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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

Brandon and Jeff were phenomenal guides. I was with Jeff for day two in Custer and Summit Day on Devils Tower. He was knowledgeable, patient, encouraging, and enhanced the experience. Safety was their priority number 1 and I did not feel unsafe at any given point. I would highly recommend Sylvan Rocks Climbing School to anyone looking to climb in the Black Hills.


5 stars

Ross was our guide and he did an awesome job showing us the basics of rock climbing and making the whole group comfortable with what we were about to do. Overall just a cool guide! Very pleased with the customer service and clear communication from the Sylvan Rocks team. 10/10 would recommend to new and experienced climbers.


5 stars

Our climbing outing with Sylvan Rocks was unforgettable! My husband and I did an 8-hour guided tour with Brandon--who was VERY knowledgeable. He designed the day specifically for us: bringing us to routes that fit our needs and ability levels. We climbed a variety of routes that ranged in difficulty, including a multi-pitch climb. It was clear Brandon took safety seriously, so we felt comfortable the entire time. What a wonderful way to see the Black Hills! For context, we had some experience climbing in a gym before our trip and typically climb 5.9-5.10 routes. The climbing in the Black Hills was challenging and fun!


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