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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.


AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
Wilderness First Responder

5 stars

We've been climbing with Sylvan Rocks for years and each time it is a highlight of our trip to SD. Our guide over the years has been Chris, who is always friendly and attentive to your safety and skill level. We strongly recommended Sylvan Rocks for an adventure of a lifetime!


5 stars

We had a great time climbing with Jeff at Sylvan Rocks Climbing School. The company is really well run and you can tell that they are fully invested in making sure you have a great time. The owners are guides themselves so they do everything they can to make sure you feel safe, challenged, and satisfied with your experience. We even went out during an unseasonably snowy day in September and had a blast. Highly recommended!


5 stars

Wife and I did a 6 hour with Brandon. We’d both climbed indoors a bunch, but we’d never done the real thing. We managed to hit 4 very different routes by Sylvan Lake. Brandon was knowledgeable, safe, and generally a great time. I loved every minute of it.


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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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