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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.

Andrea Hah: Gymnast Turned Rock Climber
Australian Black Diamond Ambassador Andrea Hah grew up as a gymnast. But after discovering climbing, she has taken her aerobatic strengths to a more vertical sphere. Along with fellow Ambassador Lee Cosey, she embodies a #liveclimbrepeat ethos.
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Mike Cronin: Climbing and Balance
For the last 15 years, South Dakota climber Mike Cronin has worked as a professional firefighter, a job he began because of its flexible schedule, which allows him to climb more than 200 days a year. "Climbing has made me who I am today," he says.
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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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Dispatch from Everest: Chapter 1
This season, Black Diamond Ambassador Raphael Slawinski, along with German alpinists Daniel Bartsch and David Göttler, plans to climb a new route on Everest's northeast face in pure alpine style. Follow the story...
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A Question of Risk: Kyle Dempster
In our ninth installment on risk, Black Diamond Ambassador Kyle Dempster explores the differences between risk in the mountains and risk in everyday life.
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Roland Hemetzberger Sends Fugu
On the second ascent of Fugu, an old Alexander Huber test piece, Black Diamond Ambassador Roland Hemetzberger finds beautiful rock and a deep history.
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Evidence of Things Not Seen
On a traverse of the Icelandic ice cap, Sune and Lindsay Tamm were faced with a choice: find a proper map or have an adventure. They chose the latter.
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Committed #3: Save Bouldering
As Europe's bouldering community grows, Christian Merlau is striving to provide education in order to preserve the fragile natural places boulderers impact.
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Climbing in Urban Rio de Janeiro
The story of Jonas Silva, one of the most dedicated students in a climbing school located in the largest slum of Rio de Janeiro
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To Train or Not to Train: A Guide
Black Diamond Ambassador Dawn Glanc on 20 years of weight training.
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Life in the Gunks: A New Perspective
After 14 years of competitive gymnastics and a life-changing medical diagnosis, Black Diamond Ambassador Whitney Boland has a new view on climbing.
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Joe Kinder's Dime Piece Route
After falling in love with the Catalonia region of Spain, Joe Kinder branches out into the further reaches of the country, finding a "dime piece route" in the process.
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Kevin Mahoney: The Lifer
On an attempt to get the first ascent of an elusive 7000-meter peak, Link Sar, in Pakistan, Kevin Mahoney balances family and passion.
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#LIVECLIMBREPEAT
A tribute to the climbing life.
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Nalle Hukkataival Sends the Notorious L'alchimiste
In 1996 Marc Le Menestral opened one of the hardest routes in the forest of Fontainebleau, known as L'alchimiste. Not long after Marc's ascent, the crux holds were mysteriously broken, and the route was deemed impossible. Now, nearly two decades later, Black Diamond Ambassador Nalle Hukkataival has reopened the problem.
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Beyond: Stories from the AAJ
Bivouacs: the good, the bad and the ugly.
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A GYM AND A CRAG: DANIEL JUNG
“A lot of people are afraid to make failures,” Daniel Jung says. “But failures are the best teacher.”
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A Question of Risk: Peter Metcalf
In our eighth installment on risk, Black Diamond's founder, Peter Metcalf, dissects risk and its place in climbing.
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Forged on Mt. Hunter
The origins of Black Diamond.
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Joe Kinder: 30 Days in Norway Part II
Black Diamond Athlete Joe Kinder continues his journey off the beaten path in Norway.
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BD Athlete Will Gadd Climbs Niagara Falls
In a headline-grabbing first, Will Gadd and Sarah Hueniken made the first ascent of the most iconic waterfall in North America.
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Chin-Deep in Japan
This Japanuary, Matt and Agnes Hage explored Japan, going deep in the powder all day before dipping into local hot pools, known as onsen, each night. Slowly, they learned the dos and don'ts of the Japanese aprés culture.
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Waking Up Early
Local Wasatch photographer Louis Arevalo details the benefits of waking up early.
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Style Matters
Kennan Harvey, who has established first ascents all over the world, explores the many layers of style in climbing and the creativity that determines it.
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Monique Forestier Tames Tiger Cat
Black Diamond Athlete Monique Forestier had spent over a year working the moves of Tiger Cat in Australia's Blue Mountains, but after falling again and again within sight of the chains, she was forced to change her approach.
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Beyond: Stories from the AAJ
A hit list from the American Alpine Journal.
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Dancing on a Different Stage
Sabina Allemann, once a professional ballerina, tests her grace and strength.
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Angel Collinson and The Year of Women's Skiing
Black Diamond Athlete Angel Collinson had a big year in 2014. But she wasn't the only one.
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The Hallucinogen Wall
"Climbers looked at it and said, 'You'd have to be hallucinating to see a route up there,'" Hallucinogen Wall first ascensionist Jim Newberry recalls. Upping the ante, Black Diamond Athletes Nik Berry and Hayden Kennedy sought to climb it free.
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Committed #2: The ROCK Project
The Access Fund's Executive Director, Brady Robinson, dissects the changing face of conservation.
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The Dawn Wall Goes Free
On January 14, 2015, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson made the successful free ascent of the Dawn Wall, the hardest big wall free climb in the world.
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From the Archives: Dawn Wall 2009
A look back at the 2009 chapter of Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson's Dawn Wall saga.
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Ice Climber's Guide: Ouray Ice Park Colorado
Rock & Ice and Black Diamond present a navigational guide to the Ouray Ice Park.
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Angel Collinson on Fear in Skiing and the City
The Collinson siblings are used to facing their fears in the mountains. But this year they had to look fear square in the eye while on tour with Teton Gravity Research in the big city.
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Eating and Skiing Wrangell St. Elias's Slotterhouse
Noah Howell joins Thomas Gaisbacher, Garrett Grove, Jonah Howell and Andrew McLean to ski tight chutes in the US's largest National Park.
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