Black Diamond

We’re committed to designing and engineering the most innovative mountain equipment in the world

Here at Black Diamond, it’s all about mountain sports. We share the same experiences that you do on rock, ice, and snow. And these experiences push us to make the best equipment and apparel possible for our worldwide community.

Our passion for innovation transforms the way we pursue mountain sports. Our heritage began with a backyard anvil and hammer and continues today, hitting milestones along the way with revolutionary equipment such as the world’s first wire gate carabiner, or our cornerstone Camalots.

Black Diamond was born from Chouinard Equipment. It was a natural continuation of the passion and ethos that Yvon Chouinard and his friends started in 1965. Peter Metcalf and the employees of Chouinard Equipment took over in 1989. They changed the name to Black Diamond and moved to Salt Lake City, to be at the base of the Wasatch mountains. Black Diamond can be bold in our assertion that we have created and continue to create mountain sports.

Black Diamond’s Clean Climbing

In 1972 Yvon and Tom Frost released the now-famous Clean Climbing Manifesto in the Chouinard Equipment catalog. At the time, climbing had moved toward fixed bolts and pitons. Crags around the world were becoming littered with fixed protection and pitons, which permanently scarred and altered the rock. As the popularity of climbing increased, this method started to pose a threat for the natural beauty and state of climbing areas all over the world.

Chouinard and Frost declared a new ethic—Clean Climbing. Any climbing protection should be removable and not damage the rock. At the time, pitons were 70% of Chouinard’s sales and yet they were telling the climbing world to stop using them. This ethos has given birth to many innovative pieces of equipment throughout our history, reaching a crescendo with Ultralight Camalots and Z4 Camalots. It still exists today across all mountain sports at Black Diamond.

At our core, we are a company of users. That’s who we are. Because of this, the creation of Black Diamond is a process that will never end.

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