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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.

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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The Diary of a First Ascent: Chapter II
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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A Question of Determination: The Gender Gap
In Argentina, the mountains' close proximity does not always mean easy access, especially for women. Brigid Mander explores the cultural factors that affect the female faction of Argentina's greatest skiers.
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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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