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Sylvan Rocks Climbing School and Guide Service

Custer, SD, USA
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About Sylvan Rocks Climbing School and Guide Service
Rock Climbing Guides in the Black Hills of South Dakota since 1989. Adventures for ages 5+(with a participating adult). No experience needed. All rock climbing gear is supplied. Join us at Custer State Park, South Dakota. Call for a reservation and we will meet you at Sylvan Lake for your guided rock climbing tour. Locations at Mount Rushmore and Devils Tower, WY for more experienced climbers. Please reserve as far in advance as possible so that we can best plan to serve you.
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Ambassador596095 wrote a review Sep 17
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We had a great time climbing with Jeff at Sylvan Rocks Climbing School. The company is really well run and you can tell that they are fully invested in making sure you have a great time. The owners are guides themselves so they do everything they can to make sure you feel safe, challenged, and satisfied with your experience. We even went out during an unseasonably snowy day in September and had a blast. Highly recommended!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from SylvanRocksClimbing, Owner at Sylvan Rocks Climbing School and Guide Service
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We had a great time climbing with both of you! Thanks for braving the cold, and making the best of a gorgeous day! Come back and climb with us again!
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Bridget A wrote a review Sep 17
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Our climbing outing with Sylvan Rocks was unforgettable! My husband and I did an 8-hour guided tour with Brandon--who was VERY knowledgeable. He designed the day specifically for us: bringing us to routes that fit our needs and ability levels. We climbed a variety of routes that ranged in difficulty, including a multi-pitch climb. It was clear Brandon took safety seriously, so we felt comfortable the entire time. What a wonderful way to see the Black Hills! For context, we had some experience climbing in a gym before our trip and typically climb 5.9-5.10 routes. The climbing in the Black Hills was challenging and fun!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from SylvanRocksClimbing, Owner at Sylvan Rocks Climbing School and Guide Service
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Bridget and Devin, Thanks so much for coming out and climbing with us! I had a great time out with you guys and the climbing was fantastic! I am glad you guys had a great time and felt safe! Please come back and see us again! -Brandon
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Hannah S wrote a review Sep 13
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I can’t say enough good things about Jeff and Brandon and the awesome experience I had climbing in Custer State Park! I learned so many cool new skills, achieved new goals, had great conversation, and felt super safe the whole time. Jeff also went out of his way to spend a couple additional hours with me to talk through all the cool things to do in Custer during my visit. Not to mention, he and Brandon have pinspired me to pursue van life part-time, and they have been providing me with helpful tips throughout my van search. Who would have thought so much could be achieved in one day? I highly recommend a visit to climb with them!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from SylvanRocksClimbing, Owner at Sylvan Rocks Climbing School and Guide Service
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Hannah, We had a great time climbing with you as well, and are so stoked that you are going to continue this passion of yours and lifestyle! Thank you for visiting us! Keep in touch and come back soon!! :D
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Tim L wrote a review Sep 11
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We booked a 6 hour lesson with Brandon and Chris in early September, 2020. We are a family of 5 with kids age 11, 9 and 6. This was our first outdoor rock climbing experience and it was amazing! We thought we would be getting to scale some large boulders outside. In the end, three of us climbed to the top of Rhinoceros Rock, a mountain in Custer State Park that is 130 feet high! Brandon and Chris were great guides and teachers. They worked extremely well with the kids, including helping my 6 year old not be afraid of heights and feel safe. They were very thorough, safe and fun. I highly recommend using Sylvan Rocks Climbing School if you are anywhere close to the area. It was the highlight of our trip to the Black Hills.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from SylvanRocksClimbing, Owner at Sylvan Rocks Climbing School and Guide Service
Responded 1 week ago
Tim, Thanks for the kind words! Chris and I had a great time with you and your family, and we were so happy we could get out on the rocks! I am glad you guys enjoyed your day, please come back and see us again!!
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Karl H wrote a review Sep 11
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Wife and I did a 6 hour with Brandon. We’d both climbed indoors a bunch, but we’d never done the real thing. We managed to hit 4 very different routes by Sylvan Lake. Brandon was knowledgeable, safe, and generally a great time. I loved every minute of it.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from SylvanRocksClimbing, Owner at Sylvan Rocks Climbing School and Guide Service
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Karl, Thanks for coming to climb with us, and for braving the cold! What seemed to be a cold day turned out to be beautiful conditions! I was so glad to get to experience this snowy day climbing with the two of you, SO FUN! Come back and visit us again soon.
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