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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 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

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

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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