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Injuries occur from time to time as much as we climb. It’s one of those risks we take. It can be a huge learning experience too and even makes you hungrier than before. Take a look at this video of my friend Edu Marin climbing an awesome route I added to St. Linya. Way to go man!

Hope everyone is stoked for the weekend.  I wish you a safe and productive time on your projects, climbing endeavors or whatever you have in your plans. It feels good to get this video out there and hopefully it inspires a few folks.  Putting up routes is one way I’m able to give back to a community that supports my lifestyle.  It’s also really fun!  Enjoy everyone… and always give it that last ditch effort because that just might be the ticket to success.  Yes.  Black Diamond

BD Athlete Joe Kinder Sends Maquina Muerte, 5.14+ from Black Diamond Equipment on Vimeo.

The Blue Mountains offered pretty much everything we were looking for.  Great weather, towns to chill in and lots of different cliffs.  We spent a whopping month there cyphering from different crags and projecting the inspiring lines.  I got close on a mega 8c called Tiger Cat, which is at the newest crag called Elphinestone.  I fell off the last move and then continually suffered from cuts and skin issues.  Goofy climber problems, but a reality.  The majority of the Blueys was spent climbing 5.13′s until we decided one day on a whim… to roll out and head back to the Grampians and the Arapiles.  Our rationale was based on the famous areas that Australia offers we were ready for them.


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  • Xavier Perry Linn - I could feel the suspense building as you adventured to your send of Punks.

    Awesome story Joe!

  • Joey Kinder - Thanks Xavier man… glad you enjoyed it. What a moment! One I will remember. Have fun out there.

Don’t miss this one guys… if you are in the Telluride area  or interested in making a trip out of it this could be great.

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Cliffhanging to Stargazing: Tools/Tricks to Elevate Your Outdoor Imagery Instructors: Ben Herndon Photo Editor: Julie Ellison – Climbing Magazine Dates: September 30, 2014 – October 2, 2014 Fee: $750 Signup:

Learn climbing AND night photography tricks and get free prAna gear during my three day clinic this October at the 2014 Telluride Photo Festival. Climber and prAna athlete Rannveig Aamodt will be posing for shots. Sign up before July 15 and you’ll receive a 20% discount and a free pass to the whole festival.

This workshop will cover a variety of entry level techniques/tricks to help enhance your adventure images, emphasizing climbing photography and basic rope ascension as well as an intro to off-camera lighting techniques for adventure lifestyle imagery (including tent and star photography). A prior familiarity with basic climbing safety is highly recommended and high level of familiarity with your camera’s controls. This course is not to be considered a substitute for comprehensive climbing instruction. Photo Editor, Julie Ellison will be sitting in on the last day’s session to review images during the workshops as well as portfolios.

Ben is a freelance photographer and writer based in the rugged Northwest. His work has been used by National Geographic Adventure, Climbing, Rock & Ice, Trailrunner, Lonely Planet, Red Bull Adventure, Adidas, Evolv, Mystery Ranch and Black Diamond Equipment, among others. In June 2012 Climbing Magazine selected him as one of the top 7 young climbing shooters in the world.

Week 1 Heading To Blue Mountains



Our first week climbing was a bit challenging as every day was spent in the rain. It felt great being in an entirely new country, but at the same time we were hiking to the cliffs in the rain, climbing in swampy clouds, and even having to drive through flooded roads. It was a bit of a rough intro. The one thing I have learned while on a trip is that there is no time to waste. If the conditions are better elsewhere and you are in a bad place… MOVE ON! We made the decision to head 10 hours north to the Sydney area and climb in the Blue Mountains.  Land of a million sport routes and easy access.

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