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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!


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5 stars

Great day out with Brandon last week! He’s an awesome guide and got me up several beautiful and fun climbs. I love climbing around Sylvan Lake! The rock is spectacular and the views amazing. Thanks to Sylvan Rocks for providing such a wonderful experience!


5 stars

Our guides Jeff (owner) and Ross were excellent. Taught us the basics of the gear, eqpt, tying the rope figure 8, and making sure we were secure and safe. Shared climbing tips and tricks. It was our family's first time and it was such a positive experience for the kids that they loved and enjoyed it inspite of cooler temp and the wind blowing keeping us cooler than what we wanted (floridians). They were great with the kids and were able to keep them interested, motivated and encouraged to keep going for the top or take a break and go for it again :) They made it fun!!! Now they want to climb wherever they can in florida ;) Thank you for taking such great care of our family and making it a memorable and enjoyable experience for all!


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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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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