So I got BIG news, and BIGGER news, (which may not be either for some of you “internet enthusiasts”:)
I’ll start with the big news first, now that it’s “official” and everything, I’d like to announce with great pleasure that I’ll be climbing for Black Diamond Equipment from here on out. In France when these sorts of changes happen, they get covered by ‘International Press Releases’, and Joe Schmoe Francois would be sitting down tomorrow morning with his fresh baguette and reading about it in the French Newspaper (that is, if it hasn’t gone bankrupt yet). But here in the Great White North, of Canadia, we don’t have paper, or press, so we just crack open a cold beer, update our blogs, throw another log on the fire and call it a day.!!
As many of you know, previously I have been working with Petzl USA, since 2004, who will forever remain very close friends of mine, and who distribute some of the finest climbing gear on the market no doubt. But over the years my style and interest and climbing objectives have shifted, and I find myself relating more and more to BD, as a company in itself, and for all the gear they work so hard to make perfect. I’ve been using black diamond cams for well over 10 years, most notably the bigger sizes (because in 2005 and 2006 I got a set of small Aliens for free), but I’ve been known to borrow some .75’s here and there for some good ‘ol Indian Creek specials as well. I’m sorry, but there’s just no denying the smooth action and fierce holding power of the camalot.
I look very forward to the opportunity of using Black Diamond gear exclusively, and to try my hardest in breaking it if I can. Which means bigger falls, smaller gear, higher expectations. It’s going to be loads of fun. Thanks to everyone at BD for making me feel at home.
So the BIGGER news is that the highly respected, highly talented and highly entertaining superstar Adam Ondra, will also be joining the Black Diamond Global Team. This is exciting, hopefully with such great support and a greater network of climbers we will start to see what this wonder kid is actually capable of. Imagine if he tried something for more than 3 or 4 days? Imagine that. Remember how quickly and easily he did Action Direct, not to mention all the other standard setting F.A’s and repeats. 5.15d? Now what the hell would THAT look like even? I’m not sure I want to know, but I like to imagine that it’s possible.
Now lets go climbing. For more news on Black Diamond, check out their Journal. It’s SICKY dog.