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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.

BD Ambassador Chris Schulte Putting Up FA’s In Font
BD Ambassador Chris Schulte Putting Up FA’s In Font
From the well-traveled classics to brand new first ascents, watch BD Ambassador Chris Schulte take a tour through the mecca of all bouldering areas.
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Concepción with Hazel Findlay
Concepción with Hazel Findlay
Watch BD Athlete Hazel Findlay battle with the immaculate 230 - foot splitter, Concepción (5.13).
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The BD Beta with DPT Esther Smith: Episode 5—Loving the Downhill with Balance and Proprioception
The BD Beta with DPT Esther Smith: Episode 5—Loving the Downhill with Balance and Proprioception
BD Athlete Joe Grant and DPT Esther Smith share a series of ankle mobility exercises that enhance communication from terrain to brain.
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Live. Climb. Repeat. with Nalle Hukkataival
Live. Climb. Repeat. with Nalle Hukkataival
BD Athlete Nalle Hukkataival envisions one of America’s hardest undone boulder problems, but will the sequence go?
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BD Athlete Seb Bouin: First Ascents in Turkey—Episode 3 Lily’s Eye
BD Athlete Seb Bouin: First Ascents in Turkey—Episode 3 Lily’s Eye
BD Athlete Seb Bouin and his mom enjoy the Turkish lifestyle while Seb bolts a futuristic extension to one of the area’s hardest routes.
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BD Athlete Seb Bouin: First Ascents in Turkey—Episode 2 Lily’s Eye
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
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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The BD Beta with DPT Esther Smith: Episode 4—Hip Control for Healthy Knees
The BD Beta with DPT Esther Smith: Episode 4—Hip Control for Healthy Knees
BD Athlete Joe Grant and DPT Esther Smith explore the unsung heroes of your posterior and lateral hip muscle system to unload your knees and quiet down those bossy hip flexors.
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Black Diamond Presents: Hazel Findlay Rocks Down to Electric Avenue (5.13+R)
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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The BD Beta with DPT Esther Smith: Episode 3—Joe Grant’s Tips to Save Your Knees on the Downhill
The BD Beta with DPT Esther Smith: Episode 3—Joe Grant’s Tips to Save Your Knees on the Downhill
BD Athlete Joe Grant teams up with DPT Esther Smith for tips to save your knees on the downhill.
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Hang Right Part 4: The Knowledge Quest—Lessons 2-4
Hang Right Part 4: The Knowledge Quest—Lessons 2-4
BD Athlete Sam Elias and DPT Esther Smith explore how human anatomy and body mechanics can help us climb stronger and resolve injury.
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Boulder Field Masters Series 2019
Boulder Field Masters Series 2019
We are the Official Sponsor of the Boulder Field Masters Series 2019 and are live streaming the event. Catch the latest event coverage here.
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Gear Myths: Gear Slings vs Gear Loops
Gear Myths: Gear Slings vs Gear Loops
Gear slings have seemingly gone the way of the tri-cam. Is there a reason for the demise of a once crucial piece of climbing equipment? Are gear loops on your harness truly superior?
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Hang Right Part 4: The Knowledge Quest—Lesson 1
Hang Right Part 4: The Knowledge Quest—Lesson 1
Esther Smith, DPT of Grassroots Physical Therapy, shares how knowledge of human anatomy and body mechanics can help us climb stronger and resolve injury.
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The BD Beta with DPT Esther Smith: Episode 2—The Warm-Up that Doesn't Suck
The BD Beta with DPT Esther Smith: Episode 2—The Warm-Up that Doesn't Suck
BD Athlete Claire Buhrfeind joins Esther Smith, DPT of Grassroots Physical Therapy to explore a select kit of mat exercises that touch on all of the key areas of our core and emphasize thoughtful, aligned movement for a strong and fluid climbing body.
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The BD Beta with DPT Esther Smith: Episode 1—Five Core Exercises for Climbers
The BD Beta with DPT Esther Smith: Episode 1—Five Core Exercises for Climbers
BD Athlete Claire Buhrfeind joins DPT Esther Smith of Grassroots Physical Therapy to explore core exercises focused for climbing.
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#BDEmployees: Sasha Yakunin's Ascent of Fitz Roy
#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
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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Adam Ondra: The Road to Tokyo
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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The Lifer
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
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
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
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
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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QC Lab: Twisty Ropes—The How, Why and Risks (If Any) of Having Your Rope Twist as You Climb
QC Lab: Twisty Ropes—The How, Why and Risks (If Any) of Having Your Rope Twist as You Climb
KP and the QC Lab crew attempt to untwist the myths and risks behind the dreaded “twisty” climbing rope.
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BD Athlete Noah Howell: Skiing the Ramen Couloir on Mount Hunter
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
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)
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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Will Gadd’s Right Here, Right Now Playlist
Will Gadd’s Right Here, Right Now Playlist
Listen to the tunes that get BD Athlete Will Gadd in the zone.
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QC Lab: All Screws Are Not Created Equal —The Risks of Reboring Old Ice Screw Holes
QC Lab: All Screws Are Not Created Equal —The Risks of Reboring Old Ice Screw Holes
Saving time and energy by placing ice screws in an old hole? Well, KP and the QC Lab crew take a look at some potential risks of reboring ice screw holes. Get the beta!
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BD Athlete Adam Ondra: The American Road Trip—Battling the Offwidth of Belly Full of Bad Berries (5.13b)
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
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
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
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
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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