Black Diamond 2010 Positive Mashup

Strong Q4 Results, Signs Sonnie Trotter and Adam Ondra, Launches Multi-Lingual Websites and Wins Gear of the Year in Outside China

(Salt Lake City, Utah) – Black Diamond Equipment Ltd., a global leader in the climbing and freeride ski markets, announces a slew of positive results—new hires, athlete team additions and notable performances, web initiatives, and recent product awards indicating continued strength and growth in early 2010.

“Early indicators in 2010 are encouraging,” comments Peter Metcalf Black Diamond CEO. “Sell through on our Power Series skis and boots—specifically the Justice ski and Factor boot in Q4 has been exceptional. We have new additions to our global athlete team bolstering an already strong line up. We are launching multi-lingual versions of our website and recently won Gear of the Year for the Octane Backpack from Outside Magazine China.”

Focusing on athletes, TJ Kolanko is the new Grassroots Marketing Coordinator handling events and sponsorships. Kolanko previously worked as the BD Sales and Dealer Service Manager and prior worked for Patagonia handling Pro Purchase and Grassroots Marketing. New to the global Black Diamond team are athletes Sonnie Trotter and Adam Ondra. Trotter is one of the top all-around climbers in the world today with a mindset for bold, extremely difficult, bolt-free trad lines. Ondra is the future of sport climbing. With a host of 5.14 onsights and 5.15 redpoints as well as a recent world's-first-ever V13 flash, the 17-year-old Ondra has accomplished more in the last four years than any other sport climber—ever.

At the recent Ouray Ice Festival, BD athletes Josh Wharton and Sam Elias took the top two spots in the Men's Difficulty Competition while Ines Papert, Dawn Glanc and Zoe Hart claimed the 1st, 3rd and 5th spots in Women's Difficulty. Meanwhile, the irrepressible Will Gadd raised awareness and over $15,000 for the dZi Foundation by climbing for 24 hours straight:

Online, Black Diamond launched multi-lingual and region-specific versions of for France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria and the United Kingdom. These sites will feature local blog content via The Journal, country-specific pricing and dealer referral, in addition to all content available in French, German and English. Visit

Looking ahead to spring, Black Diamond's Octane, part of the new pack series, nabbed Outside Magazine China's Gear of the Year award. Black Diamond is launching new Efficient Skis and Boots for F'10 carrying momentum from the success of their Power Series of AT and Telemark skis and boots in '09. More details on the Efficient Series can be gleaned from the BD microsite,

Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, Black Diamond Equipment Ltd. is an employee-owned manufacturer of equipment for rock climbing, alpinism and freeride skiing. By consistently building innovative, standard-setting products and actively preserving the mountain environment, Black Diamond has assumed a leadership role in the international outdoor community. For more information on Black Diamond visit