Black Diamond is all about climbing & skiing. Their roots go back to Yvon Chouinard, who, in 1957, bought a hammer & anvil and started making pitons by hand.
To support his climbing, Yvon travelled to Yosemite and sold gear from the back of his car. His intelligent designs were some of the best available and, eventually, in 1989, Black Diamond was born.
Their innovative gear designs have continued to set standards - partly the result of dedication, desire & diligence on their part and also the result of each of them being climbers & skiers themselves.