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  • Adventure of a Lifetime

More Fun and Awesome Views (Ages 5 and Up)

Arguably the most fun course we offer! By choosing an eight-hour Adventure Climbing course, you will get a private day with your guide, and have the opportunity to climb some of the more exciting and larger formations in our area, such as the Cathedral Spires. During an eight-hour Adventure Climbing course, our climbing guides will meet you at the South Dakota Outdoor Shop in Custer, South Dakota. Your guide will outfit you with all the necessary climbing equipment for your day, and talk to you about your experience, skill level, and desired outcomes for the day. After your guide selects a climbing destination that best matches your skills and desires, you will then travel to one of several different climbing locations located in Custer State Park or Mount Rushmore National Memorial (transportation not provided). For Adventure Climbing courses at Devils Tower, meeting arrangements will be finalized in advance.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to climb more summits than any of our other course offerings. Our eight-hour Adventure Climbing course also allows more time to hone your technical skills, such as lead climbing or self/partner rescue.

Ages 5 and up, parent or guardian MUST be present!


Custer State Park
The Needles of Mount Rushmore
Devils Tower


Skills Review
Routes Tailored to Ability
Longer Routes + Better Views
Learn to Rappel

Climbers Per Guide

3:1 maximum


Custer State Park or
The Needles of Mount Rushmore
1 climber = $375
2 climbers = $300 / climber
3 climbers = $275 / climber
4 climbers = $300 / climber
5 climbers = $275 /climber
Groups 6+ = $250 / climber

Devils Tower (Non Summit)
1 climber = $500
2 climbers = $350 / climber
3 climbers = $325 / climber


All Equipment is provided.
Ages 5 and up, Parent or guardian MUST be present!
For parties of 4+ or for Devils Tower trips please call to book your adventure.

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  • Schedule

    1. Schedule

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  • Instruction

    2. Instruction

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  • Climbing

    3. Climbing

    Enjoy an adventure of a lifetime!

5 stars

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.


5 stars

My husband and I did the 6-hour rock climbing day. We are novice climbers with minimal experience and felt this was perfect duration. We learned a ton from our guide, Chris. We very much appreciated the instruction with various equipment and terminology. Highly recommend this activity for those who want to get outdoors and try something truly special!


5 stars

I did an 8 hr climbing day with Shankar and it was wonderful! We talked before-hand about my skill level and what I was hoping for on our climbing day. Shankar picked out some fun multi-pitch climbs for me at the Cathedral Spires. I have some years experience in rock climbing so I wasn't looking for an instructional day. Shankar started me right out on a classic climb up one spire and then we climbed 2 other spires that day. We climbed one spire twice when I expressed an interest in a more challenging route right next to the classic route we climbed first. I'd climb with Shankar and Sylvan Rocks again any day.


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As the only AMGA Accredited Guide Service in the area, we are committed to a high standard of climbing professionalism. The AMGA is an internationally recognized association offering courses, exams and certifications designed to certify guides and instructors as well as accredit businesses.

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