From the steep cliffs of Rifle in Colorado to the forests of Fontainebleau, France, BDTV travels the world to find these characters and document the joys, fears, decisions and sacrifices that go into living the life of a committed climber. Featuring award-winning cinematography, each film is accompanied by images from renowned photographers.
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Photography: Mattias Fredriksson, Thomas Senf & Andy Mann
Filmed in the mountains of Italy, Colorado and France, the spring edition of BDTV focuses on three stories of quiet heroes who live and breathe for climbing. For each of them, their sport is about more than getting to the top. It’s about lifelong goals, alpine starts, family traditions and building a life around their unending love for the simple act of moving across rock.
SHARING THE LINE
Coming April 12, 2016
For Black Diamond Global Athlete Babsi Zangerl, climbing the intimidating Bellavista, one of the hardest alpine multi-pitches in the world at 8c, wasn't about conquering the route’s huge roof. As Babsi quested upwards, trusting rusty pitons and terrible rock, she and her partner, Ambassador Jacopo Larcher, depended totally upon each other. “The most important thing is not standing on the summit…probably the most important thing for me is to share these experiences with somebody."
THE WIDTH OF LIFE
Coming May 3, 2016
Climber and author Dave Pegg was a fixture in his climbing community of Rifle, Colorado, a man remembered for what he gave to others. With his passing, many of his projects were left unfinished, some of them still partially bolted dreams. Now, Black Diamond Ambassador Dan Mirsky returns to the Western Slope, learning how to bolt and clean, hoping to finish and climb a striking line, paying homage to the man who lived a life of width.
THE MASTER OF MOVES
Coming May 24, 2016
In the forests of Fontainebleau, the boulders hold some of the most astounding shapes in the world, inspiration to artists and climbers alike. World Cup route setter Jacky Godoffe has been climbing there for decades, and his routes are drawn from the motion of Font. For Jacky, this expression, and sharing it with others, is his happiness.
THE BDTV FILM TOUR
Join us for free beer, food and the premiere of the first season of BDTV. At each stop of the BDTV Film Tour, we'll screen the next three episodes of BDTV, host a slideshow by a Black Diamond athlete and hold a raffle for Black Diamond gear and apparel.
April 14, 2016 – Black Diamond Store: Salt Lake City, UT
April 16, 2016 – Calgary Climbing Centre: Calgary, AB
April 21, 2016 – Outdoor Gear Exchange: Burlington, VT
April 21, 2016 – Wilderness Exchange: Denver, CO
April 28, 2016 – Neptune Mountaineering: Boulder, CO
May 3, 2016 – Austin Bouldering Project: Austin, TX
May 5, 2016 – Rock/Creek Outfitters: Chattanooga, TN
May 12, 2016 – Feathered Friends: Seattle, WA
May 12, 2016 – Momentum Indoor Climbing Lehi: Lehi, UT
May 28, 2016 – Summit Hut: Tucson, AZ
14 April 2016 — Balmelli: Lugano (CH)
20 April 2016 — Bächli: Zurich (CH)
21 April 2016 — Bächli: Basel (CH)
22 April 2016 — O'block: Bern (CH)
26 April 2016 — Addnature: Sthlm (SE)
26 April 2016 — Terre de Montagne: Ville-la-Grand (FR)
27 April 2016 — Sportsnett: Oslo (NO)
27 April 2016 — Expé: Lyon at L'ESCALE (FR)
28 April 2016 — Vertic Outdoor: Barcelona (ES)
12 June 2016 — On Sight: Stams (AT)
9 July 2016 — Naturzeit: Ludwigsburg (DE)