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Their Story

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.

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. Today, you can find us at the base of the Wasatch Mountains in Salt Lake City, Utah, where we are immersed in our commitment to designing and engineering the most innovative mountain equipment in the world.

You can’t tell the history of climbing and mountain sports without telling the history of Black Diamond.

Black Diamond was born from Chouinard Equipment and 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, changed the name to Black Diamond and moved to Salt Lake City, to be at the base of the Wasatch mountains.

Their Culture

Our passion for innovation transforms the way we pursue mountain sports—a heritage that 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 - Why We Rise

Black Diamond Lifestyle



Perched on a portaledge, cooking in camp or stretching the limits of the daylight hours, BD’s reliable headlamps and lanterns are essential tools for any outdoor pursuit.

Climbing Gear

From the local boulders to remote alpine faces, our cutting-edge climbing equipment is designed and built for the send across the full spectrum of climbing pursuits.


Men's clothing for outdoor adventures!

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