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Craggin' Classic

Every year, the American Alpine Club hosts Regional Craggin' Classic climbing festivals in iconic climbing destinations across the country. Each event features fascinating presentations from climbers that have inspired us over the generations, camping, food, music, camaraderie, and of course climbing on some amazing stone! Join climbers in your area or travel to a Craggin' Classic on your next road trip.

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Cathedral Ledge, NH | Bishop, CA | Salt Lake City, UT | New River Gorge, WV | Smith Rock, OR

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Email the Club at info@americanalpineclub.org or your Regional Coordinator for More Information.

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Northwest Region Craggin' Classic: Crimpfest - Smith Rock, OR
Featuring the CAMP USA 10 Hour Crushfest and the Burma Road Viking Run

October 12-13 2013


REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED, BUT YOU MAY STILL ATTEND! FIND THE "WELCOME YURT" AND BE A PART OF THE CRAGGIN' CLASSIC. (credit cards will be accepted in the Welcome Yurt)

Climbing Area and Event Headquarters: Smith Rock State Park

For beta and weather visit www.smithrock.com

Camping Information:

Smith Rock State Park has a walk-in campground next to the park. Car and RV camping is available at Skull Hollow Campground

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We're back again this year at Smith Rock State Park. Co-hosted by Redpoint Climbers Supply, with much help from the Mazamas and Terrebonne Depot. Compete in the CAMP USA Crushfest Climbing Comp for huge gear and cash prizes, and don't forget to wear a costume for bonus points. If that's not enough, we're throwing together the first annual Burma Road Viking Run on Sunday. The rules are simple: first runners (walkers/limpers/crawlers?) to the top win prizes sponsored by Hilleberg and Northwest Alpine!

We packed out the Terrebonne Depot last year, so we'll be watching REEL ROCK 8 in a giant tent in their yard this time around. Have dinner, grab a drink, then head outside for the biggest party at Smith this year!

Schedule of Events:

Wednesday / Thursday: October 9th-10th

WFA Class with Longleaf Medical.
For more information and to sign up: http://www.longleafmedical.com/10913-wfa-course-registration.html

Saturday, October 12th:

6AM: Breakfast sponsored by SRCFC

6AM - 4PM: CAMP USA Crushfest Climbing Comp sponsored by CAMP USA

9AM - 4PM: Climbing clinics with athletes and First Ascent Climbing Guide

- Aid Climbing: not only does aid climbing technique open up a lot of new terrain for any level climber, it accelerates the learning curve of placing bomber protection. For the alpine climber it can help through the especially tricky sections and can get you to the top faster if the sun is starting to set a little faster than you anticipated. And who doesn't want to climb a big wall?

- From gym to crag: a great many climbers are taking their first steps inside a gym. If you're one of those climbers, or need a refresher on how to climb at the crag safely including top rope set up and cleaning, considerations for moving anchors, belay stances and techniques, and gear selection this clinic is for you.

- Learning to lead: Ready for the sharp end? Go over gear placement, anchor building, mental preperation and more with professional climbers and guides.

- Performance crack climbing: Smith is known for its world class sport climbing, and in between the clip-ups are some of the finest cracks you'll ever stuff your hands into. Hand jams, ringlocks, finger locks, fist jams and foot technique are the order of the day.

9AM - 4PM: Climbing shoe demos with Boreal and Five-Ten

9AM - 4PM: Bouldering demo and clinic sponsored by Boreal and Metolius

4:30 PM: Vendor fair at the Terrebonne Depot

5PM: Dinner and drinks at the Terrebonne Depot

7PM: REEL ROCK 8 at the Terrebonne Depot, hosted by Redpoint Climbers Supply

Sunday, October

7AM: Breakfast sponsored by the Mazamas

9AM: Stewardship project - give some love back to the park! Coordinated with The Mazamas

9AM: The First Annual Burma Road Viking Run! Sponsored by Hilleberg and Northwest Alpine

REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED, BUT YOU MAY STILL ATTEND! FIND THE WELCOME YURT AND BE A PART OF THE CRAGGIN' CLASSIC.

AAC members get special pricing using the code found here (must be logged in to view)—Not a Member? Join the Club Today to get yours!

Northwest Craggin' Classic Partners


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Western Region: Bishop, CA: November 8-10 2013

Reel Rock, Buttermilks, High-Lines, Hot-Dogs, Bonfires, New Belgium, Segal, Stanhope, & Robinson, OH MY!

Join the American Alpine Club and C.A.M.P. for the annual Fall Highball Craggin' Classic happening in Bishop, CA on November 8-10, 2013. This very special Eastside event features Reel Rock Film Tour 8; a free volunteer breakfast in the Buttermilks; a Buttermilk Adopt-a-Crag; a special high-line demo station hosted by Gibbon; an evening Climber Reception Party at Mill Creek Station hosted by New Belgium Brewing Co. featuring free beer, silent auction, food, bonfires, raffle, and a very special slideshow presentation by Matt Segal and Will Stanhope; and, on Sunday, a guided tour of Smoke's Rockcourse and private New Belgium beer tasting with climbing legend Doug Robinson!

Registration Information:
Tickets are $15 which includes both the Friday showing of Reel Rock Film Tour 8 as well as entrance into the Saturday evening Climber's Reception featuring free beer from New Belgium, a silent auction, food, bonfires, raffles and the slideshow presentation by Matt Segal and Will Stanhope. Tickets will be sold at the door, first come, first served.

**Tickets for the Sunday guided tour of Smoke's Rockcourse with Doug Robinson & private New Belgium beer tasting are $50 and must be purchased in advance. Space is extremely limited so pick up your tickets today. Tickets may be purchased at: http://rockcourse.bpt.me

All proceeds of the Fall Highball Craggin' Classic benefit the American Alpine Club's Live Your Dream Grant in the Western Region--a grant which funds the every-man adventurer looking to push their climbing resume into the next level. More information on the Live Your Dream Grant can be found at http://americanalpineclub.org/grants

Event Details:
Climbing Areas: Buttermilks
Event Headquarters: Buttermilks and Mill Creek Station (Click for directions)
Camping: Free Camping at Bitterbrush Campground; or $2 at The PV Pit; or $10 at Pleasant Valley Campground

Friday, Nov. 8
7:00pm Reel Rock Film Tour 8 at Mill Creek Station
A special showing of the Reel Rock Film Tour 8, the annual tour of the worlds greatest climbing and adventure films. Doors open at 7:00pm. Tickets are $15 and sold at a first come, first served basis. The ticket price includes admission into the Saturday evening party, including free beer, silent auction, and slideshow as well!

Saturday, Nov. 9
8:00am Breakfast, Adopt-a-Crag, & Highlining at the Buttermilks
Free volunteer breakfast provided by Black Sheep Coffee Roasters and Wilson's Eastside Sports followed by a Buttermilk Adopt-a-Crag with the Access Fund Conservation Crew, the USFS, and Friends of the Inyo. There will also be a high-line demo station run by Gibbon for those adventures looking to get off the deck!

5:00pm Climber Reception, Beer, Bonfires, Slideshow at Mill Creek Station
Join us for an evening reception party hosted by New Belgium Brewing Co. complete with food and beer, a killer silent auction, bonfires, raffles, and a special slideshow presentation by climbing athletes Matt Segal and Will Stanhope! Doors open at 5:00pm slideshow begins around 7:30pm. Tickets are $15 sold at the door on a first come, first served basis. Attendees who purchased a ticket for the Friday Reel Rock Showing are admitted free of charge.

Sunday, Nov. 10
10:00am Guided tour of Smoke's Rockcourse with Doug Robinson & Private New Belgium tasting
imgres.jpegGet your tickets TODAY for a special guided tour of Smoke's Rock Course in the Buttermilks led by climbing legend Doug Robinson. After the guided tour, sit down for a private New Belgium beer tasting at the foot of the Sierra! Space is limited to 8 participants. Tickets for this special event are $50 and can be purchased at: http://rockcourse.bpt.me

Smoke's Rock Course is an old-school, class 4 and 5 scramble across the Buttermilk country, first explored by Eastside climbing legend Smoke Blanchard. Your adventure will involve scrambling, climbing, chimneys, jumping, scooting, and hopping your way across the granite formations and should only be embarked upon by those with adequate climbing skills and those comfortable climbing 4th and easy 5th class without a rope or harness. The adventure will be taught old-school style by Doug Robinson, perhaps the only pioneer of Yosemite's Golden Age still active, and you will learn how to climb with nothing but a thin rope and your shoes!

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Rockies Region

SLC, UT: August 23-25 2013

Click to Register for the Salt Lake Craggin' Classic!

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Co-hosted with the Salt Lake Climbers Alliance at the Alta Peruvian Lodge in Alta, UT with camping at Albion Basin Camground and climbing in Little Cottonwood Canyon and the Wasatch this August 23-25!

The Craggin’ Classic is all about celebrating community, stewardship, and all things climbing! The AAC and the SLCA are psyched to bring this event back to Utah! Join us for:

Clinics hosted by Mountain Education and Development. There will be three different timeslots for these clinics; you can sign up for up to three on Saturday and Sunday! Clinics include:
-Fundamentals of Top Rope Climbing
-Fundamentals of Sport Lead Climbing
-Fundamentals of Traditional Lead Climbing
-Multi-pitch Transitions and Efficiency
-Climbing Self-Rescue
-Anchors for Climbing (natural, fixed, traditional)
-Kids Climbing

Kick back in the evenings at the Alta Peruvian Lodge where we will chow down on food from Himalayan Kitchen and sip brews from Shades of Pale.

Gong Show with local climbing legends!

Slideshows from local heros including Apa Sherpa (world record holder for number of Everest ascents), pro climbers Kyle Dempster, Rob Pizem, Jesse Mease, and more!

Vendor Village with prizes and swag from our sponsors CAMP, Black Diamond, The Front Climbing Club, Petzl, Liberty Mt, backcountry.com, Momentum, Mammut, and more!

Shoe Demos by La Sportiva!

Friday Movie Night featuring Allison Otto’s Keeper of the Mountain and Eddie Bauer’s High & Hallowed: 1963

Keeper of the Mountains
Keeper of the Mountains is a portrait of Elizabeth Hawley and her unlikely key role in the Golden Age of Himalayan mountaineering, her defiance of the traditional gender roles of her day and her decision to settle alone in Kathmandu in 1960, where she has famously lived life on her own terms ever since.
Hawley, 89 and a former journalist, maintains the world's largest and most treasured archive of Himalayan mountaineering expeditions and her work is trusted by news organizations and publications around the globe.
All this despite never having climbed a mountain herself.
The film is an impressionistic snapshot of her life and the challenges she currently faces as she tries to maintain the mountaineering archives and her independence while dealing with advancing age.

Click here to watch the trailer!

High and Hallowed: 1963

High and Hallowed: Everest 1963 is the deeper story of the greatest Himalayan climb in American mountaineering history. Profiling the bold and visionary efforts of the 1963 American Mount Everest Expedition, the film examines the sheer commitment, step-by-step struggle and lasting impact of the first American ascent of Mt. Everest and the pioneering first ascent of the West Ridge. Five decades later, High and Hallowed: Everest 1963 journeys back to Everest to discover if the essence of risk, adventure and the unknown that drew the first Americans to the summit still exists on Everest today.

Click here to watch the trailer!

Stewardship Project on Saturday with the Access Fund Trail Team! Come on out and get your hands dirty for Alta’s first-ever volunteer driven stewardship day!

Raffles to benefit the AAC’s Live Your Dream Grant and the SLCA’s Gym to Crag program! Items from CAMP, Black Diamond, Petzl, Evolv, Arc’teryx, Mammut, Sterling, and more!

Venue Details:

Albion Basin Campground

From I-215, take the 6200 South exit and travel a mile east to Wasatch Blvd. Take Wasatch Blvd 3 miles south to the junction with Little Cottonwood Canyon/Highway 210. Take a left at the junction and travel up Little Cottonwood Canyon 10.2 miles to the campground. The last 2.4 miles are on a maintained gravel road.

Peruvian Lodge

10000 East Little Cottonwood Road, Alta, UT

Schedule of Events

Friday, August 23

5pm Check-in; set up camp at Albion Basin (Albion Basin campground)

8pm Movie Night at the Peruvian Lodge (10000 East Little Cottonwood Road,
Alta, UT) featuring “Keeper of the Mountain” and “High & Hallowed:
1963

Saturday, August 24

6-9am Little Cottonwood Canyon is closed for a half marathon.

10-11am Breakfast from BD and Backcountry.com, Coffee from Silver Bean, and Check-in.

11am-12 Gear demos from Vendors

12-4pm Stewardship Project with the Jeep / Access Fund Trail Team and Patagonia

12-4pm Clinics with MED

6-7:30pm Dinner from Himalayan Kitchen

8pm-11pm Party/Presentations/Gongshow/Music/Raffle/etc. at the Peruvian Lodge

Sunday, August 25

7-9am Breakfast from Saturday's Waffles and Silver Bean Coffee

9am – 1pm Clinics with MED

2-6pm Clinics with MED

6pm Event concludes

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Southeast Region Craggin' Classic: New River Gorge, WV

September 20-22 2013

Register for the Southeast Craggin' Classic

AAC members get special pricing using the code found here (must be logged in to view)—Not a Member? Join the Club Today to get yours!

We are looking foward to the second annual Craggin' Classic in the New River Gorge. In the spirit of keeping this Craggin' Classic real, we will be painstakingly slow-smoking another pig and enjoy some live Old Time music Friday night along with a throw-back slide show from John Bragg on the first American Ascent of Patagonia's Cerro Torre. Stick around Friday night also for a screening of"Keeper of the Mountains;"a documentary of Elizabeth Hawley and Mt. Everest Ascents, as well as "High & Hallowed," the 2012 Everest Expedition that sought to retrace the 1963 first American Ascent of Everst.

CAMP is the title sponsor, and they will be out in full force with CAMP Athletes, and an overland obstacle course at the AAC Campground…expect Big Prizes for participating at your leisure during the weekend.

Climbing and Clinics will ensue on Saturday; we have a slew of amazing clinic experiences from "Intro. to Trad," to "Intro to Falling..the Warrior's Way"..as well as "Wilderness Climbing Medicine", "Traditional Protection & Anchoring", "Crack Climbing for Women", "How to Climb Tall when you are Short", "Strength & Training for Bouldering", "Trad Technique", and "Top Rope Anchoring". When everyone rolls there old (and not so old) bones back to the AAC Campground Saturday night, we will have dinner waiting! Saturday evening will also include a multi-media presentation by Mountain Hardware Athlete Freddie Wilkinson on his journey to Alaska. After the slide show, we will break right into our live auction to benefit the AAC's Live Your Dream Grant. Did someone say dance party? Yup, we will bring it all home with a Full Moon Dance Party Saturday night. Sunday, half alive I am sure, we will have breakfast and lend a hand in furthering progress at the AAC's Campground with a Conservation project.

Climbing Areas: New River Gorge

Event Headquarters: AAC NRG Campground

Camping/Lodging: Primitive camping at the AAC NRG Campground is the Craggin' Classic HQ. If you prefer ammenities, chekc out Cantrell's, and River Rock Retreat and Hostel.

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Join the Facebook event to get updates and more info.: https://www.facebook.com/events/595653463790970/

Schedule of Events:

*WEEK PRIOR TO THE CRAGGIN' CLASSIC*:

Saturday, September 14 - Friday, September 20

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. -- Wilderness First Responder Certification with Vertical Medicine Resources

CRAGGIN' CLASSIC SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Friday, September 20

At your leisure: CAMP sponsored Obstacle Course @the AAC Campground--expect Big Prizes! Find CAMP in the vendor village

4:00 p.m. — Vendor Set up at the AAC NRG Campground
6:00 p.m. — Pig Roast Dinner & Old Time Music at the AAC NRG Campground

8:30-9:30 p.m. -- John Bragg Slide Show of Patagonia's Cerro Torre

9:30 - 10:00 p.m. -- "Keeper of the Mountains" documentary: explore the life of Elizabeth Hawley in her pursuit to track and document all parties who attempt to ascend Mount Everest.

10:00 p.m. - 10:45 p.m. -- "High & Hollowed" documentary: 2012 Everest Expedition Team attempts to recreate the 1963 first American Ascent up the Southeast and West ridges of Mt. Everest.

Saturday, September 21

At your leisure: CAMP sponsored Obstacle Course @the AAC Campground--expect Big Prizes! Find CAMP in the vendor village

Click to read more about the Clinics.

8:00 a.m. — Coffee/Breakfast at AAC NRG Campground
8:00 - 10:00 a.m. — Vendor Village; Demo Gear
All Day — Climbing

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. — Climbing Clinic: Traditional Protection & Anchoring with Appalachian Mountain Institute (meet at AAC NRG Campground)

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. --Climbing Clinic: Climbing First Aid: Prepare and Prevent with Vertical Medicine Resources (meet at AAC Campground)

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. — Climbing Clinic: Intro. to Falling...The Warrior's Way with Arno Ilgner (meet at AAC NRG Campground)

9:00 a.m. - 4: 00 p.m. — Climbing Clinic: Strength & Training for Bouldering Clinic with Five Ten Athlete Tim Rose (meet at AAC NRG Campground)

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. — Climbing Clinic: Crack Climbing for Women with Five Ten Athlete Jessa Goebel (meet at AAC NRG Campground)

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. — Climbing Clinic: Intro. to Trad Climbing with Seneca Rocks Climbing School (meet at AAC NRG Campground)

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. -- Climbing Clinic: Trad Technique with New River Mountain Guides (meet at AAC Campground)

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. -- Climbing Clinic: How to Climb Tall when you are Short with Whitney Bolland

5:00 p.m. — Vendor Village & Gear Return at the AAC NRG Campground
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. — Drinks & Dinner at the AAC Campground
8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. — Slide Show with Mountain Hardware Athlete Freddie Wilkinson
9:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. — Live Auction to benefit the AAC's Live Your Dream Grant

10:30 p.m.-2:00 a.m. --Full Moon Dance Party at the Tuggin' Shack (AAC Campground) with Jason Babkirk and Marcy L 4007

Sunday, September 22

At your leisure: CAMP sponsored Obstacle Course @the AAC Campground--expect Big Prizes! Find CAMP in the vendor village

8:00 a.m. — Coffee/Breakfast at TBD
9:00 - 12:00 p.m. — Stewardship Activity, meet at the AAC NRG Campground

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Register for the Southeast Craggin' Classic

AAC members get special pricing using the code found here (must be logged in to view)—Not a Member? Join the Club Today to get yours!

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Cathedral Fest: Northeast Region Craggin' Classic: North Conway, NH

September 13-15, 2013

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AAC Members receive a 20% discount on all tickets. Log in to your profile at americanalpineclub.org and then go to this link to find your discount code. Not a Member? Join the Club Today to get yours!

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The 2nd Annual Cathedral Ledge Craggin Classic -- September 13 - 15.

A weekend of climbing, clinics, yoga, slide shows, conservation projects, live music, and a yankee-style AAC pig roast.

Climbing Areas: Cathedral Ledge and Whitehorse Ledge

Event Headquarters: Glen Ellis Campground (10 minutes from Cathedral Ledge)

Camping / Lodging: Glen Ellis Campground (tent space for Friday and Saturday night included in All-Weekend Pass ($48). All campers need a Weekend Pass, but kids under 17 camp for free so just get tickets to the evening events for them. For evening events: kids under 12 are free!

Save time at check in and fill out the event waiver online! Click here for our EZWAIVER.

DOWNLOAD A PDF OF THE EVENT SCHEDULE: CathedralLedgeCragginClassic.pdf

Event Details:

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13:

-Friday night pig roast reception: pig roast dinner, beer, dessert, live music, silent auction -- 5:00-9:00 pm -- $15: Tickets sold here, also available first come/first serve at the door -- Glen Ellis Campground

-Climbers’ camping at the Glen Ellis Campground (reserve your spot with the All Weekend Pass)

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14:

-Morning climbers’ yoga at the campground -- 8:00-9:00 am – FREE

-Gear demo & vendor village (Glen Ellis Campground) – 8:00-10:00 am - FREE

- Pancake Breakfast brought to you by the Gear Doc and IME (Glen Ellis Campground) - 8:00-10:00 am - FREE

-Skills clinics – 8:30 am – 2:00 pm -- $75 -- meet at the Glen Ellis Campground; make reservations here

- 4:30-6:30 pm -- Gear demo, vendor village, tug-of-war tournament

- 6:30-9:30 PM: Saturday night burrito dinner & slide shows: burrito, beer, raffle, slide shows by Madaleine Sorkin (big-wall free climbing in Yosemite and Kyrgyzstan) and John Bragg (rock climbing in the 1970s): $15: Tickets sold here, also available first come/first serve at the door -- Glen Ellis Campground

-Climbers’ camping at the Glen Ellis Campground (reserve your spot with the All Weekend Pass)

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15:

-Morning climbers’ yoga at the campground – 8:00-9:00 am – FREE

-Gear demo & vendor village – 8:00-10:00 am -- Glen Ellis Campground

- Pancake Breakfast brought to you by the Gear Doc and IME (Glen Ellis Campground) - 8:00-10:00 am - FREE

- Skills clinics – 8:30 am – 2:00 pm -- $75 -- meet at the Glen Ellis Campground; make reservations here

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ABOUT SKILLS CLINICS

We will run all of our clinics rain or shine. All of our skills clinics are group clinics taught by professional guides. Most groups will have 4-8 participants. We reserve the right to cancel clinics if we have less than 4 people signed up.

All clinics meet at the Glen Ellis Campground. Guides will provide all gear -- bring personal harness, shoes, helmet if you have them, otherwise they will be provided. Bring snacks and water for yourself for the day.

Saturday Clinics (8:30am-2pm):

· Self-rescue (All levels)

· Trad protection and anchors (Beginner/Intermediate)

· Crack climbing techniques (Intermediate/Advanced) -- learn footwork and jamming techniques for various crack sizes at the Barber Wall or the North End

· Trad climbing techniques (Beginner/Intermediate)

· Women's trad climbing clinic (All levels)

· Multi-pitch systems (Intermediate/Advanced) (Ground school and top-rope setting to teach about efficient multi-pitch anchoring, belaying, and transition techniques).

Sunday Clinics (8:30am-2pm):

· Self-rescue (All levels)

· Trad protection and anchors (Beginner/Intermediate)

· Crack climbing techniques (Intermediate/Advanced)

· Trad climbing techniques (Beginner/Intermediate)

· Women's trad climbing clinic (All levels)

· Multi-pitch systems (Intermediate/Advanced) (Ground school and top-rope setting to teach about efficient multi-pitch anchoring, belaying, and transition techniques).

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Register for the Northeast Craggin' Classic

Save time during check-in at the event and sign your waiver now - click here for the EZWaiver online.

AAC members get special pricing using the code found here (must be logged in to view)—Not a Member? Join the Club Today to get yours!

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