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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.

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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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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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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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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#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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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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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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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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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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