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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 Diary of a First Ascent: Chapter I
Florian Haenel, Chris Kalman and Austin Siadak explore the walls that ring Chile's Cochamó Valley, finding that nothing is as it first appears.
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The Nosewipe: A Camp VI Cleanse
Camp VI on El Cap's Nose is notorious for being a trash repository. This fall, during the annual Yosemite Facelift, Black Diamond Athlete Sam Elias and employee Dave Campbell joined National Park Service members in an effort to clean up the trash pile that had, over many years, wedged itself into the camp's crack. They pulled out more than 150 pounds of trash, including a sardine can from the 70s, a perfectly usable belay seat and a pair of soiled underwear.
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Ines Papert: Reflection
After years of dominating the competition circuit, Ines Papert now dedicates her time to exploring new locations and putting up first ascents of cutting-edge ice and mixed climbs all over the world.
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Rjukan, Norway: The New Water Energy
In southern Norway sits the town of Rjukan, a place whose history lies in the waterfalls that tumble from its cliffs. Each winter an abundance of ice routes form, and every spring the lines thaw, a cycle that powered hydroelectricity stations until the '90s. Now that the stations have closed their doors, the ice climbers of Norway have become the new water energy.
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Black Diamond Ambassador Josh Wharton and The Black Binder
Josh Wharton, who has climbed in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison for more than 15 years, has a binder full of Black Canyon ascents. His chronicle was only lacking a free ascent of the Hallucinogen Wall, a 13-pitch aid route.
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The Human Factor: Chapter Five
Despite hours of training and years of experience, it happens. Somewhere between digging pits and assessing terrain traps a lapse in good judgment occurs, and avalanches entrap even the most experienced skiers. And we are left asking, why? In the fifth and final chapter of a series exploring five separate slides, the editors of Powder elucidate The Human Factor.
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BD Athlete Johnny Collinson: Pillows and Pow in British Colu
After a ski mountaineering trip in Europe, Johnny Collinson had just six hours to prepare for a trip to British Columbia. But the quick turnaround paid off, and he found pillow heaven. "That everyday struggle becomes so worth it when you’re standing at the top of the first line."
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The Human Factor: Chapter Four
Despite hours of training and years of experience, it happens. Somewhere between digging pits and assessing terrain traps a lapse in good judgment occurs, and avalanches entrap even the most experienced skiers. And we are left asking, why? In the fourth chapter of a five-part series exploring five separate slides, the editors of Powder elucidate The Human Factor.
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Skipping Bolts on Little Cottonwood Canyon's Hardest Lines
Every climber has their own opinion about bolts: where they should be, where they shouldn’t be and whether or not they should be removed. But Peter Vintoniv just climbs around them and goes on with his day.
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A Question of Risk: Drew Hardesty
In the seventh installment to our video series on risk, Utah Avalanche Center Forecaster, Jenny Lake Climbing Ranger and skier Drew Hardesty talks risk and how the euphoria of powder can change your life.
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Wrestling Pebbles and Giving Back in South Africa's Rockland
BD Athlete Kaddi Lehmann took a trip to Rocklands, South Africa, where she became both a teacher of climbing and a student of dance.
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The Human Factor: Chapter Three
Despite hours of training and years of experience, it happens. Somewhere between digging pits and assessing terrain traps a lapse in good judgment occurs, and avalanches entrap even the most experienced skiers. And we are left asking, why? In the third chapter of a five-part series exploring five separate slides, the editors of Powder elucidate The Human Factor.
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A Question of Risk: Bruce Tremper
In this installment of our video series on risk, Utah Avalanche Center Director, author of Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain and skier Bruce Tremper talks about risk from the perspective of someone who manages it everyday.
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Joe Kinder: 30 Days in Norway
The legendary Hanshelleren Cave in Flatanger, Norway, gained worldwide attention in the climbing community when Adam Ondra established two of the world's hardest routes there: Change (5.15c) and Move (5.15b). This year Joe Kinder decided that he had to see the cave for himself. In the first installment of this two-part series, he projects hard climbs, forages for food and remarks at the inconceivably high price of beer in Norway.
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The Human Factor: Chapter Two
Despite hours of training and years of experience, it happens. Somewhere between digging pits and assessing terrain traps a lapse in good judgment occurs, and avalanches entrap even the most experienced skiers. And we are left asking, why? In the second chapter of a five-part series exploring five separate slides, the editors of Powder elucidate The Human Factor.
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The ROCK Project: Sign The Pact
Building toward a series of events launching in Spring 2015, the Access Fund's ROCK Project kicks off with The Pact: a pledge to uphold good climbing ethics, protect the mountain environments where we climb and ensure continued access to the cliffs and crags we love. We invite you to join us, and sign The Pact.
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Black Diamond Athlete Mason Earle on 24HHH
Arkansas's 24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell is notorious for its wacky team names, bomber sandstone and wild after parties. Despite having an aversion for competitions, Black Diamond athlete Mason Earle, along with teammate Nik Berry, took the 24HHH by storm this year, shit talking Alex Honnold, grunting through 5.8 cruxes and winning the team division while setting a new high score.
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The Human Factor: Chapter One
Despite hours of training and years of experience, it happens. Somewhere between digging pits and assessing terrain traps a lapse in good judgment occurs, and avalanches entrap even the most experienced skiers. And we are left asking, why? In the first chapter of a five-part series exploring five separate slides, the editors of Powder elucidate The Human Factor.
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Stairway to Heaven: Mugs Stump Award Recipients on Mt. Johns
This May Mugs Stump Award recipients Kevin Cooper and Ryan Jennings completed their long-standing dream of climbing Mt. Johnson's North Face. It was the climb of both of their lives.
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Working for It: Noah Howell Explores the Tushars
As the snowflakes finally fly, Noah Howell thinks back to last May when he was cursing the brush and ripping across corn. At the end of it all, he nominates his approach to Utah's Mount Baldy as the Worst Bushwhack Ever.
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Bouldering in Namibia: Nils Favre's Quest for Quality
Namibia has its share of wildlife and sand dunes, but, until recently, it remained lacking in quality bouldering problems. This year a Belgian-Swiss team arrived in the South African country, seeking a trip off the beaten path.
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Two Years of Skiing with Black Diamond Athlete Johnny Collin
Over the past two winters, Black Diamond athlete Johnny Collinson has skied his way through India, Bolivia, British Columbia and Alaska. With the help of Sherpas Cinema, he presents a compilation of the best moments from the last two seasons of powder, cliff hucks and big mountains.
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BD Athlete Brittany Griffith Bolts in Lebanon's Tannourine
Not too long ago, BD athlete Brittany Griffith couldn’t even locate Lebanon on a map. Now, along with Will Nazarian, Griffith is busy bolting an area that has the potential for 600 to 700 routes. “I got a real feel and appreciation for how much work goes into it,” Griffith says of the establishment process.
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Genyen Chapter 2: Thinking Outside the Box
Upon arrival in the Genyen massif, David Anderson and crew tried their luck on an unclimbed spire known as Sachun. From there, they marched along a faint yak trail to the foot of the unclimbed 18,000-foot Hutsa, a peak whose summit would prove elusive.
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BD Athlete Adam Ondra: A Year of Sends, on Rock and Plastic
What does it take to dominate every discipline the sport of climbing has come up with? In this film, we take a look at Adam Ondra's year, from sending some of the world's hardest routes to winning the championships of lead climbing and bouldering.
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Committed #1: Peter Metcalf
In the first of a new series of posts on conservation, creative environmental solutions and the commitment required to implement them, Black Diamond founder and CEO Peter Metcalf goes back to the beginning.
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Mission to the Genyen Massif—An Expedition to China
In the first of a series of reports from China by David Anderson and Szu-ting Yi, the perennial climbers/ travelers/adventurers share their plans, including attempting an unclimbed 18,000' peak, Hutsa.
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Fear and Reverence—BD Athlete Angel Collinson in AK
Filming with Teton Gravity Research in Alaska is a freeride skiers dream. With this season's film about to drop, Angel Collinson reports back on what goes on behind the epic shots.
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BD Athlete Roland Hemetzberger Sends 8c+ Zarathustra on Gear
Birdpeaks, stoppers, camalots...and two years of work. Here's what it takes to make a 5.14c first ascent without clipping the bolts.
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BD Athlete Joe Kinder Sends Maquina Muerte, 5.14+
Maquina Muerte is a climb in the Spanish style: steep, physical and requiring the explosive power of Dani Andrada. Joe Kinder finds just such a gem in Southern Utah.
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Mayan Smith-Gobat Finds The Place Of Happiness In Brazil
Black Diamond Athlete Mayan Smith-Gobat journeys to Brazil’s massive granite domes to attempt to the second ascent of a big-wall free route.
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Groups We Support: Mammoth Medical Missions
Black Diamond is proud to support Mammoth Medical Missions, a non-profit organization training and sending fast-response, minimalist medical teams to disaster areas, underserved populations and austere environments.
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A Question of Risk: Hazel Findlay
For episode 5 of our series of conversations on risk with some of the world's best climbers and skiers, we sat down with British climber and BD athlete Hazel Findlay.
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Chasin’ the Rubbish 3.0: Cleaning up the Forests of Font
This past spring, BD employees, athletes and climbers from all over Europe congregated in the famous forests and sandstone blocs of Fontainebleau, France, where over four days, they removed 300 kg of trash.
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BD athlete Brittany Griffith loves the Mountain Project App
Black Diamond athlete and perpetual road-tripper Brittany Griffith gives her two cents on the Mountain Project smartphone app, now available for free download with the support of Black Diamond.
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