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Lindsay Stephens

Lindsay Stephens

Lindsay began working with Sylvan Rocks in 2007, and continues to share her love of climbing with enthusiastic pizazz. Lindsay spent several seasons tracking down the first ascents of the pioneers of Custer State Park Needles climbing, Jan and Herb Conn.

Her guide book, South Dakota Needles: The Adventure Climbs of Jan and Herb Conn, is already in its second printing. Until Lindsay’s explorations, some of these old climbing routes, put up in the 1950’s by a couple of legends in tennis shoes, had never seen a second ascent.

When not working with Sylvan Rocks, Lindsay teaches English at the University of South Dakota where she is working toward her Doctorate in English.


Tenured Single Pitch Instructor
Wilderness First Responder
Outdoor Emergency Care
CPR / First Aid

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

Our family of six had a blast with our Sylvan Rocks. They make everyone comfortable and listen to the needs and desires of everyone in the group. A great time for everyone at any level!


5 stars

Brandon was our guide for the day. We chose the 4 hour climbing adventure and was absolutely perfect for us. My husband and I don't have a lot of experience with climbing and Brandon did a fantastic job at explaining everything. He talked us through every step of the way and felt safe. He went the extra mile with us and greatly appreciate it! Would go again for sure. Thanks so much!!


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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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