Gold Sponsor Black Diamond Bucks Up- Increases Demo Kit and Sends Bubba!

For years Black Diamond has been very generous by sending huge amounts of demo gear so that participants can test out the latest and greatest ice climbing gear.  BD, like our other Gold Sponsors, has sent amazing athletes to our event  ensuring that we get the highest quality instructors, and are entertained in the evening with inspiring stories of climbing around the world.   This year BD  graciously sent Barry “Bubba” Blanchard.

Barry Blanchard is known world wide as the modern father of Canadian alpine mountaineering and hard ice climbs. Recent additions to his backyard are M16 on Howse Peak and his long awaited ascent of Infinite Patience on the Emperor face of Mt. Robson.

Barry has traveled around the world in search of Alpine adventure, these travels have include new routes on the North face of the Droites, in Chamonix, and two successful Everest expeditions. Most impressive was his bold Alpine style attempt of the massive Rupal Face of Nanga Parbat; the team came very close to summiting before having to turn around due to stormy weather. An epic descent followed including the accidental throwing away of the ropes and the lucky discovery of some new ones! Barry is an internationally certified UIAGM guide and frequently works as a safety coordinator for Hollywood.

We also took a sneak peak to see what was in  the BD demo kit and boy are we ever ready to give the Black Diamond Stinger Crampons a ride!  Designed to tackle serious ice and mixed lines on winter crags and alpine faces the world over, the BD Stinger is a lightweight stainless steel crampon with a replaceable monopoint. An asymmetrical design fits the contours of modern mountain boots, and thin, low-profile heel and toe wires offer a precise fit for less weight.

  • Asymmetrical stainless steel design is lightweight, won’t rust and fits the contours of modern boots
  • Mono frontpoint is replaceable at low cost and can be changed quickly and easily in the field
  • Hooded frontpoint and aggressive secondary points are optimized for precise, secure placements
  • Low-profile micro-adjust heel level offers precision fit
  • Thin, low-profile toe bail and thinner, shorter heel wire for improved fit with modern boots
  • Includes front and rear dual-density ABS


Like what you see?  Have we got a deal for you!  For the first time ever offered an Ice Fest special of 25% off all hardwear at the event.  Forgot to pick something up this weekend?  We can extend the Ice Fest discount this week- call or email the store for your hook up!  Once again a big thank you goes out to Black Diamond for another year at being a Gold Level Sponsor!