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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.

Joe Grant & The Distance Carbon Z Trekking Poles
BD Athlete Joe Grant explains his affinity for trekking poles and why he packs them on mountain adventures.
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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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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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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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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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BD Athlete and Eleven Experience Guide Mike Barney Chases Pow in the French Alps
Some call it the center of the universe. Here's why.
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BD Athlete Mary McIntyre: Skiing & Climbing in the Argentine Andes
Watch BD Athlete Mary Mac explore the climbing and skiing readily accessible from the famed Refugio Frey.
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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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Wasatch Classics: Skiing The Whipple With Noah Howell
BD Athlete Noah Howell takes you down the icon Whipple ski descent in Big Cottonwood Canyon.
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Wasatch Classics: Skiing the Y Couloir with Noah Howell
BD Athlete Noah Howell takes us on a tour of a classic ski descent in the Wasatch mountains.
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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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Lines Upon the Water
BD Athlete Antte Lauhamaa explores the steep skiing of Norway’s Northern Islands.
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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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Connections
The early winter season is all about re-connecting with what it means to be a skier again, as this film reminds us.
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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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Mary Mac’s Winter Dreamin’ Playlist
Listen to BD Athlete Mary McIntyre’s favorite songs for shredding.
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Get Up To Get Down: 3 Backcountry Rituals To Practice This Winter
In this article, we explore three rituals, or good habits, to practice every winter so you can optimize your days in the backcountry.
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Hazel Findlay: Guests—Sharing and Sending El Cap’s Salathé Wall (VI 5.13b)
BD Athlete Hazel Findlay reflects on her recent El Cap adventure and her free-ascent of the iconic Salathé Wall (VI 5.13b).
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Q&A: BD Athletes Babsi Zangerl and Jacopo Larcher Claim Second Ascent of El Cap’s Magic Mushroom
Babsi and Jacopo give the low-down on their recent free-ascent of El Cap’s fierce Magic Mushroom (VI 5.14a).
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Exum Files—Part 2: Helpful Ski Techniques With Guide and World Champion Jessica Baker
Lead Exum guide and former freeskiing champion Jessica Baker shares basic techniques to improve your skiing.
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Carlo Traversi: A Video Guide to Fontainebleau’s Hard Classics—Part 1
BD Athlete Carlo Traversi takes us on a virtual tour of his favorite problems in the magical forest of Fontainebleau.
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