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

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Grant Kates

Grant Kates wrote a review of on July 23, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This device is so sweet! An awesome innovation for an auto locking belay device. Very easy to use and has a really smooth lower. Soft catches for when your partner is attempting harder climbs or just barely missed a redpoint. Definitely suggest you pick this device up. It is steel so it will not wear and tear like aluminum will. Easier to use than a Grigri.

**Warning** You must have a carabiner that fits the device in order for it to auto lock properly. I use WC synergy HMS biner and it works great. Item # WDC000L

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