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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

Wife and I did a 6 hour with Brandon. We’d both climbed indoors a bunch, but we’d never done the real thing. We managed to hit 4 very different routes by Sylvan Lake. Brandon was knowledgeable, safe, and generally a great time. I loved every minute of it.


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!


5 stars

Brandon was amazing, very conscious of everyone's safety, and great working with our group of 3 ages 8-67! A memorable day and so glad we did the 6 hour day in Custer State Park! The highlight of our trip and highly recommend!!


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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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