Pat Guinn

Pat Guinn

Snowbird, really any canyon along the wasatch front, Salt Lake City, UT

Pat Guinn's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Skiing
Climbing

Pat Guinn's Bio

Backcountry.com’s Gearheads are your instant connection to gear knowledge. They’re passionate outdoor experts hell-bent on helping you find the right ski, saddle, or pro. Follow their adventures and exploits.


I grew up at the base of Little Cottonwood Canyon in Sandy, Utah and I love to ski and rock climb. During the winter I can be found at Snowbird searching for powder. I still live in the Salt Lake City area and spend all my free time in the canyons either climbing, skiing, or hiking.


When I'm not outside, you can find me working in the Backcountry.com retail store at 2607 S. 3200 W., in Salt Lake City. Come on in and check it out!

Pat Guinn

Pat Guinn wrote a review of on February 26, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got the green (CH4) version of this wax earlier this season when we had a cold snap here in Utah. This stuff did the trick as I was able to slide on snow considerably faster than my counterparts.

I don't always wax my skis, but when I do I use Swix Cera Nova CH Wax.

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Pat Guinn wrote a review of on February 26, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Just got a bag o' these nuts to help my buddy build a climbing wall in his garage and have been quite satisfied. These t-nuts are very easy to use and I find that once they are in the hole they don't like to come out, thanks to their 4-prong design.

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Pat Guinn wrote a review of on February 26, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I just picked up a Petzl Tikka R+ Headlamp and I am super stoked! This headlamp has a reactive setting that automatically adjusts the brightness of your light based on the ambient light present at any given time. For example, say you are sitting around the campfire, the beam will automatically stay relatively dim because of all the light created by the fire, so you don't blind your friends. Then, all of a sudden you realize that you need to pee rill bad, so you turn around and head for the darkness of the woods. The beam brightens automatically so that you don't trip over a log and piss yourself. Never fear, the Petzl Tikka R+ has your back.

It also has a constant light setting that turns off the reactive sensor, so that if you are riding your bike at night your headlamp won't dim when headlights are coming toward you. It also has a red LED that will help save your night vision. Oh, and it also comes with a battery that is rechargeable via USB, so that you can plug it into your computer or solar panel whenever you run out of "juice." If you own this headlamp long enough it will pay for itself with all the batteries you won't have to buy.

Basically, this thing kills it, all night, erry night.

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Pat Guinn wrote a review of on February 26, 2014

5 5

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

I bought the Patagonia Trucker Hat before my last climbing trip and I absolutely love it. The snapback allows for a great fit and the mesh back is awesome for hiking and hot weather since it allows the hat to breathe readily. Basically it has everything you ever wanted in a trucker hat.

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Pat Guinn wrote a review of on February 18, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Black Diamond ReVolt Headlamp is rad. With up to 110 lumens and up 300 hours of battery life you can essentially become nocturnal. It has a variety of different modes that cover pretty much any scenario you can think of. In it's brightest setting it allows you to see up to 70 meters, which is better than most industrial grade spotlights... and its mounted to your head, while being easy to fit in your pocket. Also at the reasonable price of $59.95, it's not gonna break the bank. Get this, you wont be disappointed.

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Pat Guinn wrote a review of on February 18, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you are looking for an affordable, lightweight, easy to pitch, 2 person tent, look no further. I have been pleasantly surprised with the performance of this tent since I bought it, especially given its killer price.

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Pat Guinn wrote a review of on November 26, 2013

5 5

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

I just got the Backcountry Access Dozer Hoe Shovel, and it is awesome. It has all the features of a normal avy shovel, large durable metal blade, extendable handle. It also has the ability to attach the shovel to the handle to form a hoe, which is great for moving a lot of snow fast. This thing is versatile and awesome!

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Pat Guinn wrote a review of on November 26, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you have a waterproof shell this combo pack is a must have to keep your threads breathing, beading and shedding water. The Tech wash cleans the fabric thoroughly and strips off any dirt grease or grime, while the TX Direct re waterproofs and applies a brand new coat of Durable Water Repellency. I use it a couple times a season, and my gore-tex shells look like new.

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Pat Guinn wrote a review of on November 26, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Is your infant cold, and unprepared for winter? Well look no further, the TNF infant baselayer is here! I just got this for my one year old nephew and he has never been warmer, or happier. I have even noticed that his ability to walk has increased noticeably since donning these handsome baby blues. I suspect they will also have him talking in no time. Thanks North Face!

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