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The Black Diamond 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.

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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Soul Deep: Climbing in the Heart of Soulsville with Memphis Rox
Soul Deep: Climbing in the Heart of Soulsville with Memphis Rox
Watch the film Soul Deep, which documents the efforts of Memphis Rox as they bring climbing, inclusivity and community into the heart of Soulsville in Memphis, TN.
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Parkin Costain: Watch Him Rip in this Edit from the New TGR Movie “Make Believe”
Parkin Costain: Watch Him Rip in this Edit from the New TGR Movie “Make Believe”
Watch BD Athlete Parkin Costain rip it up in this highlight edit from the new TGR film “Make Believe.”
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TEMPO. Movement in Mountains
TEMPO. Movement in Mountains
BD Athlete Kyle Richardson finds the beat while moving in mountains.
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Dawn Patrol
Dawn Patrol
It’s time to rise.
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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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Black Lives Matter. BD Stands in Solidarity.
Black Lives Matter. BD Stands in Solidarity.
We are listening. We are learning. We are working toward change.
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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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We'll See You Out There
We'll See You Out There
A message from Black Diamond to the community we love—May 2020
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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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2020: The #21 Camalot C4
2020: The #21 Camalot C4
“I wanted to find a way to make chimneys and wide cracks a little more mellow,” says BD Athlete Alex Honnold. “Luckily I knew just the folks to talk to.”
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QC Lab: Taming the Monster—The Beauty and Limitations of Big Cams
QC Lab: Taming the Monster—The Beauty and Limitations of Big Cams
The QC Lab crew goes deep to explore the strengths and weaknesses of our new #7 and #8 monster Camalots.
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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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The San Juan Series With BD Ambassador Mike Barney: Episode 3 — Perspective
The San Juan Series With BD Ambassador Mike Barney: Episode 3 — Perspective
Follow BD Ambassador Mike Barney into the San Juan Mountains and gain a little perspective on his decision making in the backcountry.
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BD Athlete Antte Lauhamaa Shares His Top 10 Lessons Learned from a Life of Avalanche Study
BD Athlete Antte Lauhamaa Shares His Top 10 Lessons Learned from a Life of Avalanche Study
BD Athlete and Finnish avalanche forecaster Antte Lauhamaa runs down his list of 10 commandments he tries to remember every time he heads into the backcountry.
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Wasatch Classics: The Grr Couloir with BD Athlete Noah Howell
Wasatch Classics: The Grr Couloir with BD Athlete Noah Howell
Get the skinny on skiing the Grr Couloir from Wasatch powder veteran Noah Howell.
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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 BD Beta with Esther Smith: Episode 8—The Ultimate Foam Rolling Sequence for Ski-Day Recovery
The BD Beta with Esther Smith: Episode 8—The Ultimate Foam Rolling Sequence for Ski-Day Recovery
Watch BD Athlete Mary McIntyre and DPT Esther Smith demonstrate a highly effective sequence of foam rolling for recovery after big ski days.
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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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