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Yosemite National Park is now open (with limits; campgrounds remain closed). As a local climber, this means I’m taking day-trips into the nearby park and revisiting my favorite famed routes in the “Center of the Universe,” as it’s known to climbers all over the world. The park offers climbing options unmatched anywhere for their length and grandeur—waterfalls flow down giant golden granite, cracks split the rock vertically for hundreds of feet, and slender spires pepper the canyon walls.

Finally, after months of training at home on hangboards and trail running to stay fit, I’m scrambling over the boulders in historic Camp 4, jamming splitter cracks, and running up cruiser lines like the 2,000-foot Royal Arches route. The walk-off for this route snakes its way across the precipice of Yosemite Valley, following a faint climber’s trail of worn lichen before descending slabs and narrow ledges. Half Dome commands the view. The final descent gully is one of the most scenic—not to mention one of the most exposed and dangerous—areas of the park (not recommended except for the most experienced climbers).

To complete this descent safely, I wear sticky-soled approach shoes and a fleece top, as the hike is often done at last light while it’s cool outside, and I carry a fully charged headlamp that’s bright enough to help me navigate the circuitous trail and do the down-climbing sections safely.

Even if you don’t plan or execute a route this ambitious, you still want to know that your climbing gear is built to handle these rigors. And if you do want to set Yosemite National Park as your target bucket-list climbing destination, selecting the right kit is a good place to start—stocked with gear that can stand up to these long, demanding climbs, from shoes to headlamps to custom fleeces. Below are six new items that excel in Yosemite, and that can be used in any big climbing area (or even if your climbs are shorter and you’re just thinking Yosemite big).

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Silva Trail Speed 4XT 1200 Headlamp The Silva Trail Speed 4XT 1200 is a compact and water-resistant headlamp that comes with an adjustable spotlight and floodlight. Tilting it down makes the beam wider to cover more ground and tilting it up makes the beam narrower for long-distance focus. It has a detachable battery pack that can be worn on either the rear of the headlamp or stashed in a pack. The light and battery weigh a scant 245 grams. Light output is 1200 lumens and the rechargeable battery lasts up to 20 hours.  $246;

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Black Diamond Approach Shoe
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Black Diamond Circuit Approach Shoes Yosemite lies inside a 21,000-square-mile granite batholith, which means rocks are everywhere. Black Diamond’s Circuit approach shoes are made with breathable knit uppers so they stay cool on hot days, with sticky rubber soles for scrambling over slabs, technical hiking and light bouldering.  $99;

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Black Diamond rock climbing harness
Black Diamond

AirNET Climbing Harness This no-frills harness designed for competition climbing is what the world’s best climber, Adam Ondra, uses. It’s soft, supple, comfy to hang in at belays, and it folds into a small stuff sack so it takes up little room. Utilizing Black Diamond’s latest technologies, AirNET features low weight and high comfort, plus the new low-profile Infinity Belay Loop. The AirNET harness works equally well on everything from short sport climbs to the long cracks found on El Capitan.  $160;

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allez rock climbing chalk bag

Allez Outdoor Limited Edition Upcycled Chalk Bag Generously sized so it can hold enough chalk to cover thousands of feet in a day without needing a refill, the Upcycled Chalk Bag is durable, fashionable, and comes with a large zippered pocket for keys or energy gels. Additional items from Allez include alpaca and merino wool beanies, biodegradable cleansing cloths and repair and recovery salves, with or without CBD.  $30;

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PolarFleece Customizable Pullover Through, Polartec is offering fully customizable pullover fleeces in either mid-layer weight Andover or heavy-weight Shearling. These pullovers are a nod to its original release in 1981, now offered in a variety of styles and colors that are designed entirely by you, down to the snap color and pocket ribbon. Made from 100 percent recycled bottles and sewn in New England, these layers are equally at home on chilly High Sierra mornings as they are halfway up a rock dome in Tuolumne Meadows.  $140 Shearling, $120 Andover;

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Five Ten climbing shoe
Five Ten

Five Ten Grandstone Climbing Shoes Founder of Five Ten Charles Cole (1955-2018) climbed the hardest big walls on El Cap and Half Dome in Yosemite. Inspired by climbing in the park, in 1985, Cole started his iconic shoe company and formulated the stickiest rubber in the world. With the shoes of his design laced onto his feet, Cole climbed demanding face and crack routes from Joshua Tree to Yosemite.

The all-round Grandstone has a protective, high-top design to protect ankles from sharp cracks, a stiff sole for all-day support, and low-stretch fit. They ship with Stealth C4 rubber, the grippy compound that put Five Ten on the map.  on sale for $108;

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By: Chris Van Leuven
Title: The Best New Climbing Gear for 2020
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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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Title: Taylor Swift And Travis Kelce Both Won People’s Choice Awards, As Did Ice Spice, Beyoncé, And Other Music Stars
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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.”


By: John Dagys
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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