As of this week BD Athlete @handsomerobinson co-holds the record for the longest highline walked in the United States! 888 meters/2,900 feet long, 700 feet down! Congrats Ryan!!
Before BD Athlete @adam.ondra showed up, the hardest onsight in Smith Rock, OR was 8a+/5.13c. But last week, he went on a tear and that is no longer the case. His onsight tick list: Just Do It (8c+/5.14c), which he also repeated the following day, Bad Man (8b+/5.14a), Scarface (8b+/5.14a), and White Wedding (8b+/5.14a). He also did Assasin (9a/5.14d) second try. Just wow. ⠀
#liveclimbrepeat Photos: @bernardo_gimenez
Introducing the latest evolution in avalanche airbag technology: the Black Diamond JetForce Tour 26L Airbag Pack. The JetForce Tour uses the new Alpine E1 Airbag system which is electronically powered by cutting-edge supercapacitors. See the features and learn more, link in profile. ⠀
BD Athlete @anttelauhamaa loves two things: adventure and skiing. That’s why he chose to go on an epic dog-sledding, couloir hunting expedition to the remote mountains of northern Sweden. Check out the video documenting Lauhamaa’s journey into the Arctic, link in profile.⠀
Spinal Twist (V13) in Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT. It was cold, around 35° with a dusting of snow, but BD Athlete @adam.ondra found this problem only goes wearing shorts... #liveclimbrepeat
There are people that climb in the desert and then there are desert climbers. BD Ambassador @jackson_marvell is the latter. Here, he is working the moves on a route in the Moab area. The rock crumbles beneath his feet, sand pours down his throat and into his eyes, and there is always a question in the back of your mind about whether the rock around the gear he relies on for protection will hold or fracture in a fall... but that’s desert climbing.
Huge congrats and much respect to BD Athlete @carlodenali for getting the long-awaited second ascent of Meltdown (5.14c) in Yosemite! From sorting the beta on miserably bad, slippery footholds, to rallying support for freezing knee-deep ice water belays, to going to battle with weather conditions over multiple seasons, we’re so proud of you for seeing this through. Nice work Carlo!!⠀
Two years ago, BD Athlete @tobinseagel set off the biggest avalanche he'd ever seen. The crown was over six meters deep, and the slide ran almost a thousand meters to the glacier below. He wasn’t sure he’d ever want to ski that peak again. This is the story of getting back to the line, and overcoming mental barriers and setbacks from injury. See the full video, link in profile.⠀
To help bring even more winter stoke, we’re going to give away some of Tobin’s essential ski gear pieces. Follow @tobinseagel and @blackdiamond_snow, tag your ski buddies here and you’ll be entered to win a Recon Ski Shell, Razor Carbon Ski Poles or a pair of Boundary Pro Skis. You have three days to enter! We will be drawing three winners on November 9. The more friends you tag the more chances you have to win. ⠀
It was a quick read for BD Athlete @adam.ondra on Book of Hate 5.13d (8b), his first day back in Yosemite this season. After an almost onsight, he sent it second go just before darkness. Congrats Adam! We can't wait to see how the rest of your trip goes...⠀
Tying in with a rope is the most sacred act of climbing. Period. The holy matrimony of all climbers and belayers relies solely on that simple act of threading the rope through your climbing harness and tying the knot. As a climber, your life depends on it.⠀
With that, should you tie in bottoms-up or top-down? That’s the question for this Gear Myths, which explores the different methods of threading a rope through your harness and attempts to discover if one way is safer than the other.⠀
Read our newest Gear Myths article, link in profile.⠀
Photos: @christian_adam_, @wasatchandy, @willsaundersphoto