Black Diamond Presents: Dawn Patrol—Why We Rise

The alarm bell rings. It would be so easy to bail. You could hit the snooze and crawl back into the warmth of your bed and slip into another dream. But that fantasy ends as the aspiration of the morning’s reality slowly builds.

Your feet touch the cold floor, and the ritual begins. Coffee brews, gear is packed, and you step into the darkness. The cold catches your breath. You slide into the skin track and the world comes alive. We all have rituals that define who we are. At Black Diamond, the Dawn Patrol is ours. To live is to rise.

Two skiers out for a dawn patrol, skinning up the mountain in the early morning sun light wearing Black Diamond apparel.
A skier wearing the Black Diamond Dawn Patrol Hybrid shell.
A close up of the Black Diamond Women's Dawn Patrol Hybrid shell.
A split boarder traverses a rocky ridgeline wearing the Black Diamond  Dawn Patrol Hybrid pant.
Black Diamond athlete Mary McIntyre out for a ski tour on a sunny spring day wearing the women's Dawn Patrol Pants.

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A skier bootpacks by Black Diamond headlamp in the dark hours of the early morning.
A backcountry skier rounds the top of the mountain in the rising dawn sunlight.
Two backcountry skiers on a skin track in as the sun rises at dawn.
A party of backcountry skiers travel under the moon with their black diamond headlamps lighting the way.

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