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Gym. Crag. Repeat.
It all started in the gym for BD Athlete Carlo Traversi. That’s why he’s put everything he has into creating what he experienced growing up—a gym that not only provides training, but also mentorship for young climbers heading to the crag.
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Hayden’s Line: BD Ambassador Josh Wharton Honors Hayden Kennedy with a New Eldorado Testpiece
To honor his late friend Hayden Kennedy, BD Ambassador Josh Wharton established a new route in Eldorado Canyon, Colorado, dubbing it Hayden’s Line.
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Speed Climbing 101 for Old Tradsters
Speed climbing might be the most talked about discipline in the world of competition climbing at the moment … and we have to admit, not all of it is positive. But amid negativity often lies curiosity, so with that in mind, we decided to take a deep dive into the world of SPEED.
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The Olympic Format Explained: Ondra Takes Second at the Combined Finals Debut During the 2018 World Championships
In this article, we take a look at the new Olympic Format, which premiered at the World Championships in Innsbruck, and talk to the combined finals second place finisher—BD Athlete Adam Ondra.
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Behind the Scenes of the Innsbruck World Champs: Klaus Isele—Physio on the Road to Tokyo
Klaus Isele—one of the world’s leading climbing physical therapists—sat down with Black Diamond to chat about his role at the 2018 IFSC World Championships in Innsbruck and his in-depth work with Adam Ondra.
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Q&A: BD Athlete Adam Ondra Takes Second in the Lead Climbing World Championships
BD Athlete Adam Ondra shares his thoughts on his recent second place finish at the 2018 IFSC Lead Climbing World Championships.
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Jacky Godoffe: Think XXL
The legendary Bleausard reflects on his long, winding road to the Innsbruck World Championships.
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Patxi Usobiaga: From Winning World Championships to Training Ondra
The Basque visionary shares his journey along the road to Innsbruck.
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Adam Ondra: The Road to Tokyo
Watch BD Athlete Adam Ondra train for Speed, Lead and Bouldering as he gears up for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and read a candid interview on his philosophy on all things climbing.
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Fanny Gibert: Road to the Innsbruck World Championships
BD Athlete Fanny Gibert shares her journey from being a mediocre climber to a World Cup crusher and Olympic hopeful.
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Paraclimbing Charity: Klettern kann jeder – everybody can climb!
Together with the climbing platform Climbers Paradise Tirol the charity campaign “Klettern kann jeder” was started to support Paraclimbing Austria.
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Claire Buhrfeind: Road to the Innsbruck World Championships
BD Athlete Claire Buhrfeind shares how she views competition climbing, her love for the sport, and why the World Championships in Innsbruck are the perfect testing ground for the 2020 Olympics.
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Sean Bailey: Road to the Innsbruck World Championships
BD Athlete Sean Bailey is ready to go big at the World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria. Watch Sean in action and hear his thoughts about why he loves comp climbing.
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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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Ryan Robinson’s Walk the Line Playlist
BD Athlete Ryan Robinson shares the songs that get him stoked to highline.
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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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Tobin Seagel: Off-Season Training—Time to Play
BD Athlete Tobin Seagel shares his hard-earned secrets for heading into the ski season in tip-top shape.
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Sean Bailey Steps into the World of BD Climbing Shoes
In this video, BD Athlete and National Champion Sean Bailey visits BD HQ to collaborate with the design team on our new line of climbing shoes.
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Rockin’ Rolo: Episode 2
BD Employee and ambassador Roland Hemetzberger continues his tour of Rocklands’ finest trad lines, and guns for the second ascent of the spicy Beware of the Beasties (8a+).
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Gear Myths: Clipping a Chalk Bag Directly To Your Harness—Yay, or Nay?
Should you ever clip a chalk bag to your harness with a carabiner? In this Gear Myths we explore the multiple chalk bag connection techniques used worldwide and try to decipher which is the best method.
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Rockin’ Rolo: Episode 1
BD Athlete and full-time employee Roland Hemetzberger heads to Rocklands, South Africa, where he finds untapped trad climbing potential.
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QC Lab: Ultimate Strength Testing of the Gear You've Always Wondered About
KP and the QC Lab crew field the most common questions they get about gear and do what they do best—break it! Check out the fascinating results in the latest QC Lab.
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Welcome to the Team: Anna Liina Laitinen
Anna Liina Laitinen joins the BD Athlete team.
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Hazel Findlay: The First Ascent of Tainted Love (5.13d)—A Squamish Trad Testpiece
Watch BD Athlete Hazel Findlay battle with one of Squamish’s hardest unclimbed trad lines.
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Welcome to the Team: Matty Hong
Matty Hong joins the BD Athlete team.
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Carlo Traversi: A Video Guide to Fontainebleau’s Hard Classics—Part 2
In Part 2, BD Athlete Carlo Traversi finishes his virtual tour of his favorite problems in the magical forest of Fontainebleau.
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Welcome to the Team: Sean Bailey
Sean Bailey joins the BD Athlete team.
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Welcome to the BD Team: Claire Buhrfeind
Claire Buhrfeind joins the BD Athlete team.
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Welcome to the BD Team: Kai Lightner
Kai Lightner joins the BD Athlete team.
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The Making Of: The Black Diamond HotWire Carabiner
In 1995, Black Diamond launched the world's first wire-gate carabiner designed for climbing. This is the story of how two BD designers envisioned a piece of equipment that changed the game forever.
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Climbing Out Of Disaster: The Climbers of Puerto Rico Face Hurricane Maria
In this film, the climbers of Puerto Rico come together to rebuild their community after a devastating disaster.
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Will Gadd Unleashed
BD Athlete Will Gadd Reflects on 25 Years of Testing and Developing Black Diamond Gear.
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Rusty Willis And The Four Finger Fuel
After the loss of his pinkie, Rusty Willis was struggling to find the right ice tool ... until the crew at BD got involved.
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Gear Myths: To Oppose or Not To Oppose Your Quickdraw’s Biners
To oppose or not to oppose your biners on a quickdraw, that is the question!
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Into The Mind: Hayden Kennedy’s Bold Approach to Climbing
BD Athlete Hazel Findlay recounts Hayden Kennedy’s bold skills in the mountains, and shares this exclusive interview with HK, which she conducted before his untimely death.
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