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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.

If This Gear Could Talk: The Cams and Hand-Sewn Slings of Paul Piana
If This Gear Could Talk: The Cams and Hand-Sewn Slings of Paul Piana
In this story, we dig into the memories of Paul’s historic gear, and then test his homemade slings after roughly 40 years of catching falls.
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BD Employee Brent Barghahn Attempts Ring That Bell (5.13R) in Bells Canyon
BD Employee Brent Barghahn Attempts Ring That Bell (5.13R) in Bells Canyon
BD Employee Brent Barghahn explores an unrepeated Wasatch testpiece in Bells Canyon.
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BD Athlete Allison Vest Sends The Terminator (V13)
BD Athlete Allison Vest Sends The Terminator (V13)
On August 31, Allison Vest became the first Canadian woman to climb V13 with her repeat of Squamish’s classic testpiece, The Terminator.
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#bdemployees: Remco Graas exploring new old routes at home
#bdemployees: Remco Graas exploring new old routes at home
On his list a Classic at the Grossglockner north face – the Mayerlrampe. Read about his trip and climb in the up to 70° steep mixed wall.
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Black Lives Matter. BD Stands in Solidarity.
Black Lives Matter. BD Stands in Solidarity.
We are listening. We are learning. We are working toward change.
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Hazel Findlay in South Korea
Hazel Findlay in South Korea
BD Athletes Hazel Findlay and Colette McInerney explore Black Diamond’s Korean roots, and experience the now thriving climbing culture that has become part of our global heritage.
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Q&A: From Quarantine to Crushing—Babsi Zangerl Sends Her Hardest Sport Routes Post Lockdown
Q&A: From Quarantine to Crushing—Babsi Zangerl Sends Her Hardest Sport Routes Post Lockdown
With fresh motivation and a renewed appreciation for climbing, BD Athlete Babsi Zangerl came out of quarantine to send some of the hardest routes in Austria.
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Live. Run. Repeat. BD Athletes Hillary Gerardi and Kyle Richardson Explore Norway
Live. Run. Repeat. BD Athletes Hillary Gerardi and Kyle Richardson Explore Norway
Follow mountain runners Hillary Gerardi and Kyle Richardson through the craggy peaks of Norway.
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We'll See You Out There
We'll See You Out There
A message from Black Diamond to the community we love—May 2020
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What It Takes to Climb V15—BD Ambassador Kaddi Lehmann Shares Her Experience
What It Takes to Climb V15—BD Ambassador Kaddi Lehmann Shares Her Experience
For BD Ambassador Kaddi Lehmann, climbing a V15 boulder required three keys to success. This is her story.
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Exploring the “Freeride Mecca” of Engelberg, Switzerland, with BD Mountain Guide Remo Baltermia
Exploring the “Freeride Mecca” of Engelberg, Switzerland, with BD Mountain Guide Remo Baltermia
Follow along on an adventurous tour through the mountains of Engelberg in this ski film.
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2020: The #21 Camalot C4
2020: The #21 Camalot C4
“I wanted to find a way to make chimneys and wide cracks a little more mellow,” says BD Athlete Alex Honnold. “Luckily I knew just the folks to talk to.”
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QC Lab: Taming the Monster—The Beauty and Limitations of Big Cams
QC Lab: Taming the Monster—The Beauty and Limitations of Big Cams
The QC Lab crew goes deep to explore the strengths and weaknesses of our new #7 and #8 monster Camalots.
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#BDEmployees: Design Engineer Brent Barghahn and Ambassador Nik Berry On Establishing “The American Way” (VI 5.13a) in Kyrgyzstan
#BDEmployees: Design Engineer Brent Barghahn and Ambassador Nik Berry On Establishing “The American Way” (VI 5.13a) in Kyrgyzstan
Last summer, BD Employee Brent Barghahn teamed up with an all-star crew for an adventurous first ascent on a remote wall in Kyrgyzstan. Check out these perspectives from Brent and BD Ambassador Nik Berry.
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The San Juan Series With BD Ambassador Mike Barney: Episode 3 — Perspective
The San Juan Series With BD Ambassador Mike Barney: Episode 3 — Perspective
Follow BD Ambassador Mike Barney into the San Juan Mountains and gain a little perspective on his decision making in the backcountry.
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BD Athlete Antte Lauhamaa Shares His Top 10 Lessons Learned from a Life of Avalanche Study
BD Athlete Antte Lauhamaa Shares His Top 10 Lessons Learned from a Life of Avalanche Study
BD Athlete and Finnish avalanche forecaster Antte Lauhamaa runs down his list of 10 commandments he tries to remember every time he heads into the backcountry.
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Wasatch Classics: The Grr Couloir with BD Athlete Noah Howell
Wasatch Classics: The Grr Couloir with BD Athlete Noah Howell
Get the skinny on skiing the Grr Couloir from Wasatch powder veteran Noah Howell.
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Deep Days: BD Athlete Tobin Seagel in Japan
Deep Days: BD Athlete Tobin Seagel in Japan
Watch BD Athlete get pitted during a powder day in Japan
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Exclusive Interview: BD Athlete Parkin Costain—The King of Corbet’s Couloir
Exclusive Interview: BD Athlete Parkin Costain—The King of Corbet’s Couloir
The undisputed 2020 king of Corbet’s Couloir—BD Athlete Parkin Costain—talks about his mind-bending run that clinched the title.
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The BD Beta with Esther Smith: Episode 8—The Ultimate Foam Rolling Sequence for Ski-Day Recovery
The BD Beta with Esther Smith: Episode 8—The Ultimate Foam Rolling Sequence for Ski-Day Recovery
Watch BD Athlete Mary McIntyre and DPT Esther Smith demonstrate a highly effective sequence of foam rolling for recovery after big ski days.
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The Floating Mountain
The Floating Mountain
Watch BD Athletes Parkin Costain and Mary McIntyre explore Japan’s mythical Rishiri Mountain.
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Iceland with the Jackson Brothers
Iceland with the Jackson Brothers
Follow Eric and John Jackson as they surf the powder, waves and rivers of Iceland.
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The San Juan Series With BD Ambassador Mike Barney: Episode 2 — Humility
The San Juan Series With BD Ambassador Mike Barney: Episode 2 — Humility
Watch BD Ambassador and guide Mike Barney as he teams up with snow safety expert Doug Krause to discuss the virtues of humility in the backcountry.
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The BD Beta with DPT Esther Smith: Episode 7 — Gym Exercises to Improve Ski Touring Mechanics
The BD Beta with DPT Esther Smith: Episode 7 — Gym Exercises to Improve Ski Touring Mechanics
Get the beta to stay healthy after big ski tours in the mountains from DPT Esther Smith and BD Athlete Mary McIntyre.
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Deep Days: BD Athlete Noah Howell in the Wasatch
Deep Days: BD Athlete Noah Howell in the Wasatch
Watch Noah Howell get deep in the Wasatch backcountry.
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Snow Safety with BD Ambassador Mike Barney: Episode 1 — Patience
Snow Safety with BD Ambassador Mike Barney: Episode 1 — Patience
In this video, BD Ambassador Mike Barney discusses the virtues of patience when heading into the backcountry.
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Exclusive Interview: BD Athletes Babsi Zangerl and Jacopo Larcher Free the Nose (VI 5.14a)
Exclusive Interview: BD Athletes Babsi Zangerl and Jacopo Larcher Free the Nose (VI 5.14a)
Check out this candid Q&A with Babsi and Jacopo as they describe their recent ascent of the world’s most famous climb.
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Jackson Marvell: Gimme Back My Bullets
Jackson Marvell: Gimme Back My Bullets
Watch BD Ambassador Jackson Marvell get rowdy in the mountains as he climbs some of the boldest ice and mixed routes in Utah.
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The BD Beta with DPT Esther Smith: Episode 6 — Skinning Mechanics
The BD Beta with DPT Esther Smith: Episode 6 — Skinning Mechanics
DPT Esther Smith and BD Athlete Mary McIntyre discuss the mechanics to efficient skinning while skiing and splitboarding in the backcountry.
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The Ski Train—Tobin Seagel and Giulia Monego Explore the Backcountry of Vatnahalsen, Norway
The Ski Train—Tobin Seagel and Giulia Monego Explore the Backcountry of Vatnahalsen, Norway
Watch as BD Athletes Tobin Seagel and Giulia Monego discover how an electric train in Norway is the key to unlimited backcountry ski terrain.
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Sean Bailey Goes “A Muerte” in Spain on Joe Mama 9a+ (5.15a)
Sean Bailey Goes “A Muerte” in Spain on Joe Mama 9a+ (5.15a)
Watch BD Athlete Sean Bailey go hard in Spain while trying Joe Mama (5.15a).
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BD Ambassador Chris Schulte Putting Up FA’s In Font
BD Ambassador Chris Schulte Putting Up FA’s In Font
From the well-traveled classics to brand new first ascents, watch BD Ambassador Chris Schulte take a tour through the mecca of all bouldering areas.
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Concepción with Hazel Findlay
Concepción with Hazel Findlay
Watch BD Athlete Hazel Findlay battle with the immaculate 230 - foot splitter, Concepción (5.13).
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The BD Beta with DPT Esther Smith: Episode 5—Loving the Downhill with Balance and Proprioception
The BD Beta with DPT Esther Smith: Episode 5—Loving the Downhill with Balance and Proprioception
BD Athlete Joe Grant and DPT Esther Smith share a series of ankle mobility exercises that enhance communication from terrain to brain.
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Live. Climb. Repeat. with Nalle Hukkataival
Live. Climb. Repeat. with Nalle Hukkataival
BD Athlete Nalle Hukkataival envisions one of America’s hardest undone boulder problems, but will the sequence go?
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