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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.

Certifications

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.

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5 stars

My family took Sylvan's beginning rock climbing class and I would recommend it 100%! We have an 11 and 14 year old and my husband and I felt assured that safety was Sylvan's priority. Our instructor, Ryan did a terrific job explaining techniques at an understandable pace and was very patient. He made sure we mastered each progression before moving on so we didn't feel rushed into the next level. We were all confidently climbing 50 feet by the end of our class. You couldn't ask for a more picturesque, safe, well-organized, and fun experience for the whole family. Thanks, Ryan and Sylvan Climbing School!

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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.

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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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  • Custer Chamber of Commerce
  • Granite Sports
  • Black Hills Climbers Coalition

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