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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

Great experience, the instruction felt personal, and time on the rocks was maximized. Shoutout to the incredible instructors, Shankar, Carissa and Taylor; they were relaxed, down to earth and cool. They were thorough with safety and technique, and I felt confident with the basic knowledge I left with.


5 stars

I did a 6-hour climbing day with Jeff and it was amazing! We started on second breakfast route which was intimidating but Jeff did a great job walking me through everything and encouraging me on the way up! Experience was incredible and totally worth hiking through the snow :).


5 stars

Went with three kids (9, 8, 7 years old) and husband. Shankar was FANTASTIC! Got all three kids to the top, and both adults. None of us had any previous climbing experience. This was by far the highlight of our trip to SD. Best way to experience Custer Park!


American Mountain Guides Association

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Accredited by the American Mountain Guides Association

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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