I’m a pretty dang lazy person. I wear the exact same thing to work nearly every day, because it’s easy and I don’t have to think about it, plus bike commuting means I don’t want to get my nice things sweaty and dirty. I do laundry every other week, but also because doing laundry is expensive and I hate wasting quarters. I also like clothes that hide when I eat too many cookies, which is all the time. The Black Diamond Dawn Wall Hoody is perfect. The polyester stretch jersey is technical and casual all at once. Toss it on at work or at the crag; you won’t look out of place at either.
This past summer has been the summer of weekend road trips. Friday nights we were tossing our gear in the back of the car and driving for hours. I’m basically the best sleeping road trip partner you can possibly find, and I do it in comfort. The Black Diamond Dawn Wall Hoody was my best friend for those sloth-like hours and hours in the front seat.
I’m really good at destroying my pants while climbing. Cracks aren’t terribly forgiving. You can find me awkwardly humping the rock to top out more often than not. 99% of the time I find myself scooting on my butt on an approach or descent. Add in my slob factor and it’s basically a recipe for disaster when it comes to ever looking socially acceptable after climbing. The Black Diamond Creek Pants were the answer to my prayers.
I’m a fan of hard shells for every occasion: the basic multipitch jacket, that jacket you shove in the bottom of your pack for rainy occasions jacket, that jacket for snow sports. The Black Diamond Liquid Point Shell is a jacket that does a little bit of everything but excels at nothing.
I just arrived at Wye Creek, home to some of the best sport climbing near Queenstown, New Zealand. It’s about a 45 minute approach and a relentless uphill battle. We’re half way up to the crag and my climbing partners are now sweating like crazy, trying to grab a drink of water, a snack and some different pants because it’s kind of hot to finish the approach. The only problem? They have no idea where they packed the goods and they can’t see everything inside their bag. Out comes the rope, their harness, their rain shell and then finally, the snacks, at the bottom of the bag. For moments like these, the Black Diamond Demon Duffel is a lifesaver.