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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.

#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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Black Diamond Presents: Hazel Findlay Rocks Down to Electric Avenue (5.13+R)
Black Diamond Presents: Hazel Findlay Rocks Down to Electric Avenue (5.13+R)
Hazel Findlay Rocks Down to Electric Avenue (5.13+R)
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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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BD Athlete Adam Ondra: Cooking
BD Athlete Adam Ondra: Cooking
We all know Ondra can climb, but did you know he’s also a passionate cook? Check out this film capturing Ondra explaining his philosophy on cooking and eating for hard sending.
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BD Athlete Adam Ondra: Fame
BD Athlete Adam Ondra: Fame
Adam Ondra is arguably the best climber in the world, and because of that, when he shows up to the crag, everyone stops to watch. Ondra discusses how fame feels in this short film.
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BD Athlete Adam Ondra: The Balkans Road Trip
BD Athlete Adam Ondra: The Balkans Road Trip
Watch this beautiful film documenting Adam Ondra’s soul-climbing journey through the Balkans of southeastern Europe.
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Tobin Seagel: Skiing the Coast Mountain Range
Tobin Seagel: Skiing the Coast Mountain Range
Check out this new film capturing the journey of BD Athlete Tobin Seagel skiing a massive line in the Coast Mountain Range.
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BD Athlete Noah Howell: Skiing the Ramen Couloir on Mount Hunter
BD Athlete Noah Howell: Skiing the Ramen Couloir on Mount Hunter
In 2018, BD Athlete Noah Howell claimed the historic fourth ski descent of the intimidating Mount Hunter in Alaska. This is his story.
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BD Athlete Mike Barney—The Consummate Ski Guide
BD Athlete Mike Barney—The Consummate Ski Guide
As a ski guide, BD Athlete Mike Barney is living the endless winter. This is his story.
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BD Athlete Carlo Traversi On the Second Ascent of Meltdown (5.14c)
BD Athlete Carlo Traversi On the Second Ascent of Meltdown (5.14c)
In early November 2018, Carlo Traversi claimed the coveted second ascent of Yosemite’s Meltdown—one of the hardest traditional lines in the world. Check out this beautiful film documenting the ascent.
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BD Athlete Adam Ondra: The American Road Trip—Battling the Offwidth of Belly Full of Bad Berries (5.13b)
BD Athlete Adam Ondra: The American Road Trip—Battling the Offwidth of Belly Full of Bad Berries (5.13b)
Check out BD Athlete Adam Ondra having one of the biggest fights of his life sending the 45-degree overhanging offwidth Belly Full of Bad Berries (5.13b) in Indian Creek.
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BD Athlete Adam Ondra: The American Road Trip—Supercrack of the Desert
BD Athlete Adam Ondra: The American Road Trip—Supercrack of the Desert
Adam Ondra heads to the Utah desert to climb the world-famous splitter cracks of Indian Creek.
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BD Athlete Adam Ondra: The American Road Trip—A Visit to the Black Diamond Headquarters
BD Athlete Adam Ondra: The American Road Trip—A Visit to the Black Diamond Headquarters
Adam Ondra recently toured the Black Diamond factory floor to learn first-hand how his trusted BD gear is made.
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BD Athlete Adam Ondra: The Just Do It (5.14c) Onsight
BD Athlete Adam Ondra: The Just Do It (5.14c) Onsight
Watch Adam Ondra on his historic onsight of Just Do It (5.14c) in Smith Rock, Oregon.
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13 Feet Deep: Lessons Learned from A Remarkable Companion Avalanche Rescue
13 Feet Deep: Lessons Learned from A Remarkable Companion Avalanche Rescue
Tim Banfield Shares the lessons he learned after a companion avalanche rescue of a partner buried 13 Feet Deep.
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BD Athlete Thomas Gaisbacher: Skiing In the Shade of the 8000m Peaks
BD Athlete Thomas Gaisbacher: Skiing In the Shade of the 8000m Peaks
BD Athlete Thomas Gaisbacher shares his tale of an attempt to climb and ski the formidable Shimshal Whitehorn mountain in Pakistan.
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BD Athlete Will Gadd Takes On Helmcken Falls with Natural Gear
BD Athlete Will Gadd Takes On Helmcken Falls with Natural Gear
BD Athlete Will Gadd heads into the unknown, by taking new prototype gear on a wild ride up the steep spray ice of Helmcken Falls.
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BD Athlete Antte Lauhamaa: The Arctic Journey
BD Athlete Antte Lauhamaa: The Arctic Journey
BD Athlete Antte Lauhamaa loves two things: adventure and skiing. That’s why he chose to go on an epic dog-sledding, couloir hunting expedition in the remote mountains of northern Sweden. Check out this video documenting Lauhamaa’s journey into the Arctic.
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Joe Grant’s Short Shorts: The Mount Hiei International Trail Run—Legacy of Japan’s Marathon Monks
Joe Grant’s Short Shorts: The Mount Hiei International Trail Run—Legacy of Japan’s Marathon Monks
In the summer of 2018, BD Athlete Joe Grant traveled to Japan and raced in the Mt. Hiei International Trail Run, paying homage to Japan’s marathon monks.
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Babsi Zangerl and Jacopo Larcher Send El Cap’s Magic Mushroom (VI 5.14a)
Babsi Zangerl and Jacopo Larcher Send El Cap’s Magic Mushroom (VI 5.14a)
On December 10, BD Athlete Babsi Zangerl and Ambassador Jacopo Larcher claimed the coveted second ascent of Magic Mushroom (VI 5.14a)—El Cap’s second hardest route. Check out this film capturing their ascent.
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Babsi Zangerl: Sending Speed Intégrale—Her First 9a
Babsi Zangerl: Sending Speed Intégrale—Her First 9a
Check out this video of BD Athlete Babsi Zangerl sending Speed Integrale—her first 9a—in Voralpsee, Switzerland.
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Joe Grant: The Nolan’s 14 Interview
Joe Grant: The Nolan’s 14 Interview
BD Athlete Joe Grant shares his thoughts on his record-breaking, unsupported run of Nolan’s 14.
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