencathra summit Tarn - Atkinson Pike - Glenderamackin Col - Bowscale Fell - Bannerdale Crags - River Glenderamackin - top of Mousthwaite Combe - Scaley Beck - Diddick Gill - Gategill Farm - Threlkeld
 

The Harry Griffin 2,000 footers Walk 27 -The Roof of England

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13th September 2015
ASCENT: 5,061 Feet - 1,543 Meters
MILES: 11
SUMMITS OVER 2'000Ft: 5, Lingmell - Scafell Pike - Scafell - Cam Spout Crag - Slight Side
ROUTE: Wasdale Head - Down in the Dale - Brackenclose - Lingmell - Lingmell Col - Scafell Pike - Mickledore - Foxes Tarn gully - Mickledore - Lord's Rake - Scafell - Long Green - Slight Side - Long Gill - Hardrigg Gill - Hard Rigg - Corpse Road - Brackenclose - Down in the Dale - Wasdale Head
 

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