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The Black Diamond Experience

Welcome to the Black Diamond Experience, an organic presentation of inspirational stories, photos and videos from our athletes, employees and partners. The Black Diamond Experience is where we showcase climbing, skiing and hiking adventures from around the world, plus event news, advocacy efforts and product and technology highlights—all in one dynamic smorgasbord of stoke. Enjoy.

Carlo Traversi: A Video Guide to Fontainebleau’s Hard Classics—Part 2
In Part 2, BD Athlete Carlo Traversi finishes his virtual tour of his favorite problems in the magical forest of Fontainebleau.
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Welcome to the Team: Sean Bailey
Sean Bailey joins the BD Athlete team.
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Kamchatka: BD Employees Find Powder Turns in Remote Russia
BD Employees don’t just work all the time. We also get the opportunity to take our gear into the mountains that we love and explore. In this story, a few employees from BD’s European headquarters venture to Kamchatcka—a remote region of Russia that’s covered in volcanos. And luckily, those volcanoes are covered in untracked powder. That’s right, it’s time to start packing.
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Seb Bouin: The Motivation to MOVE 9b/b+
Frenchman Seb Bouin wasn’t necessarily looking for a challenge but found one that intrigued and motivated him far from home.
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Welcome to the BD Team: Claire Buhrfeind
Claire Buhrfeind joins the BD Athlete team.
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BD Athlete and Eleven Experience Guide Mike Barney Chases Pow in the French Alps
Some call it the center of the universe. Here's why.
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BD Athlete Mary McIntyre: Skiing & Climbing in the Argentine Andes
Watch BD Athlete Mary Mac explore the climbing and skiing readily accessible from the famed Refugio Frey.
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Welcome to the BD Team: Kai Lightner
Kai Lightner joins the BD Athlete team.
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The Making Of: The Black Diamond HotWire Carabiner
In 1995, Black Diamond launched the world's first wire-gate carabiner designed for climbing. This is the story of how two BD designers envisioned a piece of equipment that changed the game forever.
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Thomas Gaisbacher: Skiing the Matterhorn’s East Face
BD Athlete Thomas Gaisbacher recounts his recent descent down the steep and iconic Matterhorn.
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Wasatch Classics: Skiing The Whipple With Noah Howell
BD Athlete Noah Howell takes you down the icon Whipple ski descent in Big Cottonwood Canyon.
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Climbing Out Of Disaster: The Climbers of Puerto Rico Face Hurricane Maria
In this film, the climbers of Puerto Rico come together to rebuild their community after a devastating disaster.
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Wasatch Classics: Skiing the Y Couloir with Noah Howell
BD Athlete Noah Howell takes us on a tour of a classic ski descent in the Wasatch mountains.
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Will Gadd Unleashed
BD Athlete Will Gadd Reflects on 25 Years of Testing and Developing Black Diamond Gear.
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Rusty Willis And The Four Finger Fuel
After the loss of his pinkie, Rusty Willis was struggling to find the right ice tool ... until the crew at BD got involved.
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Exum Files—Part 3: Ski Transitions in Technical Terrain
Exum Guide Zahan Billimoria explains transitions and efficiency in technical ski terrain.
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Lines Upon the Water
BD Athlete Antte Lauhamaa explores the steep skiing of Norway’s Northern Islands.
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Gear Myths: To Oppose or Not To Oppose Your Quickdraw’s Biners
To oppose or not to oppose your biners on a quickdraw, that is the question!
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Connections
The early winter season is all about re-connecting with what it means to be a skier again, as this film reminds us.
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Into The Mind: Hayden Kennedy’s Bold Approach to Climbing
BD Athlete Hazel Findlay recounts Hayden Kennedy’s bold skills in the mountains, and shares this exclusive interview with HK, which she conducted before his untimely death.
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Mary Mac’s Winter Dreamin’ Playlist
Listen to BD Athlete Mary McIntyre’s favorite songs for shredding.
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Get Up To Get Down: 3 Backcountry Rituals To Practice This Winter
In this article, we explore three rituals, or good habits, to practice every winter so you can optimize your days in the backcountry.
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Hazel Findlay: Guests—Sharing and Sending El Cap’s Salathé Wall (VI 5.13b)
BD Athlete Hazel Findlay reflects on her recent El Cap adventure and her free-ascent of the iconic Salathé Wall (VI 5.13b).
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QC Lab: Personal Anchor Systems Explained
KP and the QC Lab crew take a deep dive into the world of Personal Anchor Systems and provide the beta … as always.
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Live.Ski.Repeat: Our Winter Ritual
There’s a certain ritual every winter. At Black Diamond, backcounty skiing is ours.
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Q&A: BD Athletes Babsi Zangerl and Jacopo Larcher Claim Second Ascent of El Cap’s Magic Mushroom
Babsi and Jacopo give the low-down on their recent free-ascent of El Cap’s fierce Magic Mushroom (VI 5.14a).
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Exum Files—Part 2: Helpful Ski Techniques With Guide and World Champion Jessica Baker
Lead Exum guide and former freeskiing champion Jessica Baker shares basic techniques to improve your skiing.
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Carlo Traversi: A Video Guide to Fontainebleau’s Hard Classics—Part 1
BD Athlete Carlo Traversi takes us on a virtual tour of his favorite problems in the magical forest of Fontainebleau.
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We Stand With Bears Ears
We will continue to fight for our public lands. Here's how we can help.
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Joe Grant’s Short Shorts: The Animals and WE
In the latest Short Shorts, BD Athlete Joe Grant goes on a self-powered “micro” adventure on the Whole Enchilada trail in Utah and finds some furry friends along the way.
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Copp-Dash Inspired: Tino Villanueva & Alan Rousseau’s Himalayan First Ascent
After receiving the Copp-Dash Inspire Award, two American IFMGA guides vision-quested their way to the summit of an unclimbed Himalayan peak. This is their story.
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Ready When You Are
Working for BD isn’t just a job. It’s a lifestyle. Check out this film captured entirely by BD employees and athletes.
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Luka Krajnc: Memories of The Memory—Climbing Croatia’s New 5.14 Multi-Pitch
BD Ambassador and Slovenian badass Luka Krajnc remembers the first free ascent of Croatia’s nails-hard multi-pitch.
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The Exum Files—Part 1: The Extended Column Test
In the first installment of the Exum Files, Senior Exum Guide Bill Anderson discusses how extended column test results affect in-the-field choices.
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Rolo Hemetzberger: Sending WOGÜ—Europe’s Hardest Multi-Pitch
With a little motivation from Grandma, BD Athlete and employee Rolo Hemetzberger was able to send Europe’s hardest multi-pitch. This is his story.
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