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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 PATH OF THE MOUNTAIN GUIDE: GAINING TRACTION
This is the second in a series of articles by aspiring AMGA/IFMGA Mountain Guide Andrew Hansen. He expects to complete the core curriculum by Spring 2017.
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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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The Real Super Tour
Hardman Kennan Harvey first tried the Wasatch Super Tour in leather boots on long, skinny skis. Now, he returns, dead set on completing the Tour.
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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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Finding Cochamójo
On a trip to Southern Chile's Cocham├│ Valley, Nick Rothenbush ponders why we climb.
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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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What is an Alpinist?
On an expedition to the Karakoram, Rob Duncan explores what it means to be an alpinist.
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The Path of the Mountain Guide: First Steps
This is the first in a series of articles by aspiring AMGA/IFMGA Mountain Guide Andrew Hansen. He expects to complete the core curriculum by Spring 2017.
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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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A Question of Risk: Dave Weber
In our tenth installment on risk, Denali Mountaineering Ranger Dave Weber examines risk from a place of experience, humility and respect.
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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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Dean Potter: Purity of Desire
Excerpted from the Spring 2000 Black Diamond Catalog in remembrance of Dean Potter and Graham Hunt.
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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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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 G├Âttler, 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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