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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.

Adam in the Rockies: Episode 1 - Glassy Fingers
BD Athlete Adam Ondra visits the Canadian Rockies and throws down on the hard routes of Acephale in this first Episode 1.
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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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QC Lab: Ultimate Strength Testing of the Gear You've Always Wondered About
KP and the QC Lab crew field the most common questions they get about gear and do what they do best—break it! Check out the fascinating results in the latest QC Lab.
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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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Kamchatka: BD Employees Find Powder Turns in Remote Russia
BD Employees don’t just work all the time. We also get the opportunity to take our gear into the mountains that we love and explore. In this story, a few employees from BD’s European headquarters venture to Kamchatcka—a remote region of Russia that’s covered in volcanos. And luckily, those volcanoes are covered in untracked powder. That’s right, it’s time to start packing.
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Seb Bouin: The Motivation to MOVE 9b/b+
Frenchman Seb Bouin wasn’t necessarily looking for a challenge but found one that intrigued and motivated him far from home.
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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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Thomas Gaisbacher: Skiing the Matterhorn’s East Face
BD Athlete Thomas Gaisbacher recounts his recent descent down the steep and iconic Matterhorn.
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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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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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Will Gadd Unleashed
BD Athlete Will Gadd Reflects on 25 Years of Testing and Developing Black Diamond Gear.
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Rusty Willis And The Four Finger Fuel
After the loss of his pinkie, Rusty Willis was struggling to find the right ice tool ... until the crew at BD got involved.
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Exum Files—Part 3: Ski Transitions in Technical Terrain
Exum Guide Zahan Billimoria explains transitions and efficiency in technical ski terrain.
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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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