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Rockfreaks and Boulderjunkies, your Chalk has a new home! Torn open fingertips are a permanent condition, top rope is as appealing as rusty bolts, and you prefer your routes on-sight? Then welcome to 8bplus!
8BPLUS creates climbing gear essentials for the sport climbing and bouldering szene. Unconventional and imaginative, but always loyal to our roots. 8BPLUS origins from the middle of the Alps in Tirol / Austria, a heritage we carry with pride. Proud just like you, when you close a tough project or pull through that tricky bouldery move for the first time.
8BPLUS has a deep connection to climbing and the original climbing spirit. All 8BPLUS products are designed by enthusiastic climbers.
ABK, the brand that does not make you stronger but makes you more beautiful. With lots of stuff to dress you up. To go climbing thanks to our pants with elastane, to be "streatwear" in the ABK Jeans, to be fasionable with the espadrilles 100% made in France or join the underwear party thanks to the ABK underwear.
Beal is a small family entreprise employing 45 people, situated in Vienne, in the French Department of Isere.
Despite its modest size, Beal qualifies as the world’s premier manufacturer of climbing and security ropes.
This leading position is explained by indisputable technical advances in the production process compared to its competitors.
The international presence of Beal and sale of the 8 million metres of rope which leave the premises in Vienne annually are supported by a worldwide network of distributors spanning 40 different countries.
In addition Beal has an associate in the US state of Georgia which covers American market needs, thus overcoming in part the vicissitudes of the dollar.
ISO 9001 certified to guarantee production quality, Beal devotes 5% of its turnover to Research and Development and another 5% to promotion. A good part of the promotion budget goes to sponsoring stars of the climbing and mountaineering world : from Patrick Edlinger to Lynn Hill, from Yuji Hirayama to Fred Rouhling, most of the leading lights of climbing form part of the " Beal Team".
First manufacturer to have obtained CE approval for its semi-static ropes, Beal is also very active in the field of security and working ropes used in industry.
Since starting with Yannick Seigneur, then accelerating with Patrick Edlinger, the story of BEAL ropes has been marked by passion and research.
The Brand has been at the heart of the changes in the practice of climbing since the 80’s.
It’s the development of rope dynamics, requested by the climbers who started to fly, which allowed them to be liberated from the pain of the fall. Thus freed of this psychological brake, energy is concentrated on the movements of climbing, leading to spectacular progress.
But back at BEAL, it is not only the ropes that are dynamic.
After the Program System and the Black Limit, passing by way of Dry Cover, ultra light ropes, the lowest impact forces, and again the Aero harness, the development department has not ceased its dynamic innovations.
The BEAL LAB is not a classical research office
The climbers and mountaineers of the BEAL team are fully integrated into its work. We listen to their suggestions and their test reports, as well as their emotions and enthusiasms, to be imbued with the evolution of the activity. It’s that which lets us anticipate changes and to be tuned to the needs of climbers.
BEAL LAB is thus a meeting of the practical and the theory. It’s a very light and reactive structure in which the wish to improve the security and comfort of climbers and mountaineers reigns without ceasing.
At Beastmaker we are big into sustainability.
We only use FSC certified North American tulip wood (Liriodendron tulipifera) to make our fingerboards. This is a common tree of the eastern United States and not to be confused with Brazilian Tulipwood which isn't very sustainable! FSC stands for Forestry Stewardship Council - these guys will only certify wood if it has come from a responsibly managed forest, or in their own words, only if the forest is managed in an "environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable manner".
We also try to recycle as much as we possibly can in the workshop and we package our fingerboards in recyclable cardboard to help you guys to do the same at the other end (which we hope you do?)
Unfortunately, running our workshop and machinery 5 days a week takes a lot of energy. We get all our electricity from 100% renewable sources (mostly wind farms) which is pretty cool.
Without sounding too much like a bunch of hippies, the planet is looking pretty fragile these days and we are trying to do our bit (albeit a very, very small bit) to help slow it's demise.
After all there's no point having strong fingers if all the rocks are underwater...
The world famous Beta Stick is a dual function device that comes in handy in both sport climbing and bouldering.
To help you get started on sport routes this extendable pole has a specially designed head that will allow you to clip a carabiner into the first or second bolt. Alternatively you can clip a toothbrush (not included) into a slot in the head such that you can easily brush down those grimy out-of-reach holds.
The Beta Stick range currently includes the Standard, Compact, Long, XL and Technical. The Technical is a new addition to the range, and works in a slightly different way. Whilst all the other Beta Sticks extend in telescopic fashion, the Technical fits together much like a modern tent pole. This allows a pole with a maximum extension of 10ft to fit into an average sized rucksack.
Here at Black Diamond it's all about climbing and skiing. We share the same experiences that you do on rock, ice and snow and these experiences push us to make the best gear possible for our worldwide family of climbers and skiers.
What began with a backyard anvil and a hammer has now grown into a global company with offices on three continents. Black Diamond is a company that's not just for rock climbers and skiers, but one that stands for the spirit of the sports we live, their values and goals, past, present and future. Since 1957, our innovative gear designs have set the standard in numerous areas. This is partly the result of dedication, desire and diligence on the part of an incredible team of people. It's also a product of the fact that each of us are climbers and skiers ourselves.
We're a company of users. It's who we are. We're the greatest dreamers about what could be, and the harshest of critics about what exists. Because of this, the creation of Black Diamond is a process that will never end. The company today is more committed than ever, thanks to the many people here in the U.S., at Black Diamond Europe and at Black Diamond Asia whose limitless energy and hands-on involvement have created a promising future for all climbers and skiers worldwide.