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Black Diamond Quality Engineer Jon Coppi getting in some pre-work turns, Wasatch backcountry, Utah.

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Black Diamond employees Jon Coppi, Mike Elggren and Tom Ditolla leaving the trailhead, Wasatch backcountry, Utah

In the early 1990s, the late, great Alex Lowe began rallying a small crew of co-workers at Black Diamond who would wake well before first light, skin up, ski down and make it in to work on time. Dubbed "Dawn Patrol," the tradition has grown from a cult-like ritual to the ultimate local institution, embraced by Black Diamond employees and passionate locals alike.

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Fueling up for an early morning

Most people don't get up at 4:00 a.m. because they enjoy it. But necessity is a mother: fact is, working a 9-5 job gets in the way of taking advantage of the latest storm totals. For the dedicated, the choice between losing a little sleep to ski powder and staying home is no choice at all.

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Black Diamond employees Tom Ditolla and Jon Coppi gearing up, Wasatch backcountry, Utah

Boots on. Beacon on. Go time. No time to waste. Speed is of the essence, because even the most epic, all-time blower run of your life is not a legitimate excuse for being late to work.

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Black Diamond employees Jon Coppi, Mike Elggren and Tom Ditolla breaking trail in the dark hours, Wasatch backcountry, Utah

Running on a cup of coffee and little or no breakfast, the skin track can be a place of either quiet morning reflection or intense cardiovascular suffering. Whether under heavy snow or starlight, the click of bindings and the swish of nylon measure out the climb, cold air clearing the lungs and shaking off sleep.

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Black Diamond Apparel Product Manager Tom Ditolla reaping the rewards of the 4:00 a.m. alarm, Wasatch backcountry, Utah

The warm bed, the early alarm, the creeping fatigue and the frozen sweat on your lower back—they couldn't matter less. Whether it's thigh deep or dust on crust, it's all gravy. Because for those who take part in Dawn Patrol, skiing isn't just fun, it's an essential part of life. And who's gonna let a job get in the way of that?

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Black Diamond Quality Engineer Jon Coppi unloads in the dark, Wasatch backcountry, Utah

Dawn Patrol Jackets

ACCESS HYBRID HOODY

Built with a mixed-materials construction to simultaneously accommodate high output and cold conditions, the Access Hybrid Hoody is an agile insulating layer for stop-and-go mountain travel.
490 g (17.3 oz)

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Fine-tuning pole length, Wasatch backcountry, Utah

PURE CARBON POLE

Light, strong and stiff, thanks to its 100% carbon fiber shaft, the Black Diamond Pure Carbon is the ultimate 2-piece touring pole with our FlickLock® Pro adjustability.
600 g (1 lb 5 oz)

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Beacon check, Wasatch backcountry, Utah

Dawn Patrol Jackets

DSP SPORT

With a 50-meter circular range, three antennas for pinpoint search accuracy and a smart transmitter to aid in fast recovery, the DSP Sport is the go-to beacon for anyone venturing into the backcountry.
200 g (7 oz) with batteries

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Black Diamond Warranty Supervisor Mike Elggren making a kick turn in the Wasatch backcountry, Utah

Dawn Patrol Jackets

ASCENSION NYLON STS

Built with our legendary printed plush material for benchmark climbing performance and improved glide, the Ascension Nylon STS skins also feature fully adjustable tip and tail attachments.
[110 mm] 751 g (1 lb 10 oz)

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Black Diamond employees Jon Coppi, Mike Elggren and Tom Ditolla crest the ridge after sunrise, Wasatch backcountry, Utah

Dawn Patrol Jackets

DAWN PATROL LT PANTS

Designed with a single-minded focus on high efficiency in the mountains, the Dawn Patrol LT Pants are stripped to the essentials for unrestricted motion over variable mountain terrain.
400 g (14.1 oz)

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Black Diamond employees Jon Coppi and Tom Ditolla ripping skins, Wasatch backcountry, Utah

Dawn Patrol Jackets

DAWN PATROL LT SHELL

A durable, stretchy and minimalistic softshell jacket for alpine pursuits of all kinds, the Dawn Patrol LT Shell carries all the features you need and nothing more.
504 g (17.4 oz)

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Black Diamond employees Jon Coppi and Tom Ditolla keeping warm in early morning cold, Wasatch backcountry, Utah

Dawn Patrol Jackets

DAWN PATROL HYBRID SHELL

Combining hardshell protection with softshell flexibility, the Dawn Patrol Hybrid Shell is a dynamic, hybrid layer built for continuous movement and unpredictable weather.
480 g (24.2 oz)

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Black Diamond Quality Engineer Jon Coppi shaking off the early morning wakeup, Wasatch backcountry, Utah

Dawn Patrol Jackets

CONVERT

A light, semi-fat, rockered powder ski engineered with touring efficiency in mind, the Black Diamond Convert is solid and surfy in deep snow, with a 105 mm waist that lends confidence when conditions turn variable.
[180 cm] 3.3 kg (7 lb 4 oz) per pair
[180 cm] 133-105-117

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Black Diamond Warranty Supervisor Mike Elggren living a little extra life before work, Wasatch backcountry, Utah

Dawn Patrol Jackets

ASPECT

With a 90 mm waist and a Semi-Rocker tip, the Aspect excels in powder while still retaining the hard snow and skin track performance of a traditional touring ski.
[176 cm] 2.9 kg (6 lb 6 oz) per pair
[176 cm] 127-90-113

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Black Diamond Apparel Product Manager Tom Ditolla finds the 4:00 alarm to be well worth it, Wasatch backcountry, Utah

Dawn Patrol Jackets

CARBON MEGAWATT

The lightweight touring version of our hallmark powder ski, the Black Diamond Carbon Megawatt features a carbon fiber layup and sidewall construction, making it the ultimate high-performance touring ski.
[188 cm] 3.6 kg (8 lb) per pair
[178 cm] 145-120-127

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Black Diamond Apparel Product Manager Tom Ditolla lays in fresh tracks before the ski resorts open their lifts, Wasatch backcountry, Utah

Dawn Patrol Jackets

ANTHEM AVALUNG

Built for streamlined backcountry function and styled for modern freeride skiing, the Black Diamond Anthem AvaLung provides pure touring utility and a mid-sized capacity for sidecountry laps and day tours alike.
1.6 kg (3 lb 7 oz)

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Black Diamond Quality Engineer Jon Coppi at his desk after skiing a couple thousand feet of Utah powder, Black Diamond HQ

Dawn Patrol Jackets

FACTOR MX

State-of-the-art, high-performance freeride boots, the Black Diamond Factor Mx and Women's Shiva Mx feature a patented, no-compromise, swappable binding interface that's compatible with any binding.
[Factor Mx] 4 kg (8 lb 13 oz) per pair; [Shiva Mx] 3.7 kg (8 lb 3 oz) per pair

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Black Diamond Employees Jon Coppi, Mike Elggren and Tom Ditolla hit the office

The Dawn Patrol Digital Catalog highlights a small sampling of the gear we make. To see all the apparel and equipment, and to watch how-to videos, learn more about our technologies and read athlete trip reports, visit BlackDiamondEquipment.com