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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.

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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Wasatch Classics: Noah Howell on The South Ridge of Superior
BD Athlete Noah Howell gives the low-down on his favorite mountain ridge scramble—the iconic South Ridge of Superior.
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Rhythm
BD Athlete Joe Grant searches for rhythm while running in the heart of the Alps.
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Nalle Hukkataival: Squamish Sending Spree
BD Athlete Nalle Hukkataival recently touched down in Squamish, B.C. to sample the goods. As usual, he left a slew of cutting-edge ascents in his wake. Check out this video documenting two of his hardest sends, including the coveted second ascent of the Singularity (V14/15).
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Joe Grant's Trailhead Tunes
BD Athlete Joe Grant shares the songs he listens to while driving to the trailhead.
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Gear Myths: Gates In, Or Gates Out?
In the first installment of Gear Myths, we examine the age-old question: Should you rack gates in, or gates out?
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Chris Schulte: FA’s Off the Beaten Path In Switzerland
Watch BD Ambassador Chris Schulte establish beautiful lines in the less traveled reaches of Switzerland.
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Hang Right—Part 3: Healing Nagging Finger Injuries
The hangboard is often thought of as an apparatus that can strain the tendons in your fingers. But in this installment of the Hang Right series, Physical Therapist Esther Smith explains how the hangboard is actually the perfect rehabilitation tool to heal nagging finger injuries.
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Colette McInerney’s Training Playlist
BD Athlete Colette McInerney shares the tracks that get her amped for training.
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Daila Ojeda: Into the Alpine to Send Digital Crack
After pushing her boundaries last spring and climbing her first multi-pitch, BD Athlete Daila Ojeda decided that she wanted to experience the mountains of Chamonix. Check out this film of Daila climbing the classic Digital Crack—a beautiful 8a at 12,500 feet in the Alps.
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Nalle Hukkataival: The Finnish Line (V16)—Rocklands’ Hardest Boulder
This summer, BD Athlete Nalle Hukkataival journeyed to South Africa’s famed Rocklands in search of first ascents. What he found was a problem every boulderer dreams of …
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Watch Carlo Traversi Take On The Triple 14 Challenge
In the late summer of 2016, BD Athlete Carlo Traversi set out to climb a V14, 5.14, and 14er … all in a day. Luckily, the experience was documented in this exclusive BD film.
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Joe Grant's Short Shorts: The True Hard Roch
In the first of his quarterly column, BD Athlete Joe Grant reflects on a true unsung hero of the Hardrock 100—Black Diamond’s very own Roch Horton.
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QC Lab: Old vs. New Gear Testing
KP and the QC Lab crew answer four consumer questions about the strength of old, new, and old-new (yeah that’s a thing) gear.
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Mason Earle: Battling the Cobra—King of The Cracks
BD Ambassador Mason Earle had come as close as you can get to sending the famed Cobra Crack, but sealing the deal had eluded him. This summer, however, the crack-master returned with a vengeance.
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Babsi and Jacopo’s Epic Send of Zodiac (5.13d) on El Cap
Check out this film documenting Babsi Zangerl and Jacopo Larcher’s historic third free ascent of El Cap’s formidable Zodiac (5.13d).
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Tim Kemple: A Towering Obsession
BD Ambassador Tim Kemple takes us on a photographic journey to his top 5 summits around the globe.
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Team BD Sends It in Wales
BD athletes Babsi Zangerl, Jacopo Larcher and Roland Hemetzberger recently journeyed to the mythical sea cliffs of Wales to test their mettle (and metal) on the area’s stout trad lines.
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