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Doug Plourde

Doug Plourde

Summer 2021 is Doug’s first summer guiding with Sylvan Rocks and we are excited to have him. Doug hails from the Northeast Kingdom of New Hampshire. His passion for the outdoors was cultivated at a young age through hiking, backpacking, hunting, fishing, and exploring the White Mountains of New Hampshire and Maine.

He was introduced to rock climbing at Rumney while attending Plymouth State University. Since graduating PSU with a Bachelors of Science in Outdoor Adventure Education he has spent most of his time traveling around the U.S. and parts of Canada to climb and snowboard.

He has guided climbing in Acadia National Park, ME and Smith Rock State Park, OR. While confronting his phobia of taking rest days he enjoys long walks in the woods, drinking coffee, and daydreaming about the next adventure.


AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide
PCIA Single Pitch Instructor
Wilderness First Responder

5 stars

We were a group of 8 with varying skill levels and our guides were amazing. They worked together to ensure that we all felt comfortable on the wall, set up multiple routes, instructed those that needed it and trusted those that didn't. We all had a great time and learned a lot! I would say this is a must do activity if you are spending any time in Custer State Park.


5 stars

Our family of six had a blast with our Sylvan Rocks. They make everyone comfortable and listen to the needs and desires of everyone in the group. A great time for everyone at any level!


5 stars

Great day out with Brandon last week! He’s an awesome guide and got me up several beautiful and fun climbs. I love climbing around Sylvan Lake! The rock is spectacular and the views amazing. Thanks to Sylvan Rocks for providing such a wonderful experience!


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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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