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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.


AMGA Tenured Rock Instructor
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
Emergency Medical Technician

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

We had a great time climbing with Jeff at Sylvan Rocks Climbing School. The company is really well run and you can tell that they are fully invested in making sure you have a great time. The owners are guides themselves so they do everything they can to make sure you feel safe, challenged, and satisfied with your experience. We even went out during an unseasonably snowy day in September and had a blast. Highly recommended!


5 stars

Awesome guide service! The weather forecast for our trip was rough but Daryl and Cheyenne were very flexible with us and provided a 5 star experience. Would definitely recommend and use them again in the future!


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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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