Black Diamond is an outdoor company with roots going back To 1957 when Yvon Chouinard forged pitons by hand and sold them to California climbers. In 1989, Chouinard Equipment was purchased by a group that renamed the company Black Diamond Equipment.
Focused on climbing and skiing, the company is dedicated to equipping adventurers on rock, ice, and snow.
Today, Black Diamond sells apparel, backpacks, shelters, skis, ski boots and bindings, ropes, headlamps, and other outdoor gear around the world. The company employs more than 500 people, headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, with offices in Europe and Asia. Black Diamond Equipment is a publicly traded company that is part of the Clarus Corporation, which also owns Pieps and Sierra Bullets.
Longtime Black Diamond President Peter Metcalf is among a group of outdoor industry leaders who advocate strongly for the preservation of public lands in Utah and elsewhere. John Wallbrecht became Black Diamond's president in 2016.
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