Yvon Chouinard pounded his first hand-forged pitons out in 1957, and it was then that Chouinard Equipment, later to become Black Diamond, was born. Chouinard is responsible for an extraordinary amount of inventions, from the Chouinard Karabiner to Lost Arrows, Bongs, RURP’s and of course the legendary double axle cam, the Camalot. His equipment helped to push the boundaries of Big Wall climbing and climbing in general. Today Black Diamond still continues to innovate and invent most recently with the Ultralight version of the Camalot.
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