Dan Gates

Dan Gates

The Wasatch, the Tetons, The Golden Trout Circle (Idaho, Wyoming, Montana), and last but not least The Almighty Provo River

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Daniel's Passions

Alpine Touring
Fly Fishing
Trad Climbing
Camping
Backpacking
Snowboarding
Trail Running
Hiking
Mountaineering
Sport Climbing

Daniel's Bio

Growing up in southeast Idaho I had a lot of chances to eat potatoes and play in the mountains and rivers. I did all three religiously. While my love of the potato has died out a little, the flame still burns strong for mountains and moving water. I love spending time in the mountains no matter what activity I am there for. My favorite passions would be splitboarding, mountaineering, and trail running. When not focused on tagging lines, peaks, and routes I am dedicated to chasing trout and steelhead all over the west. I was lucky enough to cut my teeth on THE BEST trout stream in the world, the Henry's Fork. Leaving the Henry's Fork and all the other sacred waters of the Greater Yellowstone Area behind I moved to Utah to go to the University of Utah. Luckily Utah has a lot of good trout water that has kept me busy exploring and guiding during the summers.

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I can also be reached at DGATES@BACKCOUNTRY.COM if you have any questions on gear, need to place an order, or just want to chat about your day in the mountains. I am in the office Monday and Wednesday 7-11am and Fridays 6-2:30pm.

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Dan Gates wrote a review of on July 11, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

wore this for the first time during the Wahsatch Steeplechase trail race this june. Temps were semi hot and this kept me pretty cool. no chafing, comfortable, cool, and dried quickly. so far i'm loving it. fits a little small but that is to be expected. I would say true to size for a running garment.

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Dan Gates wrote a review of on June 30, 2014

rad!!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This pack is awesome, the fully detachable mesh fest is great and the pack has some really nice features. Not to mention it carries really well. I have used most fishpond backpack/vest/chest pack combos and this is much better. plus it allows you to pawn carrying the big pack off to your buddy since you can detach the vest!

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Dan Gates wrote a review of on June 6, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

my new go to socks for trail running, hiking, and work. super comfortable and cushiony. I can get a few wears out of these before I need to wash with very little smell even after a long hot day running. Great for camping as well as they dry out super fast. Got my feet soaked on a recent kayak portage through the snow and once I got to camp stripped these off and sat them in the sun for a few hours to have nice warm, dry socks by dinner time.

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Dan Gates wrote a review of on June 6, 2014

5 5

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

Always expanding my trad rack and I love these cowbells. Not much to say that hasn't been said. cheaper than cams if you need to leave behind some gear or to get some extra pieces for that section of crack on your new project that seems to eat up big gear. personally I like the wire on these.

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Dan Gates wrote a review of on June 6, 2014

4 5

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

great axe for light mountaineering and ski mountaineering use. Purchased this as a back up to my old Camp USA neve axe. Awesome price point to use as back up axe or to lend out to a buddy when you get to your objective a few hundred miles from home and they realize they left their axe sitting in the kitchen.

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Dan Gates wrote a review of on June 6, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

after years of backpacking and camping I finally ditched my stock stakes and picked these babies up. Blown away at the weight and how much easier they were to drive into the ground.
A little surprised that on the maiden voyage I bent one of the stakes when stepping on it. Ground was moist and muddy, but cold and I suspect I hit a rock or some frozen ground beneath the initial moist soil on top. still functional and haven't had any of the others bend in the 3-4 uses since.

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Dan Gates wrote a review of on June 6, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share

bought this as a gift for a friend who has finally graduated from top roping at the gym and is getting out side. I have pretty much used BD ATC's and carabiners for all of my belaying needs in my climbing career. More importantly I trust all of my partners to use them as well. The teeth on the XP are really nice if your partner is bigger than you and you need a little more control on the lowering, or if you are using some smaller diameter ropes on alpine or ice objectives. Always reassuring to slap the ropes in high friction mode to abseil with gloves on after a long cold day on an alpine route.

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Dan Gates wrote a review of on June 6, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

As other reviews have noted, stoic and bc.com products have had somewhat of a hit and miss history. The newer line of bc.com gear seems to be a step up from the stoic gear. I bought this shirt to not look like such a bum during the summer when I moonlight as a fly fishing guide. I purchased the nickel/charcoal color and it kept me cool on the river all day. breathes pretty well and dried fast which is nice as the sleeves continually get wet during a day of fishing.

Fit is kind of standard if you are familiar with other stoic or backcountry.com shirts. slim and a little short in the length with long sleeves.

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Dan Gates wrote an answer about on June 2, 2014

Hey Sam!
that can depend on which model of boot you have. If you have the ultralights standard will be fine. If you have wider boot like the teamtwo's you will want the wide. I am sending you an email to help you get the fit on these dialed in.

Office: 800-409-4502 ext. 4491
dgates@backcountry.com

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Dan Gates wrote an answer about on June 2, 2014

Hey Wim,
That can be a subjective answer as it depends on your riding style and preferences. I generally size down a bit in this style of board. I ride a board of similar shape (big nose, tons of taper, cut-out tail) and have no problem on a 154 in that size. I am about 10lbs lighter than you but with my backpack/avy saftey gear I easily add that weight back on. The 156 in that size is going to be a super responsive board for you and great for deep tree riding. If you are looking for more of a wide open powder board for bigger lines and open faces I would step up to the 161.

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Dan Gates wrote an answer about on June 2, 2014

Hey Montz!
The boot is going to be the same overall. However with the BOA system you might find that the fit is slighty different in the sense that you might not be able to get the laces to tighten down in all of the same spots. If you have any other questions please feel free to hit me up at dgates@backcountry.com or 1-800-409-4502 ext. 4491

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Dan Gates wrote an answer about on May 16, 2014

Hey Steve,

I would recommend the 177 for in this ski. The waist is much large than the 75mm ski you are on, which will result in a larger surface area. Also when touring having a shorter ski is really nice-less weight, easier kick turns when skinning, and easier to maneuver in tight trees, couloirs, in between rocks etc...

I'll be sending you an email with my contact info and some recommendations for your trip out to Utah!

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Dan Gates wrote a review of on April 21, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

too early to write a full review, but i've taken them out a handful of times. fit is great, love the wide toe box. Netural drop is awesome. I converted to "minimal" shoes with the NB MT1010 last year and I semi-hated that shoe. Had a lot of pain that I associated with the 4mm drop. interestingly enough with zero drop i feel none of the same pain. I can feel it in my calves quite a bit, but no real pain. I've logged only about 20 miles on these and they are starting to break in nicely. I will update later this summer after I get a few hundred miles on them, i'm really excited on these for now.

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Dan Gates wrote a review of on March 26, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I have religiously used the Patagonia micropuff for about 7years. After many tears and rips the zipper finally broke and it was time to find a replacement. I wanted something a little smaller and the nanopuff fit the bill. I use this jacket as an insulation piece when splitboarding and alpine climbing, it provides the perfect warmth for spring fly fishing, and keeps the chill off as i'm riding my motorcycle downtown. It packs up into it's own pocket which is nice for hanging off the harness or keeping the pack small.
In terms of sizing I would say this runs a little more trim than patagonia's somewhat standard boxy fit. I am 5'8" and around 140-150 depending on the season and how much ben and jerry's i've been eating. if you wanted to wear this over a lot of layers I would size up for sure, but as a mid layer it is the perfect fit. In the black color it is really classy(well about as classy as I get) looking to wear out to dinner as well. Couldn't be happier so far. Will update after a season of climbing, fishing, and thrashing about.

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