The BD 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.

Ice Screw

THE RISKS OF REBORING OLD ICE SCREW HOLES

It’s tempting. You’re mid-pitch, wanting to save time and energy, and eyeing that nicely bored-out hole located conveniently at your hip. But the fateful question is: Should you ever rebore an old ice screw hole? BD’s Climbing Category Director Kolin “KP” Powick discusses some things to consider in this winter-edition QC Lab. So, boot up, and geek out as KP takes you through the ins and outs and … back ins of reboring ice screw holes.

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Climbers atop mountains

BD EMPLOYEE SASHA YAKUNIN'S ASCENT OF FITZ ROY

Since reading Yvon Chouinard’s epic “Climbing Fitz Roy,” BD Employee Sasha Yakunin had dreamt of one day climbing that mountain.

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Kyle Richardson getting ready

TEMPO

Black Diamond Athlete Kyle Richardson moves to the beat of his own rhythm. From coveted FKT’s to soul runs that morph into ropeless climbs, Kyle’s free flowing tempo is mirrored only by his drumming, as he’s a musician at heart. Check out this film by Thomas Woodson capturing the pulse of Kyle’s movement in mountains.

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Photograph by Andy Earl of Big Wall Paul with rock climbing gear.

GEAR MYTHS: GEAR SLINGS VS GEAR LOOPS

Is there a reason why gear slings have seemingly gone the way of the tri-cam?

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Climber climbing, ocean in background

THE ARTIST

“Whoever had contact with Boone will have felt a force of a person,” says BD Athlete Sam Elias. To take it a step further, if you’re a climber, you’ve likely felt the force of Boone without having ever met him.

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