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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 were a group of 8 with varying skill levels and our guides were amazing. They worked together to ensure that we all felt comfortable on the wall, set up multiple routes, instructed those that needed it and trusted those that didn't. We all had a great time and learned a lot! I would say this is a must do activity if you are spending any time in Custer State Park.


5 stars

My husband and I did the 6-hour rock climbing day. We are novice climbers with minimal experience and felt this was perfect duration. We learned a ton from our guide, Chris. We very much appreciated the instruction with various equipment and terminology. Highly recommend this activity for those who want to get outdoors and try something truly special!


5 stars

My husband and I used Sylvan Rocks climbing school for a lesson at Palisades State Park. We had limited climbing experience, but our instructor, Jeff, did an amazing job. My husband and I had different comfort levels on the rocks, but Jeff was still able to keep us both engaged. He pushed our limits without making us feel uncomfortable. Jeff's passion for the sport is evident and only surpassed by his passion to teach it. You 'rock' Jeff 😁! I cannot recommend enough!


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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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