Black Diamond Outdoor Gear – 5-start Safety Ratings

Black Diamond's climbing equipment is among the best in the world.  Certainly, the BD Quality Assurance team does one of the best jobs in the business.  I've seen, first-hand, how this company produces and tests their climbing harnesses, carabiners, slings, webbing, etc. and it's definitely over-tested and guaranteed to the highest and most rigorous international QA standards.

Black Diamond’s climbing equipment is among the best in the world. Certainly, the BD Quality Assurance team has one of the strongest reputations in the climbing industry. I’ve seen, first-hand, how this company produces and tests their climbing harnesses, carabiners, slings, webbing, etc. and they definitely do their job by over-testing and guaranteeing gear to THE international QA standards.

IMG_2391The map above shoes the distribution of Black Diamond Equipment.  I can only hope to imagine how many more path-lines will be added to this poster in the future.  The more pathlines – the more climbing!  What a symbiotic relationship this company holds with this rock climbing industry.  I hope to see more progress and climbing development in Africa, South America.  And even though this map is a little deceptive, I know there is never enough climbing in this world.  Even in the USA the potential is still unlimited.  People just have to get out there in the wilderness and explore for more boulders…. easier said then done.  I’ve only helped establish a few bouldering and sport climbing lines.  Making the first accent of a climb is never a task to be taken lightly.  Climbing can be dirty, painful, exhausting, etc.  – it’s only a matter of whether it’s worth it to you.

Black Diamond Equipment - Quality Assurance Headquarters - SLC, Utah

Black Diamond Equipment – Quality Assurance Headquarters – SLC, Utah

Testing gear is super important.  Don’t ever trust equipment completely.  Always pay attention and awareness.  Most importantly, pay attention to your climbing partner, at either end of the rope.

Most climbing accidents occur because of human error.  Please take care because life is too precious.

Black Diamond Testing gear at Black Diamond in Salt Lake City, Utah.  They even test ice axes, like the one above, by hammering it 100s of times in repeated batched, BY HAND! It’s why they have interns!

Black Diamond Gear Test

Black Diamond Gear Test

The machine above destroyed all the C4 camelots below.  What a monster!

Well, it's pretty sad when your job is to 'test' i.e. destroy expensive climbing gear.  In 2007, when I just about started climbing, I had the privilege to work at BD in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Well, it’s pretty sad when your job is to ‘test’ i.e. destroy expensive climbing gear. In 2007, when I just about started climbing, I had the privilege of working at BD in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Testing a BD 'wiregate' carabiner
It’s exciting to point out the Black Diamond is getting pretty serious about the whole skiing industry.  Their new skis are top of the line, using completely new designs and different inventions than previous ski companies. 
Black Diamond Skis, China.

Black Diamond Skis, China.