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Advocacy

From the beginning, making a difference on behalf of our fellow community of users has been a core part of Black Diamond. Today, we are more committed to those guiding principles than ever, protecting and preserving the recreation lands that we love so dearly by focusing on making our products, manufacturing processes, supply chain, facilities and marketing materials more sustainable and less impactful. Equally important to us is our continued outspoken advocacy, led by CEO and founder Peter Metcalf, for conservation and access causes—locally, regionally and globally—as well as philanthropic support to grassroots conservation and access-focused nonprofit groups.

To see our entire list of partners, visit the Groups We Support page.

Tobin Seagel: Protect Our Winters
BD Athlete Tobin Seagel believes we can turn climate change around. Here’s how.
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Copp-Dash Inspired: Whitney Clark’s Himalayan Exploration
Whitney Clark and Crystal Davis-Robbins won the Copp-Dash Inspire Award for their vision to explore 6,000-meter peaks of Kishtwar. This is their story.
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ROCK Project: Our Athletes are Committed and Here's Why
As this year’s ROCK Project tour comes to a successful close, our Athletes and Ambassadors explain why being involved in this movement is so important.
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Yosemite Facelift: The Camp 4 Scrub
This fall, Black Diamond athletes and employees joined a record-breaking 750 people to participate in the 13th annual Yosemite Facelift, where we rapped for trash and gave the Camp 4 boulders a well-deserved scrub.
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Copp-Dash Inspired: Craig Muderlak’s Alaskan Adventure
At Black Diamond, we’re passionate about empowering climbers to not only push their limits in the mountains, but to also share their stories of inspiration when they come home. That’s why we sponsor the Copp-Dash Inspire Award. Established in the memory of Jonny Copp and Micah Dash—two leading alpinists, BD brothers and storytellers who lost their lives in the mountains in 2009—the award is a way to keep their vision alive. Craig Muderlak, a filmmaker, artist and climber, won the 2016 Copp-Dash award to document a rowdy plan to put up first ascents in Alaska … but that was only half of the story. His team would also travel by homemade skis, burn ‘em to lose the weight and then pack raft back to civilization. This is his story, told with the help of artwork he created after his adventure.
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Yosemite Climber Stewards repair Medlicott trail
In desperate need of some love, the trail to Medlicott Dome got a full rebuild thanks to over 200 hours of work put in by 26 volunteers from the Yosemite Climber Stewards, NPS Rangers, YOSAR and the Access Fund.
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Climbing in Urban Rio de Janeiro
The story of Jonas Silva, one of the most dedicated students in a climbing school located in the largest slum of Rio de Janeiro
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The Action Fund: Taking Responsibility
Black Diamond Brand Advocate Tyler Wilcutt realized early in his climbing career that the hardware on many routes was not monitored by anyone but the members of the community who used it. And many of those users did not realize their own responsibility. So Tyler took it upon himself to replace old gear, starting the Action Fund.
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The Human Factor: Chapter Two
Despite hours of training and years of experience, it happens. Somewhere between digging pits and assessing terrain traps a lapse in good judgment occurs, and avalanches entrap even the most experienced skiers. And we are left asking, why? In the second chapter of a five-part series exploring five separate slides, the editors of Powder elucidate The Human Factor.
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The Human Factor: Chapter Three
Despite hours of training and years of experience, it happens. Somewhere between digging pits and assessing terrain traps a lapse in good judgment occurs, and avalanches entrap even the most experienced skiers. And we are left asking, why? In the third chapter of a five-part series exploring five separate slides, the editors of Powder elucidate The Human Factor.
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The Human Factor: Chapter Four
Despite hours of training and years of experience, it happens. Somewhere between digging pits and assessing terrain traps a lapse in good judgment occurs, and avalanches entrap even the most experienced skiers. And we are left asking, why? In the fourth chapter of a five-part series exploring five separate slides, the editors of Powder elucidate The Human Factor.
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The Human Factor: Chapter Five
Despite hours of training and years of experience, it happens. Somewhere between digging pits and assessing terrain traps a lapse in good judgment occurs, and avalanches entrap even the most experienced skiers. And we are left asking, why? In the fifth and final chapter of a series exploring five separate slides, the editors of Powder elucidate The Human Factor.
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Access PanAm and the Patagonia Waste Management Initiative
Black Diamond is proud to support the crucial work of Access PanAm in the development and execution of the pilot study for Patagonia Waste Management Initiative. This initiative is a multi-year project to develop a viable, long-term human waste solution in order to protect and preserve the environment of high-use basecamps and other areas of Argentina’s Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, Zona Norte—home to the famed massifs of Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy.
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Groups We Support: Mammoth Medical Missions
Black Diamond is proud to support Mammoth Medical Missions, a non-profit organization training and sending fast-response, minimalist medical teams to disaster areas, underserved populations and austere environments.
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WE SUPPORT: No More Homeless Pets in Utah
We take a large amount of pride in our history of outspoken advocacy for conservation and access causes, as well as in our support of conservation, education and recreation groups on the front lines.
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GROUPS WE SUPPORT: Utah Clean Energy
We take great pride in our history of outspoken advocacy for conservation and access causes (locally, regionally and globally), as well as in our efforts to support conservation, education and recreation groups that are on the front-lines of protecting and preserving the wild lands we love and depend on, and this ongoing series will serve to highlight and promote these important groups.
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A Question of Risk: Drew Hardesty
In the seventh installment to our video series on risk, Utah Avalanche Center Forecaster, Jenny Lake Climbing Ranger and skier Drew Hardesty talks risk and how the euphoria of powder can change your life.
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Committed #1: Peter Metcalf
In the first of a new series of posts on conservation, creative environmental solutions and the commitment required to implement them, Black Diamond founder and CEO Peter Metcalf goes back to the beginning.
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Committed #2: The ROCK Project
The Access Fund's Executive Director, Brady Robinson, dissects the changing face of conservation.
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Committed #3: Save Bouldering
As Europe's bouldering community grows, Christian Merlau is striving to provide education in order to preserve the fragile natural places boulderers impact.
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Committed #4: Our Public Lands
In a climate where the sanctity of America's public lands is increasingly threatened, The Trust for Public Land's CEO Will Rogers and Black Diamond's CEO and Founder Peter Metcalf muse on their connection to the public lands we cherish.
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Chasin’ the Rubbish 3.0: Cleaning up the Forests of Font
This past spring, BD employees, athletes and climbers from all over Europe congregated in the famous forests and sandstone blocs of Fontainebleau, France, where over four days, they removed 300 kg of trash.
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The Nosewipe: A Camp VI Cleanse
Camp VI on El Cap's Nose is notorious for being a trash repository. This fall, during the annual Yosemite Facelift, Black Diamond Athlete Sam Elias and employee Dave Campbell joined National Park Service members in an effort to clean up the trash pile that had, over many years, wedged itself into the camp's crack. They pulled out more than 150 pounds of trash, including a sardine can from the 70s, a perfectly usable belay seat and a pair of soiled underwear.
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Why Support Bears Ears?
The Bears Ears area of Southeastern Utah encompasses 1.9 million acres of unprotected archaeological and recreational sites—including the crack climbing of Indian Creek. Help protect this vast and vulnerable desert landscape before it’s too late.
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Black Diamond Athlete Summit: Project Siurana
In December 2015, a group of Black Diamond athletes and ambassadors traveled to Siurana, Spain, working with the local climbing community to clean up the crag. The group installed toilets, cleaned up trash, rebolted routes and, of course, went climbing. Global Athlete Hazel Findlay describes the experience.
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The ROCK Project: Sign The Pact
Building toward a series of events launching in Spring 2015, the Access Fund's ROCK Project kicks off with The Pact: a pledge to uphold good climbing ethics, protect the mountain environments where we climb and ensure continued access to the cliffs and crags we love. We invite you to join us, and sign The Pact.
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Black Diamond Turns Twenty-Five
We celebrate 25 years of forging our future together.
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WE SUPPORT: Utah Avalanche Center
We take a large amount of pride in our history of outspoken advocacy for conservation and access causes, as well as in our support of conservation, education and recreation groups on the front lines.
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WE SUPPORT: American Alpine Club
We take a large amount of pride in our history of outspoken advocacy for conservation and access causes, as well as in our support of conservation, education and recreation groups on the front lines.
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WE SUPPORT: American Mountain Guides Association
We take a large amount of pride in our history of outspoken advocacy for conservation and access causes, as well as in our support of conservation, education and recreation groups on the front lines.
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WE SUPPORT: Colorado Environmental Coalition
We take a large amount of pride in our history of outspoken advocacy for conservation and access causes, as well as in our support of conservation, education and recreation groups on the front lines.
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WE SUPPORT: The Conservation Alliance
We take a large amount of pride in our history of outspoken advocacy for conservation and access causes, as well as in our support of conservation, education and recreation groups on the front lines.
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WE SUPPORT: HERA Climb4Life
We take a large amount of pride in our history of outspoken advocacy for conservation and access causes, as well as in our support of conservation, education and recreation groups on the front lines.
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WE SUPPORT: Winter Wildlands Alliance
We take a large amount of pride in our history of outspoken advocacy for conservation and access causes, as well as in our support of conservation, education and recreation groups on the front lines.
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WE SUPPORT: Outdoor Outreach
We take a large amount of pride in our history of outspoken advocacy for conservation and access causes, as well as in our support of conservation, education and recreation groups on the front lines.
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