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Trip Reports

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.

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
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)
Hazel Findlay Rocks Down to Electric Avenue (5.13+R)
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#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
Chris Burkard’s Journey to Climb the Yosemite Hardman Offwidth Circuit
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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)
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
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
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
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
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 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 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 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
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)
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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Lines Upon the Water
BD Athlete Antte Lauhamaa explores the steep skiing of Norway’s Northern Islands.
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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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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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