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Ryan Emery

Ryan Emery

Ryan is in his first season with Sylvan Rocks as a Single Pitch Guide. He was born and raised in Rapid City, SD. He spent his time climbing, hiking and skiing in the Black Hills while attending high school and working at Granite Sports.

Ryan is enrolled at Montana State University in Bozeman, pursuing a degree in Kinesiology with the long-term goal of becoming a physical or occupational therapist. He also works for the MSU Outdoor Recreation Program, where he works in the climbing gym, assists with avalanche education and co-instructs credit-based climbing courses.

Ryan now spends his free time skiing, ice climbing, rock climbing and backpacking across Southwestern Montana and in the Black Hills when he returns home for the summers. Ryan hopes to continue to grow as a mountain guide while also pursuing his chosen degree.

Certifications

AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
Wilderness First Responder

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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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 💯💯.

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5 stars

We had such an amazing time! Brandon was our guide and he was incredibly knowledgeable, helpful, and personable! My husband and I went for the 6 hr climb package and it was everything that we hoped it would be! We were challenged and exhilarated, yet felt very safe the entire time! We are novice climbers and Brandon invested the time to teach us basic climbing skills-which we greatly appreciated. He was amazing at gauging our comfort level and providing us with climbs that were a great fit for us with amazing views! We can’t say enough great things about Brandon at Sylvan Rocks and we can’t wait to bring our kids back to experience the challenge and fun that climbing provides! This package is an amazing value for the investment! Climb on! : ).

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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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  • South Dakota Outdoor Shop
  • Black Hills Basecamp
  • Custer Chamber of Commerce
  • Granite Sports
  • Black Hills Climbers Coalition

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