Black Diamond's origins are found way back in Yosemite National park, California where a young Yvon Chouinard started selling his hand made pitons and pegs to the climbers in the valley. Very soon Chouinard Equipment came into being. In 1989 Choiunard became Black Diamond after an employee buy out and soon moved to their now famous head quarters in Salt Lake City, Utah to be better placed for the clmbing and sking.

Today Black Diamond are a global brand with bases in Europe and Asia as well as the USA and are still at the leading edge of designing and developing the worlds best outdoor hardware. This is because at their heart they are still run by people committed to the outdoors and their sports.