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Grant Kates

Grant Kates

Wasatch Range, UT | City of Rocks, ID | Lake Tahoe, CA

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Grant's Passions

Alpine Touring
Backpacking
Camping
Snowboarding
Hiking
Alpine Skiing
Sport Climbing
Bouldering

Grant's Bio

Backcountry.com’s Gear Gurus are the fount of knowledge that Gearheads routinely tap when the questions get tough and the resources scarce. We are a small but passionate team of experts tasked with doing the research in order to get you the information you need to make the right decisions about your gear. Whether we are getting in touch with the factory that made your skis, counting those essential grams, or making sure everything will work how it is supposed to, the Gear Guru’s leave no stone unturned in pursuit of your next adventure. Follow our adventures and exploits as they unfold.

I was raised in Rochester, NY and moved to Salt Lake City, UT when I was 21. I love to be outdoors - whatever that entails. From backcountry skiing to rock climbing and camping. Any excuse to get out there and be active. I enjoy learning new things and activities. Challenging the mind and body is something that I strive for everyday.

"Fear of the unknown, is the greatest fear of all."
-Yvon Chouinard

Grant Kates

Grant Kates wrote an answer about on August 20, 2014

I agree, this bag would do nicely with both school and climbing. I personally bought The North Face Recon backpack for school back in '07. I now use it for hiking/climbing when I dont need my entire rack with me. This The North Face Big Shot II backpack is an even better choice in my mind because you have the two daisy chains along side the front of the bag so you can clip gear to the exterior if needed.

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