Black Diamond – Setting the Standard

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You’ve seen Black Diamond products on Adventure Survival Gear and you’ve seen them in the stores of outdoor retailers across the country, and even on-line distributers. But why are their products so in demand? Why does the brand have such a strong reputation amongst seasoned hikers and the like? Time to back-track and find out why. Known now as Black Diamond Equipment, the company’s history dates back to the late 1950s, when climber Yvon Chouinard began hand-forging pitons and selling them from the trunk of his car in Yosemite Valley, California. Chouinard’s pitons quickly gained a reputation for quality, and …