Dan Gates

Dan Gates

Tetons and Wasatch

Dan Gates's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Running
Skiing
Climbing

Dan Gates's Bio

Big couloirs, emerald green pools full of trout, and long alpine ascents are what I live for. I've grown up chasing trout, powder, and peaks across the west. Salt Lake is a great home base for this and also gives me the opportunity to work for backcountry.com.


In a day and age where you an pick up most major outdoor brands in any box store, it's crucial to have companies like backcountry.com that only staff people experienced with the product. That's where I come in, I truly enjoy connecting people with the best possible gear. Proper gear is the building block of any adventure. It doesn't matter if you need new boots to walk to the bar or to put up a first ascent, I can help get you the correct tools to accomplish your task.



For personalized service and exclusive discounts connect with me and benefit. I can be reached 24/7 at dgates@backcountry.com

Chat or by Phone
Wed-Sat 1:30pm-10pmMST
Office: 800-409-4502 ext. 4491

Dan Gates

Dan Gates wrote a review of on November 21, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used these heavily for a few seasons. I really enjoyed them for the most part.
Pros-
good grip, nice basket and the z folding system is fast and rad.
cons-
really flexible always felt like I was going to snap one, and I did.
Once the pole snapped(lower section) there was not fast way to repair and when bushwhacking at 3:30am in the Tetons I was not a happy camper, or overly excited about having to MacGyver a fix for the upcoming 5,000 vertical feet I still had to climb.

great until shit hits the fan.

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Dan Gates

Dan Gates wrote a review of on October 30, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been using pro bar for a while now and just recently had a weird experience. I opened up the first two packages out of the box and there was mold on both bars. Shot pro bar an email and within 24hours they had a new box on the way to me! Awesome support for an isolated situation. On one hand while I was bummed to see that on their product, it actually was kind of nice to see that real ingredients that can go bad are use!. I have pulled year old opened cliff bars out of old packs that look brand new. Scary stuff. Long live probar.

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Dan Gates

Dan Gates wrote a review of on October 30, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift

My father is getting up there in years and isn't as sure on his feet as he used to be. I purchased these for him as cheap insurance after he took a nasty fall that led to a hospital visit. We tested them out one cold morning on the Madison and they worked very well. Super impressed that they stayed in place all day long. Seemed to work on wet rock, mud, and wet grass.

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Dan Gates

Dan Gates wrote a review of on October 30, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Used this on camping in the tetons a few weeks ago, let me buddy borrow my old montbell(long standing favorite) and I think I might prefer this bag over it. It packed up smaller and provided just as much warmth. the only issue I had was jamming the zipper almost every time I tried to zip that bag up.

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Dan Gates

Dan Gates wrote a review of on October 30, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

basic rope bag but I much prefer this to many other rope bags on the market. The shape of the bag helps keep the profile long and narrow, which I find is easier to stuff under the lid, or on top of a larger pack. Pretty light but material seems very durable. I tossed this off of the top 100+ route and it survived with no damage. Folds up pretty small to put in the followers pack as well. So far so good.

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Dan Gates

Dan Gates wrote a review of on October 30, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This thing is nauseatingly bright. Bought it for long dark alpine starts and approaches. First head lamp I have used that has an external battery pack. For me it's a little over kill and I like being able to just throw extra batteries I can pick up at any gas station in my pack vs. having to purchase a separate battery. That being said this might be a feature I get used to over time. This is a serious headlamp and I can't imagine needing anything more than this for any outdoor activity. Would make a killer caving light.

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