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It's with much pride and stoke that we released today our Rock Climbing 2012 digital catalog . Loaded with stunning images, captivating videos, and narrated slideshows, Rock Climbing 2012 is all about travel—the places, the people, the culture, the transportation, the gear, the lifestyle, and, of course, the climbing. Get ready for a global roadtrip because Rock Climbing 2012 is going to carry you from Kyrgyzstan to Spain to Malta to Venezuela with a host of Black Diamond climbing athletes, including Adam Ondra, Alex Honnold, Nico Favresse, Sonnie Trotter, Barbara Zangerl, Nalle Hukkataival and Tommy Caldwell (to name but a few).
Like our Alpinism 2012 digital catalog, Rock Climbing 2012 is an online-only catalog, stacked with great stories, videos, photos, as well as a...
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Black Diamond athlete Mason Earle has logged countless miles hiking the clifflines of southern Utah looking for undone cracks. The fruits of his labor are a slew of prime first ascents, typically splitter, thin and stout. At Lower Mill Creek outside of Moab, his most recent new route, Real Talk , is one of his best—and one of his boldest.... [READ MORE]
Fontainebleau, Easter 2013. Forget about searching for Easter eggs in the Fontainebleau forest: the Black Diamond team, Black Diamond athletes and numerous boulderers came together over the four days of the Easter holiday to rid the boulder areas of rubbish and to raise people's awareness about adopting a respectful attitude toward nature and... [READ MORE]
BD athletes Nico Favresse, Olivier Favresse and Daniel Jung are always on the hunt for first ascents, and their most recent search led them to Norway where they found a stunning, overhanging wall laced with cracks. The trio's FA pursuit involved skin-shredding jams, mega whippers, and daily shenanigans, including scooter jumping and swapping... [READ MORE]
BD athlete Chris Schulte continues his European bouldering tour with a stop at the immaculate granite boulders of Brione, Switzerland. Here is the video he made from his visit where he climbed a couple of stellar 8Bs, as well as a host of other classic problems. High up past the terraced vineyards of Scalata and the great blue lake in... [READ MORE]
Video #2: BD athlete Alex Honnold making the first ascent of A Gift From Wyoming (5.13) on Yosemite's Leaning Tower
BD Athlete Alex Honnold wants to be left alone. No, not really, but he did take the unusual approach of climbing alone on fixed lines as he worked to free a route on Yosemite's Leaning Tower, a 1500-foot prow of overhanging granite, that Todd Skinner had originally tried more than a decade ago. This past fall Alex managed to free the lower... [READ MORE]