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'Smiley' Dave Gates

Dave Gates, a.k.a. Smiley Dave, started climbing at Smith Rock, Oregon in 1998. He began guiding at Devil's Tower, Wyoming in 2011. Now, Dave lives at the Gunks in New York, where he has been guiding since 2012.

When Dave isn't climbing he's working as a park ranger at the Gunks or he's climbing trees for his work as an arborist.

Dave is certified by the Professional Climbing Guides Institute and the American Mountain Guides Association. He is a certified Wilderness First Responder. 

Dave's favorite places to climb are Yosemite, Patagonia, and the Red River Gorge.