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Black Diamond Experience

Willkommen bei Black Diamond Experience, einer organischen Präsentation von inspirierenden Geschichten, Fotos und Videos von unseren Athleten, Mitarbeitern und Partnern. Black Diamond Experience ist eine Plattform, auf der wir unterschiedlichste Abenteuer aus den Bereichen Klettern, Skifahren und Bergsteigen rund um den Globus vorstellen. Außerdem findet ihr hier Event-News, Informationen zu unserer Advocacy-Arbeit sowie Produkt- und Technologie-Highlights – kurzum all die Themen, die uns begeistern. Lasst euch inspirieren!

Getting Squamished: A Primer
Squamish encompasses a lot of things: For Ambassador Colette McInerney it was a good venue to get more versed in plugging pro, and for Ambassador Whitney Boland, its fickle weather forced a lesson in patience.
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Patagonia Magic
After a slow start to his weeks-long trip to Patagonia, Black Diamond Ambassador Korra Pesce, along with four partners, completed the long-sought second ascent of Psycho Vertical (950m 6b A3 M8, 90° ice) on Torre Egger.
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Black Diamond Athlete Summit: Project Siurana
In December 2015, a group of Black Diamond athletes and ambassadors traveled to Siurana, Spain, working with the local climbing community to clean up the crag. The group installed toilets, cleaned up trash, rebolted routes and, of course, went climbing. Global Athlete Hazel Findlay describes the experience.
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Skiing in Northern Europe: An Insider's How-To
Black Diamond Ambassador Antte Lauhamaa views skiing as a means of self expression, and the unique experiences of skiing in northern Europe have shaped him as a ski mountaineer.
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Josh Wharton: Fatherhood and Alpinism
Black Diamond Ambassador Josh Wharton has long pushed the limits in alpinism, and after the birth of his daughter, Hera, he continues to do so. But many ask him how being a new father has changed his approach.
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Roland Hemetzberger: Madness in Madagascar
After seeing images of the towering walls of Madagascar in a book years ago, Black Diamond Ambassador Roland Hemetzberger knew that he had to visit the island. This year, his dream finally came true.
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The Salathe Sweep: House Cleaning on El Cap
For the second year running, Black Diamond athletes and employees teamed up with Yosemite NPS employees to clean house on the vertical walls of the Valley. As ambassador Tommy Caldwell puts it, "It's like cleaning out my basement."
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Johnny Collinson: The Early Season Fever
Black Diamond Ambassador Johnny Collinson is just as excited as the next guy to shred this winter’s pow. But in the early season, his stoke is tempered by the same caution he has on the season's deepest days.
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Babsi Zangerl: Fighting El Niño
This year, Black Diamond Athlete Babsi Zangerl traveled to the Valley for the second time, having been shut down five years prior. Now with half a decade of new experience under her belt, and along with Ambassador Jacopo Larcher, she sent the 30-pitch El Niño (VI 5.13c), but not without a struggle.
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QC LAB: FULL STRENGTH HAUL LOOPS
This month KP and the crew tackle a question that is often heard at the base of the crag. What does full strength really mean?
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Ice Training: How to Build a Plice
As the ice season approaches, Black Diamond Ambassador Will Gadd offers advice for building a Plice, a.k.a plywood ice.
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Nik Berry: Inspiration in Lone Peak Cirque
Black Diamond Ambassador Nik Berry was first inspired by a thin seam on Lone Peak's Question Mark Wall in 2010. Now, five years later, the line has inspired him to grow as a climber.
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Daila Ojeda: Finding Community in France
Black Diamond Global Athlete Daila Ojeda recently moved to France, a move that has forced her to learn a new language, culture and climbs. But one thing she has found remains constant: The language of the love for climbing.
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Finally, I Climbed a Mountain
Black Diamond Global Athlete Hazel Findlay's recent shoulder surgery forces her to reevaluate where she can find happiness.
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BDTV Episode One: One Seven Eight
Forging a Balance
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Black Diamond Ambassador Roland Hemetzberger Sends Delirium
After battling tricky weather and challenging rock, Black Diamond Ambassador Roland Hemetzberger finally sent Delirium, a multi-pitch 8c in Austria's Kaiser Mountains.
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A Love Letter to all the Gunkies
Black Diamond Ambassador Whitney Boland writes a platonic love letter to those that came before.
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Committed #4: Our Public Lands
In a climate where the sanctity of America's public lands is increasingly threatened, The Trust for Public Land's CEO Will Rogers and Black Diamond's CEO and Founder Peter Metcalf muse on their connection to the public lands we cherish.
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Josh Wharton: Prep
Last winter, Black Diamond Ambassador Josh Wharton established a new route on Rocky Mountain National Park's Sharkstooth. But the ascent did not come without preparation.
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Happiness is a Tasmanian Sea Stack
After a lifetime of listening to stories about Tasmania's Totem Pole, Black Diamond Global Athlete Hazel Findlay finally stepped onto the sea stack, belayed by one of its first free ascensionists.
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Daniel Jung: The Optimist
Black Diamond Global Athlete Daniel Jung is good at taking naps. But he's even better at climbing.
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Genyen: The Journey
Dave Anderson and Szu-ting Yi's five-part journey through the culture and challenges of China's Genyen Massif.
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The Action Fund: Taking Responsibility
Black Diamond Brand Advocate Tyler Wilcutt realized early in his climbing career that the hardware on many routes was not monitored by anyone but the members of the community who used it. And many of those users did not realize their own responsibility. So Tyler took it upon himself to replace old gear, starting the Action Fund.
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Sonnie Trotter: The Last Day
In his third blog from Spain, Sonnie Trotter gives his 14-year 5.14 project one final go.
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Dispatch From Everest: Aftermath
On April 25, four minutes before noon, Nepal time, the Indian Plate lurched beneath the Eurasian Plate. In a matter of seconds, the southern edge of the latter, bearing Kathmandu and the forested hills and deep valleys around it, was lifted up by nearly a meter.
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BABSI ZANGERL: BACK TO SPAIN
For Black Diamond Global Athlete Babsi Zangerl, Spain represents a calm place where she can focus on climbing.
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Sonnie Trotter: A Climbing Life After Kids
In his second blog from Spain, Sonnie Trotter sends Estado Critico (9a), proving that hard climbs can still be achieved after kids.
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The Perfect Playground
In October 2014, before the madness that was the Dawn Wall, Black Diamond Athletes Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold made the first in-a-day ascent of El Corazon. Now, Tommy looks back on the climb.
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Babsi Zangerl: Unfinished Business
After weeks of climbing only on plastic, Black Diamond Global Athlete Babsi Zangerl was itching to touch Spanish rock again. And the sunny country did not disappoint....
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When Life Gives You Lemons….
This season, Black Diamond Ambassadors Angel and Johnny Collinson headed to Kosovo, unsure of what they would find. They were warned to watch out for the Raki, but they learned their lesson too late....
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Sonnie Trotter: Spain 14 Years Later
After 14 years away, Black Diamond Ambassador Sonnie Trotter reflects on how Spain, and he himself, has changed.
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Australia's Finest: Lee Cossey
Black Diamond Ambassador Lee Cossey has been climbing for nearly 20 years, and for the last 12, he has been off-and-on trying The Red Project, a 9a (5.14d).
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Surgery: A Time Out
Before surgery, Ambassador Mayan Smith-Gobat was terrified, thinking it would end her life as she knew it. But instead she found a time to reflect and regain motivation, psyche and inner drive.
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From China with Love
For Black Diamond Ambassadors Felicitas Feller and Rahel Schelb, Li Ming, China, brought both a wild climbing experience and a unique cultural collision.
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Up the Creek
After 20 years of climbing in Indian Creek, Black Diamond Ambassador Chris Schulte finally set out to explore the boulders that had been calling to him for years. And with each new line he climbed, he realized more and more the importance of protecting the delicate ecosystem that allows for such incredible movement.
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