Our Guides

  • AMGA Certified Guides
  • All Gear Included
  • Adventure of a Lifetime

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.

Certifications

AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide
AMGA Apprentice Alpine Guide
Wilderness First Responder

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!!

Google

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!

Google

5 stars

I can’t say enough good things about Jeff and Brandon and the awesome experience I had climbing in Custer State Park! I learned so many cool new skills, achieved new goals, had great conversation, and felt super safe the whole time. Jeff also went out of his way to spend a couple additional hours with me to talk through all the cool things to do in Custer during my visit. Not to mention, he and Brandon have pinspired me to pursue van life part-time, and they have been providing me with helpful tips throughout my van search. Who would have thought so much could be achieved in one day? I highly recommend a visit to climb with them!

TripAdvisor

American Mountain Guides Association

The Highest Standards

Accredited by the American Mountain Guides Association

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.

Visit AMGA

Our Friends

  • South Dakota Outdoor Shop
  • Black Hills Basecamp
  • Custer Chamber of Commerce
  • Granite Sports
  • Black Hills Climbers Coalition

We Love Answering Questions

Thank you for your question / comment!

Book Now Call Now