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Ross Oyler

Ross Oyler

Sourced locally and responsibly, Ross grew up in Rapid City, SD. After earning his B.A. in International Studies and Russian (and assuring us he is in fact not a government spy), Ross escaped the flat lands of Vermillion, SD and returned to the Black Hills to begin his first season as a Single Pitch Instructor for Sylvan Rocks.

Ross’ climbing career began in the Black Hills with his brother, but it has taken him across the globe as he recently spent a year studying and climbing in Kyrgyzstan. His time there solidified his commitment to the sport and pushed him to pursue certification as a guide. Although his Russian is starting to get a little rusty, Ross is excited to be back in the Black Hills and sharing his love for climbing and the outdoors.

When he is not scaling rocks, you can find him working at the South Dakota Outdoor Shop, playing his drum set, or watching Formula One racing!


AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
Wilderness First Aid

5 stars

I did an 8 hr climbing day with Shankar and it was wonderful! We talked before-hand about my skill level and what I was hoping for on our climbing day. Shankar picked out some fun multi-pitch climbs for me at the Cathedral Spires. I have some years experience in rock climbing so I wasn't looking for an instructional day. Shankar started me right out on a classic climb up one spire and then we climbed 2 other spires that day. We climbed one spire twice when I expressed an interest in a more challenging route right next to the classic route we climbed first. I'd climb with Shankar and Sylvan Rocks again any day.


5 stars

Our guide Brandon was incredible and was so fun to share stories with! Getting to climb and rappel at Sylvan Lake was one of the most incredible and beautiful experiences I’ve ever had, there’s nothing else like it.If I ever decide to go rock climbing again, I will definitely choose Sylvan Rocks 💯💯.


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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