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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.

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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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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Copp-Dash Inspired: Tino Villanueva & Alan Rousseau’s Himalayan First Ascent
After receiving the Copp-Dash Inspire Award, two American IFMGA guides vision-quested their way to the summit of an unclimbed Himalayan peak. This is their story.
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Luka Krajnc: Memories of The Memory—Climbing Croatia’s New 5.14 Multi-Pitch
BD Ambassador and Slovenian badass Luka Krajnc remembers the first free ascent of Croatia’s nails-hard multi-pitch.
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Wasatch Classics: Noah Howell on The South Ridge of Superior
BD Athlete Noah Howell gives the low-down on his favorite mountain ridge scramble—the iconic South Ridge of Superior.
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Rolo Hemetzberger: Sending WOGÜ—Europe’s Hardest Multi-Pitch
With a little motivation from Grandma, BD Athlete and employee Rolo Hemetzberger was able to send Europe’s hardest multi-pitch. This is his story.
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Rhythm
BD Athlete Joe Grant searches for rhythm while running in the heart of the Alps.
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Nalle Hukkataival: Squamish Sending Spree
BD Athlete Nalle Hukkataival recently touched down in Squamish, B.C. to sample the goods. As usual, he left a slew of cutting-edge ascents in his wake. Check out this video documenting two of his hardest sends, including the coveted second ascent of the Singularity (V14/15).
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Chris Schulte: FA’s Off the Beaten Path In Switzerland
Watch BD Ambassador Chris Schulte establish beautiful lines in the less traveled reaches of Switzerland.
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Daila Ojeda: Into the Alpine to Send Digital Crack
After pushing her boundaries last spring and climbing her first multi-pitch, BD Athlete Daila Ojeda decided that she wanted to experience the mountains of Chamonix. Check out this film of Daila climbing the classic Digital Crack—a beautiful 8a at 12,500 feet in the Alps.
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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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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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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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