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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.

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
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
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
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
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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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
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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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
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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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
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)
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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Safety First—Jackson Hole’s High School Avalanche Program Comes to Life
Jackson Hole High School is leading the charge in snow safety by adding an avalanche awareness course to the curriculum. Check out this film documenting the movement.
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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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Gear Myths: Bottoms-Up or Top-Down—Is There A Correct Way to Thread the Rope Through Your Harness?
Should you tie in bottoms-up or top-down? That’s the question for this Gear Myths, which explores the different methods of threading a rope through your harness.
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Gym. Crag. Repeat.
It all started in the gym for BD Athlete Carlo Traversi. That’s why he’s put everything he has into creating what he experienced growing up—a gym that not only provides training, but also mentorship for young climbers heading to the crag.
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Hayden’s Line: BD Ambassador Josh Wharton Honors Hayden Kennedy with a New Eldorado Testpiece
To honor his late friend Hayden Kennedy, BD Ambassador Josh Wharton established a new route in Eldorado Canyon, Colorado, dubbing it Hayden’s Line.
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Speed Climbing 101 for Old Tradsters
Speed climbing might be the most talked about discipline in the world of competition climbing at the moment … and we have to admit, not all of it is positive. But amid negativity often lies curiosity, so with that in mind, we decided to take a deep dive into the world of SPEED.
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The Olympic Format Explained: Ondra Takes Second at the Combined Finals Debut During the 2018 World Championships
In this article, we take a look at the new Olympic Format, which premiered at the World Championships in Innsbruck, and talk to the combined finals second place finisher—BD Athlete Adam Ondra.
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Behind the Scenes of the Innsbruck World Champs: Klaus Isele—Physio on the Road to Tokyo
Klaus Isele—one of the world’s leading climbing physical therapists—sat down with Black Diamond to chat about his role at the 2018 IFSC World Championships in Innsbruck and his in-depth work with Adam Ondra.
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Q&A: BD Athlete Adam Ondra Takes Second in the Lead Climbing World Championships
BD Athlete Adam Ondra shares his thoughts on his recent second place finish at the 2018 IFSC Lead Climbing World Championships.
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