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Jeff Llewellyn

Jeff Llewellyn | Co-Owner

Jeff began climbing at a gym in his home state of Indiana. Soon after cutting his teeth climbing outside at the Red River Gorge in Kentucky he packed up and moved to Boulder, Colorado. Since then, he has taken up traditional climbing, earned a degree in Outdoor Recreation Leadership from Colorado Mountain College, and gone on to become a guide for Sylvan Rocks starting in 2014.

After the 2016 season with Sylvan Rocks, Jeff went back to the Front Range of Colorado and became the Director of Guiding and Development for Evo Mountain Guides in Louisville. Now, he finds himself back in the Black Hills again, guiding and managing Sylvan Rocks.

When he’s not playing on rocks, Jeff enjoys travelling and hiking with his fiance Mykel and their puppy, Sanchito. Otherwise he spends his time biking, snowboarding, and kicking around a futbol.


AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
Wilderness First Responder
CPR / First Aid

5 stars

Hubby and 2 kids (11 and 15) had the pleasure of embarking on this climbing adventure with Shankar as guide and they absolutely loved it! Shankar fueled the day w knowledge, humor, and enthusiasm! We will proudly display our Sylvan Rocks car stickers and make reservations to climb again ASAP! Next time they climb they get to go to even cooler climbing spots cuz they have done “climbing 101” already! Bring snacks and water!


5 stars

As an experienced climber who had taken a bunch of years off of the rock I’ve started to get back into climbing with my wife and two kids, 9 and 11.I had some detailed nitty gritty questions about gear for my kids and some changes that have taken place in climbing since I’d dropped off so I stopped in Sylvan Rocks in Custer to see if I could find a few answers.Darryl was a wealth of knowledge and he was able to give me all the info I needed. In detail. I had been bumping into some of the Sylvan Rocks guides while we were climbing and they were impressive. Darryl carries himself in that same professional way as he dealt with our needs. Darryl didn’t suggest we upgrade any gear, but I took the opportunity to make some purchases of gear we wanted to give a try because Darryl was so helpful.I love it when a company earns my business. Sylvan Rocks did for sure.In a couple of years the kids will be ready to head out for some instruction from a qualified guide. Sylvan Rocks will get our business.


5 stars

My boyfriend and I booked a 6 hour session with Shankar, and had a fantastic time! We both have indoor climbing experience, him some outdoor climbing experience, and we were afraid that we wouldn't find climbs that were "just right" for us. Shankar did an excellent job picking climbs for us, he made it fun, and we felt super safe the entire time. I highly recommend booking with him at Sylvan Rocks!


American Mountain Guides Association

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Accredited by the American Mountain Guides Association

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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