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Throughout the decades, we’ve been at the forefront of revolutionary carabiner design here at Black Diamond Equipment—from Yvon Chouinard’s original ovals; to the climbing world’s first-ever wiregate, the HotWire; to the crossload-eliminating belay carabiner, the GridLock. Never satisfied with the status quo, we’re always striving to develop the next great carabiner design innovation, which has led us to our latest game-changing advancement: Magnetron Technology™. What’s so special about Magnetron Technology? One word: magnets. Yes, that’s right—locking carabiners that utilize magnets and not twistlocks or screwlocks on the gates. Available on select locking carabiners in July 2012, our patent-pending Magnetron Technology is so revolutionary we decided to share a...
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The 14th annual Kandersteg Ice Festival was a huge success in early January 2013, drawing hundreds of participants from all around Europe for three days of workshops, climbing, presentations and competitions. This video from the event does a great job of capturing the excitement and fun that makes Kandersteg such a fantastic community event.... [READ MORE]
In early December, BD employee Holly Merriman , along with several other BD employees, attended the 16 th annual Bozeman Ice Festival in Bozeman, Montana, a community celebration of ice climbing that has grown to draw climbers from all over the U.S. Below is Holly’s report from the event, as well as a collection of photos that capture the... [READ MORE]
In November, BD athlete Brittany Griffith , along with fellow BD team members Yuji Hirayama , Cedar Wright and Mike Dobie attended China’s first-ever trad climbing festival in Laojunshan National Park. Along with the quartet of BD athletes, a host of Black Diamond employees also attended, including CEO Peter Metcalf . The event was... [READ MORE]
Black Diamond Equipment’s founder and CEO, Peter Metcalf , has a corner office—the only proper corner office at BD. He moved into it when BD relocated from California in 1991, and over the past 20-plus years his corner office has become filled with an eclectic collection of historical documents, photos, awards, trivia and miscellany.... [READ MORE]
BD Sales Rep Matt Ginley reports from the third and final event of the 2012 Hound Ears Bouldering Competition at Horse Pens 40, Alabama
The third and final leg of the Triple Crown Bouldering Series happened in late November at the reknowned boulders of Alabama’s Horse Pens 40 and once again BD southeast sales rep Matt Ginley was on the scene representing and climbing. A privately owned “park”, HP40 is well-known for having Fontainbleau-esque slopers that draws... [READ MORE]