(written from a Production point of view)
Gaines is the director of "Vertical Adventures", a rock climbing school and has taught classes in rock climbing since 1983, located in the Joshua Tree National Park and on the Tahquitz and Suicide Rock in Idyllwild. He is a certified Level One Rock climbing guide and has also served as safety officer and climbing instructor for Sylvester Stallone during the production of Cliffhanger (1993, with Paul Winfield, Bruce McGill, and Jeff McCarthy). Gaines has shown his skills and coordinated climbing sequences for several feature films and commercials.
Gaines has released several videos and books, including the "Climbing Anchors Field Guide" in 2007 and is a former member of the Yosemite search and rescue team.