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Rock Climbing Rope Review

Advances in climbing rope technology continues to make rock climbing easier and safer. I’m sure Jan and Herb Conn would have loved to tie into a modern dynamic climbing rope rather then the 60 foot piece of manila climbing rope they had. Poor quality climbing ropes were a main reason that early adventures climbed with the motto “the leader must not fall.” Imagine sport climbing without leader …

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Blue Bell Lodge Review

The Blue Bell Lodge This is the place to stay if going horseback riding is on your Black Hills vacation agenda.  Custer State Park trail rides operates near the lodge and will take you through some of the most beautiful areas in the park on their horseback rides.  There are chuckwagon dinners and cowboy entertainment to keep the whole family entertained (and fed) after a day of …

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Testimonials and reviews our guest have shared over the years.

During our busy time of the year when we are too tired to think.   It’s good to reflect on how taking people rock climbing has made some people really happy.  Some guest even claim the experience changed their life.  Sylvan Rocks Climbing has great climbing guides who are passionate about what they do.          TripAdvisor  is where most people post reviews these days, …

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Belay device review

Belay – Rappel Device Review So you are in the market for a new Belay – Rappel Device for your next climbing trip? These little peices of steel and aluminum are essential and important pieces of climbing gear. They allow us to safely transfer the load of a falling climber to our harness, and catch them with little effort. The friction developed by these devices is amazing, …

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