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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

My husband and I used Sylvan Rocks climbing school for a lesson at Palisades State Park. We had limited climbing experience, but our instructor, Jeff, did an amazing job. My husband and I had different comfort levels on the rocks, but Jeff was still able to keep us both engaged. He pushed our limits without making us feel uncomfortable. Jeff's passion for the sport is evident and only surpassed by his passion to teach it. You 'rock' Jeff 😁! I cannot recommend enough!


5 stars

We chose to rock climb as a family of four last minute and we're so glad we did. It was one of the highlights of our South Dakota trip. Daryl found us a guide who was personable and patient. My 5 and 7 year old were able to climb 15 and 30 foot cliffs and my wife and I found the climbs exhilarating and fun. The price was reasonable and it fit well into a day trip to Custer State Park.


5 stars

Went with three kids (9, 8, 7 years old) and husband. Shankar was FANTASTIC! Got all three kids to the top, and both adults. None of us had any previous climbing experience. This was by far the highlight of our trip to SD. Best way to experience Custer Park!


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