• AMGA Certified Guides
  • All Gear Included
  • Adventure of a Lifetime

Great for beginners and families (Ages 5 and Up)

Do something you never imagined you could! Our four-hour Discover Climbing course is a great first experience climbing on real rocks. Prior to this four-hour adventure, our professional 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. You will then travel to Sylvan Lake (roughly 12 minutes, transportation not provided), where a short 10 minute hike will take you behind Sylvan Lake to enjoy world class rock climbing!

During a Discover Climbing course, you will learn the very basics of rock climbing. Your guide will teach you how to move effectively on the rocks. The cool thing about climbing in the Black Hills is that most of the strength you use comes from stepping, standing and trusting your feet. You don’t have to be able to do a single pull up to have fun climbing these rocks! Your guide will also teach you basic skills such as tying into the rope and belaying a partner on top rope.

This course is our group course, so you may be going out with other groups or families.

All classes meet at 7:45 am at the South Dakota Outdoor Shop in Custer, South Dakota.

Afternoon courses may be offered subject to guide availability and weather, please call us for more information.

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


Custer State Park
Palisades State Park


Learn Basics of Climbing
Climb Multiple 50-foot Routes

Climbers Per Guide

6:1 maximum


Custer State Park
1 Climber = $150
2-13 climbers = $110 / climber
Groups 14+ = $90 / climber

Palisades State Park
1 Climber = $150
2-6 climbers = $110 / climber
7+ climbers = $110 / climber


All Equipment is provided.
Ages 5 and up, Parent or guardian MUST be present!
For parties of 7+ please call to book your adventure.

Your Adventure Awaits

  • Schedule

    1. Schedule

    Book online or call us to schedule the perfect adventure.

  • Instruction

    2. Instruction

    Feel confident with certified instructors.

  • Climbing

    3. Climbing

    Enjoy an adventure of a lifetime!

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.


5 stars

As an experienced climber who had taken a bunch of years off of the rock I’ve started to get back into climbing with my wife and two kids, 9 and 11.I had some detailed nitty gritty questions about gear for my kids and some changes that have taken place in climbing since I’d dropped off so I stopped in Sylvan Rocks in Custer to see if I could find a few answers.Darryl was a wealth of knowledge and he was able to give me all the info I needed. In detail. I had been bumping into some of the Sylvan Rocks guides while we were climbing and they were impressive. Darryl carries himself in that same professional way as he dealt with our needs. Darryl didn’t suggest we upgrade any gear, but I took the opportunity to make some purchases of gear we wanted to give a try because Darryl was so helpful.I love it when a company earns my business. Sylvan Rocks did for sure.In a couple of years the kids will be ready to head out for some instruction from a qualified guide. Sylvan Rocks will get our business.


5 stars

I can’t say enough good things about Jeff and Brandon and the awesome experience I had climbing in Custer State Park! I learned so many cool new skills, achieved new goals, had great conversation, and felt super safe the whole time. Jeff also went out of his way to spend a couple additional hours with me to talk through all the cool things to do in Custer during my visit. Not to mention, he and Brandon have pinspired me to pursue van life part-time, and they have been providing me with helpful tips throughout my van search. Who would have thought so much could be achieved in one day? I highly recommend a visit to climb with them!


American Mountain Guides Association

The Highest Standards

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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Everything Is Included

  • Shoes


  • Rope


  • Helmet


  • Harness


  • Anchor Gear

    Anchor Gear

  • Knowledge


Our Friends

  • South Dakota Outdoor Shop
  • Black Hills Basecamp
  • Custer Chamber of Commerce
  • Granite Sports
  • Black Hills Climbers Coalition

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