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alpinist-erik

Mountain climber
Jackson, WY
Jun 10, 2010 - 04:39pm PT
Backcountrymagazine.com has posted a story/interview with the BD ski category director. Interesting perspective:

http://www.backcountrymagazine.com
EdBannister

Mountain climber
CA
Jun 10, 2010 - 04:43pm PT
Gregory has changed hands so many times in the last six years it blurs the vision... bianchi, then somebody else, then a year or so ago Wayne moved and they left the long time Temecula location for Sacramento... only to be bought again???

whew.
rockermike

Trad climber
Berkeley
Jun 10, 2010 - 04:50pm PT
-^^^^^^^^^^^-
Sounds like hype to me. Of course they are going to say that - they are required to minimize any damage the buyout would do to their reputation amongst once loyal customers. Reality may, or may not prove this vision true but just because they "says its so" doesn't mean squat. Their obligations are to the shareholders hence forward.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Jun 10, 2010 - 05:06pm PT
Boycott BD
the kid

Trad climber
fayetteville, wv
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 10, 2010 - 06:22pm PT
no one needs to boycott BD or Gregory.
But this is just another alarming trend in our "quaint" little industry.
which is not so little nor quaint any more.

There are fewer and fewer independent, small companies in the outdoor biz. This trend started with VF buying the north face and many others along the way.
Columbia owns Montrail and Mountain Hardwear.
the list goes on and on..

part of the game i guess.
ks
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jun 11, 2010 - 02:47am PT
Black Diamond, and its predecessor Chouinard Equipment, has been making generally excellent equipment for climbing and mountaineering for more than 50 years. The company has also been a strong supporter of its community. It's understandable that some climbers might be concerned as to what will happen to a company which has earned their loyalty and trust, and has such a history. At the same time, the world does sometimes change. The current owners/managers have been in place for nearly 20 years, of constant challenge, innovation and growth - notwithstanding globalization and economics. They couldn't continue forever.

It is right to be concerned about the future, but the company has very strong roots and culture. I doubt there'll be any significant change any time soon, if at all, and wouldn't jump to conclusions quite yet, notwithstanding the value-less desolation that publicly-traded corporate America can sometimes be. I hope the company continues on the course it long ago set and does not compromise its values, and thank the 'outgoing' owners for all they've done for climbers and the climbing community.
apogee

climber
Aug 22, 2011 - 01:38am PT
Wrenan = spambot

(See profile>forum posts)
wildone

climber
Troy, MT
Aug 22, 2011 - 01:41am PT
I want to know who the asshat is that sued Chouinard not for making defective equipment but for not warning them that climbing was dangerous, thus causing the bankruptcy
OR

Trad climber
Aug 22, 2011 - 09:00am PT
^^ It was a guy from a Texas oil family if I remember correctly. Very wealthy^^
wildone

climber
Troy, MT
Aug 22, 2011 - 10:30am PT
A Texas dickface family by my estimation. Fortuitous for the employees biting the hand that feeds them too.
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