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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.

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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Colette McInerney: Finding Like-Minded Souls at the Women’s
BD Athlete Colette McInerney shares her photos and experience from the second annual Women’s Climbing Festival.
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Alex Honnold’s Moonlight Buttress Playlist
In 2008, BD Athlete Alex Honnold free soloed the iconic, 9-pitch Moonlight Buttress (V 5.12+) in Zion National Park. Honnold danced up the crack climb in 83 minutes while rocking his top tunes on his ipod. We’ve recreated Honnold’s Moonlight playlist here. So boot up and press play!
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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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The Making Of: The Black Diamond Whippet
Since the mid 1990’s the Whippet has been an iconic tool for ski mountaineers. In the first of this series, we explore the genesis of the Whippet and talk with Ambassador Andrew McLean, the man behind the enduring design.
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Get Up to Get Down: 6 Skinning Tips From Pros That Know
BD Athletes Tobin Seagel, Kim Havell and Jordan White share their hard-earned tips for skinning efficiently in the backcountry.
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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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Hazel Findlay’s Mental Training Series: Part 2—Demystifying
BD Global Athlete Hazel Findlay talks to the flow guru in Part 2 of her Mental Training Series.
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Hang Right—Part 2: Elbow Pain in Climbers
In the second installment of their Hang Right series, Physical Therapists Esther Smith and Katey Blumenthal pinpoint the cause of nagging elbow pain in climbers and tell us what we can do about it.
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QC Lab: How Ice Screws Are Made
Check out this QC Lab with KP and the crew as they tour you through our factory floor and show you firsthand how we manufacture ice screws.
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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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Hazel Findlay’s Mental Training Series: Part 1—Let the Body
Black Diamond Global Athlete Hazel Findlay shares her mental training strategies in this part one of a three part series.
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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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Colette McInerney: Get Psyched on the Women's Climbing Festi
BD Ambassador Colette McInerney explains why you need to attend this year’s Women’s Climbing Festival.
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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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Yosemite Facelift: The Camp 4 Scrub
This fall, Black Diamond athletes and employees joined a record-breaking 750 people to participate in the 13th annual Yosemite Facelift, where we rapped for trash and gave the Camp 4 boulders a well-deserved scrub.
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Adam Ondra: School is Out and the Dawn Wall is Calling
Black Diamond Ambassador Adam Ondra admits that there’s one major hole in his climbing resume. “I’m a little ashamed that I haven’t been to Yosemite yet,” he told BD. But that’s about to change. Ondra rolled through our global headquarters in Salt Lake City on his way to the Valley and gave us the low-down on his Yosemite plans…
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Adam Ondra Preps for Yosemite in SLC
Black Diamond Ambassador Adam Ondra stopped through Salt Lake City on his way to Yosemite Valley to tour Black Diamond’s headquarters and crank on the local boulders.
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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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