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We’re psyched to have the best team of sponsored climbers and skiers out there, a crew that’s constantly pushing the limits and redefining what’s possible. They are a crucial and diverse part of the Black Diamond family, providing not only design feedback and field testing but also inspiring us to keep charging and never produce anything but the best gear possible.

Nalle Hukkataival: The Finnish Line (V16)—Rocklands’ Hardest Boulder
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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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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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 Climbing Fest
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 Forget
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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Get Up to Get Down: 6 Skinning Tips From Pros That Know
BD Athletes Tobin Seagel, Kim Havell and Jordan White share their hard-earned tips for skinning efficiently in the backcountry.
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Daniel Jung: Visiting Chulilla—Spain’s New Climbing Hotspot
BD Global Athlete Daniel Jung takes a trip to Chulilla, Spain, to sample what many people believe to be the best limestone in the world.
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Tobin Seagel: A Return to Climbing
BD Athlete and big mountain skier Tobin Seagel rekindles his love for climbing after a 10-year hiatus and realizes the two sports have something in common that he still loves.
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Hazel Findlay’s Mental Training Series: Part 2—Demystifying Flow
BD Global Athlete Hazel Findlay talks to the flow guru in Part 2 of her Mental Training Series.
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Hang Right—Part 2: Elbow Pain in Climbers
In the second installment of their Hang Right series, Physical Therapists Esther Smith and Katey Blumenthal pinpoint the cause of nagging elbow pain in climbers and tell us what we can do about it.
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Babsi Zangerl: Summertime Sends in the Alps
This past summer, Black Diamond Global Athlete Babsi Zangerl went on a sending spree in the Alps, polishing off testpieces in the Dolomites and the Rätikon.
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Tobin Seagel: Protect Our Winters
BD Athlete Tobin Seagel believes we can turn climate change around. Here’s how.
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Johnny Collinson: The Sickle
Johnny Collinson is a sucker for adventure. So when Sherpas Cinema pitched him the idea of skiing a gnarly, 2000-foot line in the Canadian Rockies, Collinson was all in.
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Jordan White: Skiing Alaska’s Thunder Mountain
Black Diamond Athlete Jordan White loves Alaska. It’s his chance to unplug and get away from work, ski lifts and a busy life. In Alaska, White’s only work is putting one foot in front of the other while his skins serve as the area’s ski lifts. This spring, he and a crew headed back to “the last frontier” with an eye on a prime line. And as usual, Alaska did not disappoint.
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Antte Lauhamaa: Discovering Norway’s Hidden Ski Paradise
Black Diamond Ambassador Antte Lauhamaa went hunting for powder on Norway’s rugged coastline. What he found is an island he thinks will be a Norway’s new premier ski destination.
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Tobin Seagel: Chasing Dreams in the Monashee Mountains
BD Ambassador Tobin Seagel recently spent four days in the BC backcountry with a crew he thought he had nothing in common with … until they all skied some “unifying” powder.
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Hazel Findlay’s Mental Training Series: Part 1—Let the Body Climb
Black Diamond Global Athlete Hazel Findlay shares her mental training strategies in this part one of a three part series.
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