Black Diamond Equipment’s roots lie in the hand-forged climbing hardware of Yvon Chouinard, who started selling his gear from the trunk of his car in Yosemite Valley in 1957. Chouinard’s visionary equipment revolutionized the climbing world by raising performance standards while also leading the sport to new and sustainable ethics. You can now find us at the base of the Wasatch Mountains in Salt Lake City, Utah, where we are immersed in our passion for the outdoors: climbing, skiing and mountain pursuits. From day one our mission has been to be one with the sports we serve. And we accomplish this by using, designing and engineering innovative equipment that allows our tribe of climbers, backcountry skiers, trail runners and hikers to thrive in the mountains. That dedication begins with all of our employees, who combine passion with work to create the world’s best products for mountain enthusiasts. Because of that dedication we have continued to build equipment that transforms the way we pursue our sports; from the world’s first wire-gate carabiner, or the enduring Camalot camming device, to our JetForce airbag packs or our technical apparel designed specifically for the mountains. And our ethos remains the same: we will continue to remain completely indistinguishable from the sports we serve.