Yvon Chouinard

Bio

Born

1938

Moved from Maine to California

1947

Founded Chouinard Equipment, Ltd.

1957

Introduced chrome-molybdenum steel pitons

1961

First ascent of the North America Wall

1964

First Ascent of Cerro Fitz Roy

1968

Married his wife, Malida Pennoyer

1971

Company reestablished as Black Diamond Equipment

1989

Committed the company to use all pesticide-free cotton

1990