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Daily Gear Digest For September 29, 2023: Black Diamond’s Trad Collection

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Daily Gear Digest is our daily roundup of all the latest product announcements, drops and news from the Skyblue Gear Lab.

Each day, the Skyblue Gear Lab has new product releases and stories to tell. We gather them all together in our Daily Gear Digest, so you can stay informed of the latest gear news.

In Today’s Daily Gear Digest, you’ll find Black Diamond’s trad climbing collection. You won’t forget having the Camalots on your rack or protective layers draped over your back. These are must-haves for any experienced climber or adventurer.

Black Diamond’s Trad Sends and Favorites

It all began in 1957 with a hammer and anvil set up in a backyard where Black Diamond was crafting hand-forged pitons for the daunting climbers of Yosemite Valley. Then, during the 1970s’ clean climbing revolution, they used revolutionary ideas to redefine climbing gear. Now, that innovation is essential to any climber who dares to challenge the mountains. The Camalots (CAMALOT™ C4 $84.95to $239.95) on your rack are unforgettable as well as the protective layers draped over your back – Black Diamond’s trad climbing collection is a necessity for any experienced climber’s equipment.

Photo: Black Diamond.

Don’t let the stoke end there! Get geared up for send temps with trad favorites from Black Diamond. Pack up and hit the crag with the Creek 50 Pack and stay warm all season long with the new Alpine Start Insulated Hoody ($285)

Alpine Start Insulated Hoody. Photo: Black Diamond.

Nothing feels better in the fall than a good ol’ classic flannel. Enter: Black Diamond’s new Project Flannels. Featuring a brushed organic cotton that only gets softer with age, their Project Flannels are built for the climbing life.

Check out the full trad collection here.

Skyblue Featured Video: Connor Herson: Running it Out on Air Swedin (5.13 R)

Watch Connor Herson send Air Swedin (5.13R) in Black Diamond’s latest film. The young crusher has already put together an impressive ticklist of trad climbs at just 19 years old. In the film, watch Connor run it out as he sends the Indian Creek favorite.

Connor Herson closed the dog-eared Indian Creek guidebook he was reading from and gazed across the campfire with a grin. It was his first trip to Indian Creek—the mecca of single-pitch splitter cracks. At a mere 19 years of age, Connor had already amassed a lifetime ticklist of hard trad climbs, from a free ascent of the Nose (VI 5.14), an all-gear ascent of Empath (5.14d), to a recent summer sending spree of everything hard in Squamish (Cobra Crack, Crack of Destiny, the list goes on).

Connor climbing in Black Diamond’s new Project Flannels. Photo: Black Diamond.

Yet Connor, the California crack aficionado, had never visited the windgate fissures of Canyonlands. Until this past spring. Now, sitting around a campfire under the desert stars, perusing the guidebook and soaking up the history, lore, and beta for future days spent plugging cams on endless sandstone splitters, Connor was finally feeling what you can only feel on a chilly evening in the Creek.

And with that epic route description read aloud—complete with visions of Jordan-esque whippers should you blow it at the crux—Connor was easily enticed to rack up and go for the send on Air Swedin (5.13 R), one of Indian Creek’s finest outings.

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