'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.

Dave is certified by the Professional Climbing Guides Institute (PCGI), American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), and is a certified Wilderness First Responder (WFR). 

Dave is a fantastic teacher and a true climbing mentor. Throughout his climbing career as a professional guide Dave's main focus has always been to educate his clients so they can be safe when climbing on their own. We all believe to truly enjoy yourself when climbing outdoors you need to understand the systems that keep us safe. Dave teaches all these systems every day.