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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.

The BD Beta with Esther Smith: Episode 8—The Ultimate Foam Rolling Sequence for Ski-Day Recovery
The BD Beta with Esther Smith: Episode 8—The Ultimate Foam Rolling Sequence for Ski-Day Recovery
Watch BD Athlete Mary McIntyre and DPT Esther Smith demonstrate a highly effective sequence of foam rolling for recovery after big ski days.
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The Floating Mountain
The Floating Mountain
Watch BD Athletes Parkin Costain and Mary McIntyre explore Japan’s mythical Rishiri Mountain.
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Iceland with the Jackson Brothers
Iceland with the Jackson Brothers
Follow Eric and John Jackson as they surf the powder, waves and rivers of Iceland.
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The BD Beta with DPT Esther Smith: Episode 7 — Gym Exercises to Improve Ski Touring Mechanics
The BD Beta with DPT Esther Smith: Episode 7 — Gym Exercises to Improve Ski Touring Mechanics
Get the beta to stay healthy after big ski tours in the mountains from DPT Esther Smith and BD Athlete Mary McIntyre.
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Deep Days: BD Athlete Noah Howell in the Wasatch
Deep Days: BD Athlete Noah Howell in the Wasatch
Watch Noah Howell get deep in the Wasatch backcountry.
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Snow Safety with BD Ambassador Mike Barney: Episode 1 — Patience
Snow Safety with BD Ambassador Mike Barney: Episode 1 — Patience
In this video, BD Ambassador Mike Barney discusses the virtues of patience when heading into the backcountry.
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Exclusive Interview: BD Athletes Babsi Zangerl and Jacopo Larcher Free the Nose (VI 5.14a)
Exclusive Interview: BD Athletes Babsi Zangerl and Jacopo Larcher Free the Nose (VI 5.14a)
Check out this candid Q&A with Babsi and Jacopo as they describe their recent ascent of the world’s most famous climb.
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Jackson Marvell: Gimme Back My Bullets
Jackson Marvell: Gimme Back My Bullets
Watch BD Ambassador Jackson Marvell get rowdy in the mountains as he climbs some of the boldest ice and mixed routes in Utah.
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The BD Beta with DPT Esther Smith: Episode 6 — Skinning Mechanics
The BD Beta with DPT Esther Smith: Episode 6 — Skinning Mechanics
DPT Esther Smith and BD Athlete Mary McIntyre discuss the mechanics to efficient skinning while skiing and splitboarding in the backcountry.
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The Ski Train—Tobin Seagel and Giulia Monego Explore the Backcountry of Vatnahalsen, Norway
The Ski Train—Tobin Seagel and Giulia Monego Explore the Backcountry of Vatnahalsen, Norway
Watch as BD Athletes Tobin Seagel and Giulia Monego discover how an electric train in Norway is the key to unlimited backcountry ski terrain.
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Sean Bailey Goes “A Muerte” in Spain on Joe Mama 9a+ (5.15a)
Sean Bailey Goes “A Muerte” in Spain on Joe Mama 9a+ (5.15a)
Watch BD Athlete Sean Bailey go hard in Spain while trying Joe Mama (5.15a).
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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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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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