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Jeff Johnson

Jeff Johnson

Jeff is the voice and face of the East River Branch of Sylvan Rocks. During the school year he molds the minds of Sioux Falls’ high school students, and in the summer he takes his skills outdoors teaching climbing to our guests at Palisades State Park.

In 2014, Jeff and Sam Smolnisky published Palisades State Park – A Climber’s Guide. That project gave Jeff a good excuse to do a lot of climbing and learn his way around some of the less popular Palisades crags.

During the off-season you will also find Jeff on the slopes as an active ski patroller at Great Bear Ski Valley in Sioux Falls.

Certifications

AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
Outdoor Emergency Care
CPR / First Aid

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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5 stars

We had such an amazing time! Brandon was our guide and he was incredibly knowledgeable, helpful, and personable! My husband and I went for the 6 hr climb package and it was everything that we hoped it would be! We were challenged and exhilarated, yet felt very safe the entire time! We are novice climbers and Brandon invested the time to teach us basic climbing skills-which we greatly appreciated. He was amazing at gauging our comfort level and providing us with climbs that were a great fit for us with amazing views! We can’t say enough great things about Brandon at Sylvan Rocks and we can’t wait to bring our kids back to experience the challenge and fun that climbing provides! This package is an amazing value for the investment! Climb on! : ).

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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!

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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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