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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.

Chris Schulte: Indian Creek and an Expanding Sport
"We can build gyms anywhere," Black Diamond Ambassador Chris Schulte says. "We can’t make another Indian Creek or Yosemite or Fontainebleau."
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Bootcamp: Joe Kinder
Global Athlete Joe Kinder had never really trained before. But after nearly 19 years of climbing, he was ready to make a real commitment to improving at the highest level.
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Bootcamp: Sam Elias
Black Diamond Ambassador Sam Elias had hit a plateau in his climbing. So along with athletes Joe Kinder and Dan Mirsky, he committed to a training program that would, hopefully, help him overcome. This is his story.
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Bootcamp: Dan Mirsky
Black Diamond Ambassador Dan Mirsky, along with fellow athletes Sam Elias and Joe Kinder, completed a three-month training program that ended up changing the way he climbed. This is his story.
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Project: Bootcamp
In June 2015, Black Diamond Athletes Sam Elias, Joe Kinder and Dan Mirsky committed to improve their climbing through an intense three-month training program. This is their story.
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Why We #liveclimbrepeat
We are alive in the mountains. Climbing shapes our bodies, our minds and our deepest friendships, and the mountains are a crucible in which we make the most meaningful moments of our lives. Because of this, we are relentless advocates for the wild places where we #liveclimbrepeat.
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Will Gadd: Return to Send
Black Diamond Ambassador Will Gadd has been mixed climbing for more than two decades. Now, he returns to two of his old mixed lines, musing on the evolution of the game and its grades.
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Hazel Findlay Does Australia
Black Diamond Ambassador Cedar Wright follows Global Athlete Hazel Findlay's exploration in Australia as she quests to take down Final Departure.
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Getting Squamished: A Primer
Squamish encompasses a lot of things: For Ambassador Colette McInerney it was a good venue to get more versed in plugging pro, and for Ambassador Whitney Boland, its fickle weather forced a lesson in patience.
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Patagonia Magic
After a slow start to his weeks-long trip to Patagonia, Black Diamond Ambassador Korra Pesce, along with four partners, completed the long-sought second ascent of Psycho Vertical (950m 6b A3 M8, 90° ice) on Torre Egger.
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Black Diamond Athlete Summit: Project Siurana
In December 2015, a group of Black Diamond athletes and ambassadors traveled to Siurana, Spain, working with the local climbing community to clean up the crag. The group installed toilets, cleaned up trash, rebolted routes and, of course, went climbing. Global Athlete Hazel Findlay describes the experience.
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Skiing in Northern Europe: An Insider's How-To
Black Diamond Ambassador Antte Lauhamaa views skiing as a means of self expression, and the unique experiences of skiing in northern Europe have shaped him as a ski mountaineer.
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Josh Wharton: Fatherhood and Alpinism
Black Diamond Ambassador Josh Wharton has long pushed the limits in alpinism, and after the birth of his daughter, Hera, he continues to do so. But many ask him how being a new father has changed his approach.
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Roland Hemetzberger: Madness in Madagascar
After seeing images of the towering walls of Madagascar in a book years ago, Black Diamond Ambassador Roland Hemetzberger knew that he had to visit the island. This year, his dream finally came true.
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The Salathe Sweep: House Cleaning on El Cap
For the second year running, Black Diamond athletes and employees teamed up with Yosemite NPS employees to clean house on the vertical walls of the Valley. As ambassador Tommy Caldwell puts it, "It's like cleaning out my basement."
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Johnny Collinson: The Early Season Fever
Black Diamond Ambassador Johnny Collinson is just as excited as the next guy to shred this winter’s pow. But in the early season, his stoke is tempered by the same caution he has on the season's deepest days.
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Babsi Zangerl: Fighting El Niño
This year, Black Diamond Athlete Babsi Zangerl traveled to the Valley for the second time, having been shut down five years prior. Now with half a decade of new experience under her belt, and along with Ambassador Jacopo Larcher, she sent the 30-pitch El Niño (VI 5.13c), but not without a struggle.
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QC LAB: FULL STRENGTH HAUL LOOPS
This month KP and the crew tackle a question that is often heard at the base of the crag. What does full strength really mean?
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Ice Training: How to Build a Plice
As the ice season approaches, Black Diamond Ambassador Will Gadd offers advice for building a Plice, a.k.a plywood ice.
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Nik Berry: Inspiration in Lone Peak Cirque
Black Diamond Ambassador Nik Berry was first inspired by a thin seam on Lone Peak's Question Mark Wall in 2010. Now, five years later, the line has inspired him to grow as a climber.
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Daila Ojeda: Finding Community in France
Black Diamond Global Athlete Daila Ojeda recently moved to France, a move that has forced her to learn a new language, culture and climbs. But one thing she has found remains constant: The language of the love for climbing.
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Finally, I Climbed a Mountain
Black Diamond Global Athlete Hazel Findlay's recent shoulder surgery forces her to reevaluate where she can find happiness.
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BDTV Episode One: One Seven Eight
Forging a Balance
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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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