Black Diamond athletes and new product earn top honors for 2011

Posted By: The Ski Channel on April 20, 2011 11:15 am

Black Diamond Equipment, a leading global climbing and freeride ski brand, announces a slew of positive results, including accomplishments by several BD athletes and recent product awards indicating continued strength and growth in early 2011.

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Most notably, Black Diamond ski athletes Samuel Anthamatten and Angel Collinson claimed second overall finishes at this winter’s Freeride World Tour. Collinson also won the Subaru Freeskiing World Tour for the second straight year.

“Our athlete accomplishments so far in 2011 are very impressive,” comments TJ Kolanko, Black Diamond’s Grassroots Marketing Coordinator. “We are very proud to have both Angel Collinson and Samuel Anthamatten on the BD Team. They are inspirational and we salute their commitment to their sports and lifestyle.”

Black Diamond climbing athletes Colin Haley, Kyle Dempster and Nicolas Favresse were selected as nominees for the sport of climbing’s most prestigious honor, the 19th Piolet D’Or. Haley completed a successful ascent of the South East Face of Mount Foraker, Alaska. Dempster completed the first ascent of the East Face of Mount Edgar and Nicolas Favresse completed 9 new routes on some of Greenland’s most sought after big walls. Other 2011 climbing achievements from the BD team include Raphael Slawinski’s first ascent of The Peach (WI 5 M8), a multipitch, bolt-free mixed line in the Canadian Rockies and Adam Ondra’s onsight of Mind Control (8c+), in Oliana, Spain.

Looking ahead to spring 2011 product news, Black Diamond’s Ultra Distance trekking pole was honored as a recipient of a 2011 Backpacker magazine Editors’ Choice Award, Gear of the Year by National Geographic Adventure and Outside Magazine China’s Gear of the Year award. The awards are given annually to products in recognition of their outstanding innovation in design, materials and/or performance.

“Three big awards for the Ultra Distance Z-Poles is incredible,” says Thomas Laakso, Black Diamond’s Ski Category Director. “Our experience with trekking pole design truly gave us a unique perspective from which we approached the new Z-Pole Series. We started from scratch with our goal being to develop the ultimate in lightweight, folding pole technology, optimized specifically for thru-hikers, endurance runners or fast packers. It is very rewarding to receive these accolades for our Ultra Distance trekking poles.”

The new Ultra Distance trekking poles are from Black Diamond’s Z-Pole Series, a completely new category of folding, superlight trekking poles. The Ultra Distance Z-Poles are the ultimate pole for fast packing, trail running, athletic day hikes or any pursuit where low weight and compact carry are paramount. The Ultra Distance Z-Poles retail for $149.95, weigh in at only 9.5 oz per pair and will be available at specialty retailers this spring.