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“Family of 7 (including tweens & teens) climbed and had a BLAST”

Sylvan Rocks Climbing School
Ranked #1 of 3 Tours in Hill City
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed July 9, 2018

Chris Spellmeyer and Shankar found the perfect balance of challenging and encouraging us. The instruction was excellent. The trip was very well organized and the selection of climbs just right for our group. We really appreciated the team's sense of humor and comfortable guidance. The gear was top notch and we wasted no time in transit- we were climbing from start to finish.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank nemorden
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Stisser, Secretary to the Stars at Sylvan Rocks Climbing School, responded to this reviewResponded July 11, 2018

Always good to hear that Chris can Shankar can even impress teens and tweens. Glad you had a good time on the rocks. Hopefully you will all become addicted and we will see you out there climbing on your own.

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Reviewed July 2, 2018

Myself (40 years old), teenage son, and teenage nephew did the 6 Hour Rock Climbing Course. We had no prior rock climbing experience. Let me say this, it was absolutely the best part of our trip! We met Darryl at the Sylvan Rocks Climbing Trailer. He was very nice, easy to talk to. After a few minutes of talking and getting our waivers taken care of, Darryl introduced us to our guide, Chris. Chris was very nice and very professional. After introductions, Chris got us fitted for our harness, shoes, and helmet. He gave us an overview of what we could expect for the day. After a short hike to the climbing site, Chris gave us a thorough introduction to climbing (securing the ropes, using the shoes for friction, rappelling, etc.). Before each climb, Chris explained the climb/ route and asked if we thought we were up to it. The climbs were tough and strenuous, exactly what we wanted. We wanted a challenge and we got it. Chris was there the entire time to give us help and coach us along. He answered any questions we had. At no time did we feel unsafe or in danger, even though we were 200 feet in the air on top of Old People's Dome. Awesome climb and view! During our vacation, we went whitewater rafting, ziplining, hiking, caverns, and a lot more. The rock climbing was hands down the most fun. As a 40 year old, it was very rewarding when I made it to the top of the climb and also being able to keep up with 2 teenagers. If you are looking for adventure, excitement, and a challenge, you have to go rock climbing, and Sylvan Rocks Climbing is PERFECT! I could go on all day about our trip. We will definitely be back to climb again. One piece of advice to save time, print your waivers online and have them filled out when you arrive. Thanks to Chris, Darryl, and the rest of the crew at Sylvan Rocks Climbing, we will be seeing you all again!

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank wheelj06
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Stisser, Head Climbing Rope Washer at Sylvan Rocks Climbing School, responded to this reviewResponded August 27, 2018

"hands down the most fun" after all the rad things you did is pretty huge kudos. We'll be here when you are ready to continue your climbing adventures. Thanks for being open to doing rad things that are outside of most people average vacation activities. Rock climbing is defiantly an experience that you are part of making happen...not just a ride.

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Reviewed June 25, 2018

My son and I did an introductory climbing day a couple of years ago with Sylvan Rocks. That day made my son fall in love with climbing. Last week, we returned for a three-day climbing session, and it was even better than the first.

Our guide Shankar gave us three amazing days that culminated in my son's ascent of Spires 2 and 3 of the Cathedral Spires in Custer State Park. He was patient, good-humored, and laser-focused on safety while dealing both with my beginner's mistakes, and with my son's need for technical training. While he pushed me to stretch my limits, there was never any point at which I felt it was inappropriate. And, we got to the top of the "Aquarium." On top of all that, Shankar's just a really cool guy.

I feel that we got more than our money's worth out of this experience, and we will be back to climb again with Sylvan Rocks.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank JBern52
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Stisser, Head Climbing Rope Washer at Sylvan Rocks Climbing School, responded to this reviewResponded June 26, 2018

Thanks for sharing such kind words. We will look forward to climbing with you again.

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Reviewed June 11, 2018

Date of experience: June 2018
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Stisser, Head climbing rope washer at Sylvan Rocks Climbing School, responded to this reviewResponded June 26, 2018

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Reviewed June 5, 2018

Date of experience: May 2018
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Stisser, Head climbing rope washer at Sylvan Rocks Climbing School, responded to this reviewResponded June 26, 2018

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