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Chris Spellmeyer

Chris Spellmeyer | Senior Guide

Originally from Minnesota, Chris is Sylvan Rocks’ senior guide (despite the fact he seems to look younger and younger every year). 2021 will be Chris’ 21st season of guiding here in the Black Hills. His patience and enthusiasm for teaching new climbers is unmatched. Although he does not climb it as much as he used to, we are sure Chris has climbed the Durrance Route on Devils Tower more than any other Sylvan Rocks guide past, present or future.

In the winter you will find Chris managing the ski patrol team at Terry Peak. Off the rock, you might find Chris working on his hand-eye coordination with some late night gaming sessions, and in the summer he could be chasing little white balls around a golf course or wetting a fishing line at one of the local lakes.


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5 stars

Our first "outdoor" climbing adventure - Custer State Park in the Black Hills. Brandon matched us to routes that were challenging but not so difficult we couldn't finish. His knowledge of the sport and the area are second to none. We summited 4 routes - and I was even able to "try" a 5th route graded at 5.11 a/b that was awesome. We are planning on returning next summer - hopefully with a few friends from our indoor gym. Haven and I recommend Sylvan Rocks without question!


5 stars

Our guide Brandon was incredible and was so fun to share stories with! Getting to climb and rappel at Sylvan Lake was one of the most incredible and beautiful experiences I’ve ever had, there’s nothing else like it.If I ever decide to go rock climbing again, I will definitely choose Sylvan Rocks 💯💯.


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!!


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