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Shankar Zamora-Vandyke

Shankar Zamora-Vandyke

Shankar is from the front range of Colorado, but we don’t hold that against him and are glad he has decided to spend his summers in the Black Hills. Shankar has been guiding with Sylvan Rocks since 2015 and is excited to share this climbers’ playground with our guests.

Shankar holds an Associates Degree from Colorado Mountain College. He is a no nonsense fellow with a quick smile.

Drums, fly fishing, ice climbing, blasting clay pigeons and living the good life take up his hours when not out on the rocks.


AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide
AMGA Apprentice Alpine Guide
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 boyfriend and I booked a 6 hour session with Shankar, and had a fantastic time! We both have indoor climbing experience, him some outdoor climbing experience, and we were afraid that we wouldn't find climbs that were "just right" for us. Shankar did an excellent job picking climbs for us, he made it fun, and we felt super safe the entire time. I highly recommend booking with him at Sylvan Rocks!


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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