Our top climbing gear picks for 2019 Author: Climbing Staff Publish date: Mar 20, 2019 As gear gets lighter, more durable, and more refined—with updated versions of time-tested favorites like the Grigri, Inferno quickdraw, Camalot, Instinct slipper, and more hitting the market—we found ourselves in a testing maelstrom. The editorial staff at Climbing, plus our valued team of testers, hit the vertical hard, from the limestone cliffs of Cayman Brac, to the hidden backcountry ice of the High Sierra, to the sandstone boulders of remote New Mexico, to the walls of Yosemite, to the splitter cracks of the South Platte, to the frozen gullies of New England. We punished our fingers, feet, and the gear, comparing notes as we went. We’ve compiled it all in our 2019 Gear Guide issue—73 total items—with field-tested feedback based on each piece’s intended usage, unique technical specs, and its performance in the vertical. As usual, the standouts, … [Read more...] about 2019 Climbing Gear Guide: Editors’ Choice Awards
Our top climbing gear picks of 2019 Author: Kevin Corrigan Publish date: Mar 20, 2019 The latest iteration of the Nomic improves on a tried-and-true design. The new Nomics come in at the same weight (about 21oz), but by shedding a few grams from the handle, Petzl was able to add their Mini Marteau hammer to the head, plus a stainless-steel spike to the bottom. Other improvements include a wider handle for a more comfortable grip, a glass-filled nylon overmolded upper grip (no more need for tape), pick weights shaped to better slot in cracks, and an insert in the head that prevents wobble in colder temps. The new Nomic excelled on vertical ice, where the included Pur’Ice pick both penetrated deeply and removed easily thanks to the 3mm tapered steel point. The Nomic is ideal for those looking for one tool that can do it all, performing on every angle of ice and capable on rock, though if your focus is hard mixed, the Ergonomic (see our review in our April/May Gear … [Read more...] about Editors’ Choice 2019: Petzl Nomic Review
THERE WAS A STRAIN OF WISTFULNESS woven through the obituaries for Mario Cuomo after he died on the first day of 2015. The tributes for the New York governor and stirring orator who was the dream presidential candidate for many Democrats in 1988 and 1992 were weighed down by a sense of what could have been, if only he had run. In the waning days of 1991, the indecisive governor nicknamed “Hamlet on the Hudson” went so far as to keep a plane idling at the Albany airport, ready to deposit him in New Hampshire before the filing deadline for the first-in-the-nation primary. Cuomo probably did himself a favor by staying out of the presidential hunt. Democratic voters are notorious for their buyer’s remorse, practically begging charismatic politicians to jump into the race, only to sour on them quickly and go back to longing for some idealized replacement on the sidelines. Well before there was Tinder, Democrats have seemed unable to stop swiping left. Related Links … [Read more...] about The Democrats’ choice problem: Which candidate can beat Trump in 2020?
Updated 7:05 pm CST, Thursday, February 21, 2019 This February 21, 2019, booking photo released by the Chicago Police Department shows actor Jussie Smollett. - Smollett is to appear in court on February 21 after being arrested and charged with lying to authorities about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in Chicago. Smollett, a gay and black actor who stars in the Fox network drama "Empire," is facing felony criminal charges of disorderly conduct and filing a false police report. less This February 21, 2019, booking photo released by the Chicago Police Department shows actor Jussie Smollett. - Smollett is to appear in court on February 21 after being arrested and charged with lying to ... more Photo: Chicago Police Photo: Chicago Police Image 1 of / 143 Caption Close … [Read more...] about The Latest: AP source: Smollett earns $100K-plus per episode
Rafa Benitez is hoping hewill have at least two new players before the transfer window closes at 11pm on Thursday night. The Newcastle boss has targeted a left-back, wide man and playmaker as he looks to guide his side away from the Premier League relegation zone.Benitez thought he had secured one of those, Left-sider Jordan Lukaku, last week, only for the Lazio man to fail a medical, and the Daily Mail has reported that Newcastle are switching their attentions back to Monaco defender Antonio Barreca.The 23-year-old has been one of the left-backs that United have monitored throughout the transfer window and reports suggest they remain confident of signing the player on loan before the window closes,READ MORE: Rafa Benitez on Newcastle United's transfer business: 'I don't do the deals'The Mail also claim that the move for Barreca is part of a double swoop by the Magpies, with Benfica midfielder Andreas Samaris also a target. The 29-year-old Greece international has fallen down the … [Read more...] about Newcastle United transfers: Double swoop on cards plus Miguel Almiron and Yannick Bolasie updates