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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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
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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Alex Honnold's Freerider Hangboard Workout
BD Athlete Alex Honnold dives into his training routine and why hangboarding was crucial for soloing El Cap.
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The Brazil Project
Last December, four BD Athletes traveled to Brazil, where they combined forces with Centro Urbana Escalada to help local kids in need by taking them climbing.
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Watch Joe Kinder Send Bone Tomahawk
Check out this film documenting the first ascent of BD Athlete Joe Kinder’s hardest route—Bone Tomahawk.
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Mental Training: Skills For A Stronger Mind
BD Athlete Hazel Findlay shares her top 11 tips for building a stronger mindset at the crag.
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Adam Ondra and Patxi Usobiaga Attempt The Project
A very fun, inspiring and hectic weekend with two of climbing's true legends, Adam Ondra and Patxi Usobiaga, is over. That's four workshops, two slideshows, one morning show and five live streamed attempts on The Project squeezed into 35 hours.
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QC Lab Playlist
Pushing gear to the ultimate breaking point requires a rocking soundtrack.
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Watch Nalle Hukkataival Send Burden of Dreams (V17)
BD Athlete Nalle Hukkataival established Burden of Dreams (V17) after seven seasons of attempts. Luckily, the process was documented in this great new feature film, The Lappnor Project.
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Andrew McLean: Skiing Through Kashmir
BD Ambassador Andrew McLean finds a Shangri-La of powder in South Asia.
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Joe Kinder's BD Stoke Playlist
BD Athlete Joe Kinder shares the jams that get him to go a muerte on the rock.
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BD Athletes Tear It Up In Spain
The BD crew has been ripping it up in Spain recently, and fellow teammate Joe Kinder dropped in to document the action.
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Colette McInerney: Finding Like-Minded Souls at the Women’s
BD Athlete Colette McInerney shares her photos and experience from the second annual Women’s Climbing Festival.
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Alex Honnold’s Moonlight Buttress Playlist
In 2008, BD Athlete Alex Honnold free soloed the iconic, 9-pitch Moonlight Buttress (V 5.12+) in Zion National Park. Honnold danced up the crack climb in 83 minutes while rocking his top tunes on his ipod. We’ve recreated Honnold’s Moonlight playlist here. So boot up and press play!
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The Turns I Earned: Noah Howell and the Line He’ll Never For
BD Athlete Noah Howell remembers the backcountry ski run that stands out among the rest.
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Daila Ojeda: Her First Multi-Pitch Experience
Daila Ojeda has travelled the world for sport climbing Yet, until recently, she had never been more than two pitches off the ground … until she journeyed to Montserrat, Spain.
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Will Gadd: Adventures at the Michigan Ice Fest
When BD Athlete Will Gadd says there’s more high quality, natural ice in Michigan’s wild Upper Peninsula than any other state he’s ever visited … it’s time to take notice.
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Seb Bouin: The Silent Crusher
BD Ambassador Seb Bouin climbs 5.15 on the regular, even when he’s injured … so why haven’t you heard of him?
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The Making Of: The Black Diamond Whippet
Since the mid 1990’s the Whippet has been an iconic tool for ski mountaineers. In the first of this series, we explore the genesis of the Whippet and talk with Ambassador Andrew McLean, the man behind the enduring design.
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