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Between July 21 and 22 as temperatures pushed 100 degrees on the Yosemite Valley floor, high above the ground, Joe Baker and his son Samuel (age 6) climbed the tip of Lost Arrow Spire, a slender finger of granite extending out from the wall near the top of Yosemite Falls, 2,700 feet above the ground.

As day turned to night, they crawled into their portaledge and prepared to sleep while suspended from the overhanging tower. Then the wind picked up and howled through the notch between the spire and rim, rattling their portable shelter against the wall. Temperatures dropped and the two shivered.

“At night, it was horrendous. Full-on winter conditions,” Baker tells me over FaceTime from his living room in Colorado Springs, CO, with his son peeping over his shoulder. Chewing on a corndog, Sam chimes in, “while we were on it [the portaledge] was lifting and dropping. The camping was freezing.”

Millions of visitors a year gaze up at Lost Arrow Spire, which sits like a golden pencil against the immense wall surrounding it. The 250-foot pillar draws climbers from around the world to climb it, but it’s rare for teams to spend the night there.

Even though Yosemite is currently open, visitation is limited at the moment. Access to the park requires not only obtaining a vehicle permit but also an overnight parking permit. The park is also limiting group sizes to no more than 10. Between his ground team and climbing team, 25 people provided support to Baker and his son.

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Joe Baker

Sam’s ascent marks one of the youngest up the Lost Arrow Spire Tip, including Tommy Caldwell, who also did the route at age 6. But getting a record isn’t why Baker arranged the climb for his son. Sam’s inspirations are Selah Schneiter, who climbed the Nose on El Capitan at age 10 and Pearl Johnson, who climbed Triple Direct (which shares the upper third portion of the Nose) at 9. All three climbers used mechanical ascenders to ascend the rope and were secured with backup. (Selah led a few sections on the Nose.)

Were you scared? I ask Sam.

“Um. Yeah,” he replies. “But I’d do it again.”

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Joe Baker

Baker and his wife Ann spent the last nine months preparing

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Taylor Swift And Travis Kelce Both Won People’s Choice Awards, As Did Ice Spice, Beyoncé, And Other Music Stars

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Pop culture’s hottest power couple of the moment, Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce, both came up big at this weekend’s People’s Choice Awards.

The ceremony went down yesterday (February 18) and Swift ended up coming away with four awards: Female Artist Of The Year, Pop Artist Of The Year, Concert Tour Of The Year for The Eras Tour, and Social Celebrity Of The Year. Kelce, meanwhile, won his sole nomination for Athlete Of The Year.

Elsewhere, other highlights included Jung Kook picking up Male Artist Of The Year; Bad Bunny and Shakira winning Male and Female Latin Artist Of The Year, respectively; Nicki Minaj getting Hip-Hop Artist Of The Year; Beyoncé being named R&B Artist Of The Year; and Ice Spice being crowned New Artist Of The Year.

As far as music people outside of the music categories, Selena Gomez’s Only Murders In The Building won Comedy Show Of The Year, Gomez won Female TV Star Of The Year for the show, The Voice won Competition Show Of The Year, Billie Eilish won TV Performance Of The Year for her role in Swarm, and The Kelly Clarkson Show won Daytime Talk Show Of The Year.

Check out the nominees of the music awards (with winners in bold) below and find the full list of winners in all categories here.

Male Artist Of The Year

Bad Bunny
Jack Harlow
Jung Kook
Luke Combs
Morgan Wallen
Post Malone
The Weeknd

Female Artist Of The Year

Doja Cat
Karol G
Lainey Wilson
Miley Cyrus
Nicki Minaj
Olivia Rodrigo
Taylor Swift

Male Country Artist Of The Year

Chris Stapleton
Cody Johnson
Jelly Roll
Kane Brown
Luke Combs
Morgan Wallen
Zach Bryan

Female Country Artist Of The Year

Ashley McBryde
Carly Pearce
Carrie Underwood
Gabby Barrett
Kelsea Ballerini
Lainey Wilson
Megan Moroney
Shania Twain

Male Latin Artist Of The Year

Bad Bunny
Manuel Turizo
Peso Pluma
Rauw Alejandro

Female Latin Artist Of The Year

Ángela Aguilar
Becky G
Kali Uchis
Karol G
Young Miko

Pop Artist Of The Year

Billie Eilish
Doja Cat
Dua Lipa
Jung Kook
Miley Cyrus
Olivia Rodrigo
Tate McRae
Taylor Swift

Hip-Hop Artist Of The Year

Cardi B
Jack Harlow
Nicki Minaj
Post Malone
Travis Scott

R&B Artist Of The Year

Brent Faiyaz
Janelle Monáe
The Weeknd
Victoria Monét

New Artist Of The Year

Coi Leray
Ice Spice
Jelly Roll
Jung Kook
Noah Kahan
Peso Pluma
Stephen Sanchez

Group/Duo Of The Year

Dan + Shay
Fuerza Regida
Grupo Frontera
Jonas Brothers
Old Dominion
Stray Kids

Song Of The Year

Dua Lipa, “Dance The Night”
Luke Combs, “Fast Car”
Miley Cyrus, “Flowers”
Gunna, “F*kumean”
Tate McRae, “Greedy”
Morgan Wallen, “Last Night”
Doja Cat, “Paint The Town Red”
Olivia Rodrigo, “Vampire”

Album Of The Year

Miley Cyrus, Endless Summer Vacation
Drake, For All The Dogs
Luke Combs, Gettin’ Old
Olivia Rodrigo, Guts
Karol G, Mañana Será Bonito
Bad Bunny, Nadie Sabe Lo Que Va a Pasar Mañana
Morgan Wallen, One Thing AT A Time
Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday 2

Collaboration Song Of The Year

Lil Durk Feat. J. Cole, “All My Life”
Nicki Minaj & Ice Spice with Aqua, “Barbie World”
Eslabon Armado X Peso Pluma, “Ella Baila Sola”
Drake Feat. J. Cole, “First Person Shooter”
Zach Bryan feat. Kasey Musgraves, “I Remember Everything”
Jung Kook feat. Latto, “Seven”
Karol G and Shakira, “TQG”
Grupo Frontera X Bad Bunny, “Un x100to”

Concert Tour Of The Year

Ed Sheeran, +–=÷x Tour
Coldplay, Music of the Spheres World Tour
Harry Styles, Love on Tour
Luke Combs, World Tour
Morgan Wallen, One Night at a Time World Tour
PInk, Summer Carnival Tour
Beyoncé, Renaissance World Tour
Taylor Swift, The Eras Tour

Some artists covered here are Warner Music artists. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music Group.


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Thompson Returns in Hanley Motorsports Toyota Supra GT4


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Parker Thompson will continue with Hanley Motorsports in Pirelli GT4 America’s Silver class, it has been announced.

Thompson, who has stepped up to full-time IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition with Lexus squad Vasser Sullivan, will continue to share the cockpit of the No. 999 Toyota GR Supra GT4 EVO with Daniel Hanley.

The duo took part in last year’s GT4 America season, highlighted by an overall victory at Virginia International Raceway in the team’s first season of competition.

“In 2023, we made a late decision to form a team and join Pirelli GT4 America,” said team owner Robert Hanley.

“Despite having minimal preparation, our group performed exceptionally out of the gate. By the end of the season, we felt like we were among the best in the field.

“I’m excited that we are returning this year with a team that is virtually unchanged. From our drivers to our crew, having key individuals return gives us the best chance to build on the progress we made in our first year.

“It also demonstrates each individual’s belief that our team can find the next level. I expect we will challenge the best in this Pirelli GT4 America series and fight for the championship title.”

Thompson added: “Pirelli GT4 America continues to be one of the most competitive sports car championships on the continent. We saw some great competition at the front of the field last year and fully expect that to continue in 2024.

“It was rewarding to work closely with Daniel and see him grow in his first year of racing.

“We’ve continued to work together through the off-season and gotten to the point where I can challenge him, and he can challenge me right back.

“The Hanley Motorsports GR Supra GT4 EVO has been a riot to drive. It’s a very well-rounded race car.

“That makes it a great platform for driver development, and it puts us in the mix at every track we visit. Altogether, we’re in a promising position in the Silver class.”


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Title: Thompson Returns in Hanley Motorsports Toyota Supra GT4
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Talbot Quickest in First Bronze Practice Session



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Liam Talbot laid down the quickest time in the second practice session for the Repco Bathurst 12 Hour, keeping the No. 22 Melbourne Performance Centre Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II atop the time charts in the Bronze driver-only session.

Talbot’s 2:06.222 lap time was two-tenths clear of Kenny Habul, who held the quickest time for the majority of the running in the No. 75 SunEnergy1 Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo.

Yasser Shahin put the No. 911 Manthey EMA Type-991.2 Porsche 911 GT3 R third quickest, followed by the No. 2 MPC Audi of Brad Schumacher in fourth, which only came in the closing minutes of the 40-minute session.

The No. 48 M-Motorsport Mercedes-AMG completed the top-five, meanwhile.

As was the case in FP1, there were no red flags or incidents in the second session.

The third Free Practice session, which is open to all drivers, gets underway at 1:30 p.m. local time (Thursday, 9:30 p.m. ET) followed by another Bronze-only session at 4:10 p.m. (12:10 a.m. ET).

RESULTS: Free Practice 2 (Bronze Only)


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Title: Talbot Quickest in First Bronze Practice Session
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