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.

Dan Gates

Dan Gates wrote an answer about on August 30, 2014

Hey Jau,
These are more aggressive than the defys. The Defy has almost a flat sole compared to these. However the shape of the sole still provides enough versatility for all around climbing. Good on steep faces, but i've even done a few cracks in them. This is a great and natural upgrade from the defy.

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Dan Gates wrote a review of on August 29, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It was pointed out to me the other day that I needed some "real" clothes so I bought this. Great looking shirt, I probably needed a small as the medium is a tad big on me, 5'8" 150lbs. The fit is pretty slim and long(fits good across chest, a little long in sleeves and length). Great quality, and the good news is stains wash out pretty easy! found that out the hard way after a wild party on my first night wearing it. I would recommend this item to a friend.

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Dan Gates wrote a review of on August 27, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I hate wearing helmets in any sport. However they are essential sometimes. I am glad a picked this up for a wet multi-pitch adventure up devils castle this weekend. Put some new dents and dings in it, but I guess that's better than putting them in my head. Sizing was not an issue for me in the large. Out of most of the helmets i've seen or worn, I feel less dorky in this one.

adjusting the fit is super simple and the colors are cool I think. If you are looking for new helmet, this is hard to beat.

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Dan Gates wrote a review of on August 27, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

So i'm onto my second pair of these trying to dial the fit in. I first got these in my street shoe size and they were extremely tight. could only stand to be in them for one route. after a few days of climbing I can keep them on for 2-3 routes max. I ordered the half size up and they are big enough they could be my next all day trad shoe if they stretch at all. seems to be a huge leap in volume for just a half size. Anway guess I have a new all day shoe now. If the smaller sizes stretches, the fit should be pretty good.

climbing performance has been great!

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Dan Gates wrote a review of on August 15, 2014

5 5

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

I generally shy away from mad rock, but after a few trips to the crag I am super impressed. Maybe the easiest clipping draws I've ever used. Light, strong, and rubber gasket on rope side clip. Can't beat the price. I am doubling down on these, and replacing all of my BD draws. Time will tell, but so far hats off to mad rock.

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Dan Gates wrote an answer about on August 11, 2014

Hey Richard!
I can help you out with that. Really all depends on your climate, and what your intended use is. I am sending you an email with some more info.
The easiest way to think of it is:
LT-lightweight, more minimal less features
AR-All around, perfect for everyday use in the mountains
SV-Severe weather, built for the worst storms and most brutal conditions

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Dan Gates wrote an answer about on August 8, 2014

Hey Balazs,

You have two options you can get a skin that provides full coverage that you trim to fit the shape of your ski-125mm size skin.

Or you can have a straight skin that matches the waist of your ski leaving some exposed base on tip and tail-95mm size skin.

the advantage of the straight skin is it is lighter and easier to fold up, but has less grip.

the difference between the custom and this pair is that the custom is precut to fit the length of your ski, where with this skin you have to cut the skin to fit the length and then attach the tail clip.

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Dan Gates wrote an answer about on August 6, 2014

Hey!
you are going to find that these have a classic la sportiva fit similar to the Ganda Guide, narrow throughout the toebox. There will be a few big differences in sizing consideration. You will want to account for the type of socks you will wear and also how cold the temps will be. Generally I would go up a half size at least to allow for a thicker sock/sock liner and allow room for your toes in cold temps. If you are only going to be in moderate temps you could probably size the same 43.5. If you are interested in trying a few sizes out, I can help you get an order set up!

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Dan Gates wrote an answer about on August 6, 2014

Hey David, it would work pretty well for that purpose. There is no ventilation built into the back of this pack, or at least not like you would find on a summer backpacking back. However the design will allow a small amount of air circulate through perforations on the straps and back of the pack. If you are looking for a small year round pack this isn't a bad choice at all. I often use my winter ski packs for day hikes in the summer.

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Dan Gates wrote a review of on August 4, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

I'm on my 2nd pair of these in the past 10years or so. chaco's are chaco's- the fit and shape of the footbed has always worked well for me. I wear them a lot during the summer from walks in the foothills to a lot of days in raft and in the river they have always done me well. Plus you get extra style points for the tan line that comes with these. Personally I am not a fan of how these look on the feet(clunky,tall) and never wear them out casually, but in terms of a tech/work sandal they can't be beat.

size down a little for a proper fit. If you have a wide foot you might have to size up to get the width you need but you will have a lot of extra room at the toe. These are made to have extra material at the toe to give you a little bumper against rocks/other terrain features.

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Dan Gates wrote a review of on August 4, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great attractor and searching nymph. The caddis green nymph in smaller sizes works great as a little PMD nymph. the Yellow "wing" looks really similar to an emerging PMD or a splitcase PMD nymph. Worked really well for me on the Provo over the past few weeks. Profile suggest everything from stoneflies to caddis and mayflies. Really versatile.

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Dan Gates wrote a review of on August 4, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I probably went 7 years without using a hares ear. One of the classics of american nymphing, it has fallen out of favor with many modern nymphers. Let their(our) mistake be your gain. This has earned it's spot back in my normal rotation, especially when guiding and the day is a little slow. Classic profile and buggy look can usually get a few fish interested, even on a slow day. With all the glitz and glam of modern nymphs, this classic still outshines a lot of them.

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Dan Gates wrote a review of on August 4, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

barrs emergers are my bread and butter during summer PMD hatches. The postal workers of my nymph game. they never complain and they get the job done everytime. When guiding during the summer months you'll almost always find one of these rigged up. Quality has been nice, very few clogged eyes.

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