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Trip Reports

Weeklong road trips, months-long expeditions, weekend missions—whatever the length and wherever the destination, we here at Black Diamond love traveling. We love those cramped flights, sketchy buses, rickety trains, piece-of-shit rental cars and stubborn beasts of burden that help us carry our gear, because it means we're headed for an adventure. From Alaska to Algeria to Australia to Armenia, the world is full of endless opportunities for climbing, skiing, and exploration, and here in the Trip Reports section you’ll find stories of adventure from every corner of the globe.

Victor De Le Rue: Sending in the Pyrenees
Victor De Le Rue: Sending in the Pyrenees
Watch BD Athlete Victor De Le Rue head into the Pyrenees mountains to combine a first descent on the splitboard with a multi-pitch ascent on the area’s famed granite.
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BD Ambassador Chris Schulte: Gritstone
BD Ambassador Chris Schulte: Gritstone
BD Ambassador Chris Schulte explores the famed gritstone of England.
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Joe Grant: This is Thailand
Joe Grant: This is Thailand
In this beautiful film and story, BD Athlete Joe Grant shares what he experienced during his travels in Thailand with the burgeoning local trail running community.
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Nalle Hukkataival—Tuzgle, Argentina
Nalle Hukkataival—Tuzgle, Argentina
BD Athlete Nalle Hukkataival explores the plethora of untapped boulders in Tuzgle, Argentina.
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Q&A: BD Athlete Kyle Richardson Sets the Tempo and New FKT of Longs Peak
Q&A: BD Athlete Kyle Richardson Sets the Tempo and New FKT of Longs Peak
Kyle Richardson chats about setting the new Longs Peak FKT, the importance of going hard, and the ability to find rhythm in everything you do.
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The Artist
The Artist
Boone Speed, for many of us, is a living legend. This is the story of climbing’s consummate artist.
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BD Ambassador Luka Krajnc Establishes New Alpine Route in Patagonia
BD Ambassador Luka Krajnc Establishes New Alpine Route in Patagonia
The Slovenian badasses Luka Krajnc and Luka Lindič recently climbed the steepest alpine wall of their lives. This is their story.
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BD Athlete Carlo Traversi: Dreamtime (V15)
BD Athlete Carlo Traversi: Dreamtime (V15)
Carlo Traversi had dreamed of climbing this iconic boulder for 8 years. There was only one way to find out how it would feel …
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The Balkan Dream with Seb Bouin
The Balkan Dream with Seb Bouin
In this video, BD Athlete Seb Bouin takes a trip to Albania to bolt, climb, and try Adam Ondra’s 9b king line, The Dream.
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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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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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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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#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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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 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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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 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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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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BD Athlete Seb Bouin: First Ascents in Turkey—Episode 2 Lily’s Eye
BD Athlete Seb Bouin: First Ascents in Turkey—Episode 2 Lily’s Eye
The adventure continues with BD Athlete Seb Bouin and his mom as Seb climbs Lily’s Eye—their new 8c+ (5.14c) creation in Turkey.
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BD Athlete Seb Bouin: First Ascents in Turkey—Episode 1 Lily’s Eye
BD Athlete Seb Bouin: First Ascents in Turkey—Episode 1 Lily’s Eye
When BD Athlete Seb Bouin goes on an epic climbing trip to Turkey he takes his ... mom? Well, as they say, like mother, like son. They both crush.
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Hazel Findlay Rocks Down to Electric Avenue (5.13+R)
Hazel Findlay Rocks Down to Electric Avenue (5.13+R)
Hazel Findlay Rocks Down to Electric Avenue (5.13+R)
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Nolan's 14
Nolan's 14
BD Athlete Joe Grant was looking for an experience. He wanted it to be hard, and he wanted to push himself to “that edge” where he’d have to make difficult decisions. That’s why he chose Nolan’s 14—a rowdy jaunt through Colorado’s Sawatch range, which links 14 14,000-foot mountains over 100 miles.
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#BDEmployees: Sasha Yakunin's Ascent of Fitz Roy
#BDEmployees: Sasha Yakunin's Ascent of Fitz Roy
BD Employee Sasha Yakunin shares his story of climbing one of the greatest mountains on earth.
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Cracked Out—Chris Burkard’s Journey to Climb the Yosemite Offwidth Circuit
Cracked Out—Chris Burkard’s Journey to Climb the Yosemite Offwidth Circuit
Chris Burkard’s Journey to Climb the Yosemite Hardman Offwidth Circuit
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The Lifer
The Lifer
A Soulful Journey into the Heart of American Climbing with Legend Russ Clune and BD Athlete Sam Elias.
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