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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

Great experience! My wife and I have not done any outdoor climbing, but were willing to be challenged! We started on a fun climb up Beer and Pretzels overlooking Sylvan Lake! Jeff did a great job at understanding our skill levels and accommodating climbs to both push us, allow us to learn, and most of all enjoy our time! I would definitely recommend this experience. We are excited to climb more now that we have some skills to work with and are excited to climb again when we visit the Black Hills next time. Big thanks again to Jeff for being so professional, knowledgeable, and answering all our questions. Get out there and climb some crystals in the beautiful Black Hills!! :).


5 stars

Great experience, the instruction felt personal, and time on the rocks was maximized. Shoutout to the incredible instructors, Shankar, Carissa and Taylor; they were relaxed, down to earth and cool. They were thorough with safety and technique, and I felt confident with the basic knowledge I left with.


5 stars

Our first "outdoor" climbing adventure - Custer State Park in the Black Hills. Brandon matched us to routes that were challenging but not so difficult we couldn't finish. His knowledge of the sport and the area are second to none. We summited 4 routes - and I was even able to "try" a 5th route graded at 5.11 a/b that was awesome. We are planning on returning next summer - hopefully with a few friends from our indoor gym. Haven and I recommend Sylvan Rocks without question!


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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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