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Brandon Emery

Brandon Emery | Co-Owner

Having grown up in Rapid City, Brandon has spent a considerable amount of time tromping and exploring in the Black Hills. Brandon learned to climb in the Needles back in 2011, and began his guiding career at Sylvan Rocks in 2018.

Brandon recently graduated from the University of Wyoming with a BS in Psychology and minors in Outdoor Leadership, Environment/Natural Resources and Sociology. Post graduation, Brandon returned to the Black Hills in the spring of 2020 to continue guiding, and soon after found himself fulfilling his lifelong dream of managing Sylvan Rocks.

In the winter you might find him carving turns on the ski slopes or climbing ice around the Hills. When not climbing or skiing, he also enjoys hunting, cooking, and going to concerts. You may even find him serving you a gourmet dinner at Skogen Kitchen in Custer!


AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
Wilderness First Responder

5 stars

Brandon was our guide for the day. We chose the 4 hour climbing adventure and was absolutely perfect for us. My husband and I don't have a lot of experience with climbing and Brandon did a fantastic job at explaining everything. He talked us through every step of the way and felt safe. He went the extra mile with us and greatly appreciate it! Would go again for sure. Thanks so much!!


5 stars

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.


5 stars

Our guides Jeff (owner) and Ross were excellent. Taught us the basics of the gear, eqpt, tying the rope figure 8, and making sure we were secure and safe. Shared climbing tips and tricks. It was our family's first time and it was such a positive experience for the kids that they loved and enjoyed it inspite of cooler temp and the wind blowing keeping us cooler than what we wanted (floridians). They were great with the kids and were able to keep them interested, motivated and encouraged to keep going for the top or take a break and go for it again :) They made it fun!!! Now they want to climb wherever they can in florida ;) Thank you for taking such great care of our family and making it a memorable and enjoyable experience for all!


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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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