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Trip Reports

Weeklong road trips, months-long expeditions, weekend missions—whatever the length and wherever the destination, we here at Black Diamond love traveling. We love those cramped flights, sketchy buses, rickety trains, piece-of-shit rental cars and stubborn beasts of burden that help us carry our gear, because it means we're headed for an adventure. From Alaska to Algeria to Australia to Armenia, the world is full of endless opportunities for climbing, skiing, and exploration, and here in the Trip Reports section you’ll find stories of adventure from every corner of the globe.

BD Athletes Tear It Up In Spain
The BD crew has been ripping it up in Spain recently, and fellow teammate Joe Kinder dropped in to document the action.
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The Turns I Earned: Noah Howell and the Line He’ll Never For
BD Athlete Noah Howell remembers the backcountry ski run that stands out among the rest.
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Daila Ojeda: Her First Multi-Pitch Experience
Daila Ojeda has travelled the world for sport climbing Yet, until recently, she had never been more than two pitches off the ground … until she journeyed to Montserrat, Spain.
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Will Gadd: Adventures at the Michigan Ice Fest
When BD Athlete Will Gadd says there’s more high quality, natural ice in Michigan’s wild Upper Peninsula than any other state he’s ever visited … it’s time to take notice.
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Seb Bouin: The Silent Crusher
BD Ambassador Seb Bouin climbs 5.15 on the regular, even when he’s injured … so why haven’t you heard of him?
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Daniel Jung: Visiting Chulilla—Spain’s New Climbing Hotspot
BD Global Athlete Daniel Jung takes a trip to Chulilla, Spain, to sample what many people believe to be the best limestone in the world.
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Tobin Seagel: A Return to Climbing
BD Athlete and big mountain skier Tobin Seagel rekindles his love for climbing after a 10-year hiatus and realizes the two sports have something in common that he still loves.
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Babsi Zangerl: Summertime Sends in the Alps
This past summer, Black Diamond Global Athlete Babsi Zangerl went on a sending spree in the Alps, polishing off testpieces in the Dolomites and the Rätikon.
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Tobin Seagel: Protect Our Winters
BD Athlete Tobin Seagel believes we can turn climate change around. Here’s how.
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Johnny Collinson: The Sickle
Johnny Collinson is a sucker for adventure. So when Sherpas Cinema pitched him the idea of skiing a gnarly, 2000-foot line in the Canadian Rockies, Collinson was all in.
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Jordan White: Skiing Alaska’s Thunder Mountain
Black Diamond Athlete Jordan White loves Alaska. It’s his chance to unplug and get away from work, ski lifts and a busy life. In Alaska, White’s only work is putting one foot in front of the other while his skins serve as the area’s ski lifts. This spring, he and a crew headed back to “the last frontier” with an eye on a prime line. And as usual, Alaska did not disappoint.
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Antte Lauhamaa: Discovering Norway’s Hidden Ski Paradise
Black Diamond Ambassador Antte Lauhamaa went hunting for powder on Norway’s rugged coastline. What he found is an island he thinks will be a Norway’s new premier ski destination.
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Copp-Dash Inspired: Whitney Clark’s Himalayan Exploration
Whitney Clark and Crystal Davis-Robbins won the Copp-Dash Inspire Award for their vision to explore 6,000-meter peaks of Kishtwar. This is their story.
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Tobin Seagel: Chasing Dreams in the Monashee Mountains
BD Ambassador Tobin Seagel recently spent four days in the BC backcountry with a crew he thought he had nothing in common with … until they all skied some “unifying” powder.
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Sending the World's Hardest Ice Climb
BD Ambassadors Tim Emmett and Klemen Premrl take you on a wild ride to the top of the world’s first WI 12 ice climb.
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Pavel Blažek: Behind the Scenes on the Dawn Wall
Every rock star needs a sideman, and every great climber needs a solid belayer. Pavel Blažek, the man who held Adam Ondra’s ropes on the Dawn Wall, gives us an inside look at belaying on the world’s hardest big wall.
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Thomas Gaisbacher: Skiing and Guiding in the Wild Yukon
When Sherpas Cinema wants to film the raddest skiers and snowboarders ripping in the remote Yukon, they hire Black Diamond Ambassador Thomas Gaisbacher as their head guide. For three weeks in April, a crew of shredders pillaged powder under the watchful eye of Gaisbacher, who kept everyone out of harm's way … oh, and he also squeezed in a few epic runs too.
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Jordan White: Finding the First Turns of Winter
Black Diamond Ambassador Jordan White explains why the old phrase, “you don’t know ‘til you go,” is everything when it comes to early season ski touring.
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ROCK Project: Our Athletes are Committed and Here's Why
As this year’s ROCK Project tour comes to a successful close, our Athletes and Ambassadors explain why being involved in this movement is so important.
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Jordan White: Skiing the 13ers of Colorado's Elk Mountains
Black Diamond Ambassador Jordan White has climbed and skied every 14er in Colorado. Now he’s set his sights on the rugged 13ers in the Elk Mountains.
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Adam Ondra: Dispatches from Yosemite
Tune in here for exclusive Yosemite updates from BD Ambassador Adam Ondra.
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Babsi Zangerl: Surprise Send in the Verdon
Black Diamond Global Athlete Babsi Zangerl dispatches Golden Shower (5.14a), one of the hardest multi-pitches in the famed Verdon Gorge.
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Copp-Dash Inspired: Craig Muderlak’s Alaskan Adventure
At Black Diamond, we’re passionate about empowering climbers to not only push their limits in the mountains, but to also share their stories of inspiration when they come home. That’s why we sponsor the Copp-Dash Inspire Award. Established in the memory of Jonny Copp and Micah Dash—two leading alpinists, BD brothers and storytellers who lost their lives in the mountains in 2009—the award is a way to keep their vision alive. Craig Muderlak, a filmmaker, artist and climber, won the 2016 Copp-Dash award to document a rowdy plan to put up first ascents in Alaska … but that was only half of the story. His team would also travel by homemade skis, burn ‘em to lose the weight and then pack raft back to civilization. This is his story, told with the help of artwork he created after his adventure.
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Chris Schulte: Back to Trad
Black Diamond Ambassador Chris Schulte has spent a lot of time bouldering in Indian Creek over the past few years. He always knew he would come back around to trad climbing, but didn't expect it to happen through bouldering. With a homecoming-kind-of-feeling, Chris comes back around to trad climbing in the Creek, putting up new hard lines for the first time in 15 years.
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Bhagirathi III: Extreme Alpinism in the Garhwal Himalayas
This summer, Black Diamond Ambassador Corrado “Korra” Pesce threw down on the remote alpine big-wall of Bhagirathi III in the Indian Himalayas. Pesce’s team endured storms, sub-zero temps and heady climbing for five days before walking away with the fourth and fastest ascent of Estrella Impossible.
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Will Cardamone samples Japan with PowderWhore Productions
Black Diamond Athlete Will Cardamone joins Jay Beyer, Dan Abrams, Megan Michelson, Eric Balken, and Jonah Howell of PowderWhore Productions for two weeks of legendary powder in Niseko and Fursno, Japan.
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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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The Movie Screen Project
For the first time, BD employee Tyler Willcutt attempts a project outside of where he’s living, inspired by The Movie Screen Project in Summersville Lake. He learns how a single route and even a single move can make you feel obsessed and leave you wanting more.
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The Window
The essence of climbing in Patagonia isn’t the waiting or the weather. It’s the Window—a fleeting snippet of perfect conditions that allows for some of the most high-quality alpine climbing on the planet.
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Sonnie Trotter: The Prow Wall
Black Diamond Ambassador Sonnie Trotter’s climbing career is full of impressive first free ascents throughout his homeland of Canada. Earlier this year, he freed one of his proudest: The Prow Wall, a 200-meter shield of smooth granite on Squamish’s Stawamus Chief. The story behind the eventual free ascent was 20 years in the making and here, Sonnie shares the moments and people that were part of the experience.
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Sam Elias makes first ascent of American Hustle (5.14b)
Full-time climber and part-time philosopher—Sam talks about the process of putting up a hard first ascent on one of the world's most beautiful sport crags.
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Patagonian Dispatch: The Power of Empanadas
Probars? Energy chews? Gels? Nah. In this dispatch from Patagonia, Black Diamond Content Editor Andy Anderson reports on the breakfast of champions for the austral summer climbing season. 
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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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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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BD Athlete Nalle Hukkataival goes big in Vegas
On a frigid trip to Red Rocks, outside Las Vegas, Nevada, Nalle Hukkataival put up new problems and repeated a long list of hard test-pieces including the second ascent of the highball Shining Path (V12).
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