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, but I still even get a few hand written notes and many of these reviews were emailed to me over the years.
Hello! The Schindlers would like to send a special thank you to our guide Chris for today’s amazing experience. As a 57 year old newbie along with my also 57 and wildly ambitious husband, we were probably a bit of a handful. Chris was wonderful. He took the time to teach us the ropes rather than just doing everything for us. He constantly checked in to see what we wanted, answered our questions, and encouraged our efforts. We had a fabulous time. Thank you Sylvan and especially Chris!
The Schindlers June 2019
Just wanted to take the time to say Thanks Daryl. I had a wonderful Tower experience. Cheyenne was an excellent guide and got me exactly where I wanted to be. If time permits I would love to go climbing with him again later in the summer. Appreciate yours and his efforts. Look forward to climbing with you guys again.
Brent G May 2019
Daryl, we had the time of our lives. I wrote reviews for yelp and TripAdvisor letting people know how great Sylvan Rocks is, can’t wait to climb with you again. Chris and Taylor were fantastic guides, please let them know how much we appreciated their expertise and good spirit!
July 16, 2017
Thanks again, Robin
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It was an epic trip of a life time
Repeat Guest Steve and his daughter Alyssa:
Many thanks to you and Chris. I thought last year’s trip would never be beat – most fun I have ever had – but, I think this year was even more fun! Really glad we added an additional day!
You should be very proud to have Chris on your team – he is one exceptional climbing guide! Once again we were totally impressed with his professionalism, knowledge and mastery of his craft.
It is both a pleasure and an honor to climb with him!
You guys rock! Hope to see you again soon!
June 12, 2014 – Elizabeth
My kids had a wonderful time! Thank you for what you do. you made our trip even more memorable!
Cheyenne was great. Very patient and always cheerful. Kept us safe at all times.
Here are a couple of photos that you may want to use. Cheyenne has some on his camera too.
Thanks for a great
Hey guys just a quick note from the farmers in Canada. Loved it ! Highlight of our trip south! ok well just for the guys . The girls… Baby bears. Ya hard to compete with babys ! We will give you a review and photos when we can.
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June 21, 12
A great big thanks to Lindsey and Chase – you were fantastic!! Our 4 “Big Kids” (ages 21-24) had a great time climbing! My husband and I had just as much fun watching! We all highly recommend this adventure!!
The Wolf crew
June 9, 2012 – Darin and Laurel Schriever
Thanks, the boys had a marvelous time and are ready to do it again!
June 3 – Neil Burri
I would like to thank you for the great day of climbing. We had an enjoyable day. Our guide Michael was very helpful and friendly. We would like to pursue this a little further, and would like some advice on how we should go about this. I understand it will be a process.
Thank you again.
Thanks Daryl! Either Lindsay or I will be sure to post a review. You guys are awesome. Our guide was a total professional and equipped us with what we needed to be safe, have fun, and keep going higher. Had a great time.
I’ll post some of our photos to the facebook page so you can do with as you please.
My daughters (21 and 22) went climbing with Chris on Sun May 6th.
They had an awesome time, both learned a lot and said they would be back to Sylvan Climbing.
Thank you so much for helping make my daughters birthday one of her best yet!
Aug. 2 – Steve Mach
Spud was an awesome guide.
We accomplished everything we had sought to accomplish in terms of learning technique and getting in a few climbs. Mike was so thorough that My daughter and I had no fears .
We would like to move onto the spires on our next outing. I appreciate your professionalism and that of Mike (aka Spud)
I will try to post something on trip advisor soon.
Thanks Again for making our day special.
July – Lisa B
We had a great time. It was the highlight of the trip. The guys were great and we will pass your name along to friends and family.
I posted on Trip Advisor the same day we got home.
July 28, 2011 – Steve V
Just wanted to send a quick email to tell you we had a great day with Chris. It really could not have been better. Chris was outstanding and covered all we wanted to do.
Good instruction on top roping and three great climbs.
We will be back out next July and hope to see you all again then.
The smile on our faces in these pictures show our pleasure.
Chris was awesome, very knowledgeable and focused on climbing. It was a perfect experience to get Hunter back into the sport. We are already looking for more climbing opportunities in our area. Next trip west we will need to hook up with Sylvan Rocks to climb Devil’s Tower. You run a top rate organization with top rate guides.
Have a great day
July 22, 2011 – Lori Roberts
My husband and boys had a great time with Matt – everything they had hoped for – it was the first time for all of them! Thanks for a great day.
21 July 2011
Thanks again for such a fun day. You are an excellent teacher. Thank you for your patience. We are sending a couple of pictures of Ty having a great time on the rocks.
Gord, Rhonda, and Tyler
July 16, 2011 – Keith Kimbrell, M.D.
Sorry this response is late. I had to get my son to help me send a digital picture I took of you. I had a spectacular time. Thank you for all of your attention and instruction. Invaluable. I can’t wait to climb again. Please use me as a reference anytime. Come see me in Crossville, Tennessee anytime.
July 11, 2011 – Shela
Hi Daryl, Brent had a blast! It really was a lot of fun for him and for us that were watching. It has inspired us to look for opportunities for Brent to climb here so that one day when we are back he could do a really cool climb with you!
We do have pictures. I will have my daughter upload soon.
July 7, 2011 – Cindy Gebauer
6-23-2011 – Kristin, Mark, Spencer and Tanner
Thanks guys, the experience was the highlight of our trip! Keep doing what you do, hopefully we find our way back there agian! God Bless 🙂
6-27-2011 – Jeff
Thanks for the checkback. I could not be more pleased with how Chris
conducted the climbs. We did the 80′ and the 180′ climbs and my 12 year
old daughter volunteered to be first up and down on the 180 footer. For
someone with no climbing experience at either of those heights, that is a
strong indication of how safe Chris made her (and the rest of us) feel
during the climbs. I have no hesitation recommending Sylvan Rocks and
Chris to anyone interested in climbing. He offered us excellent support
and instruction in recommending appropriately challenging climbs while
offering just the right amount of support and guidance.
On the way out to Yellowstone, we stopped at Devil’s Tower and I made an
idle promise to Gary that we should come back to climb it when I retire (in
two years or so). After the climbs with Chris, the idle promise has moved
up to solid goal, and I will have no hesitation seeking the assistance of
Sylvan Rocks and Chris to make that a reality.
6-22-2011 – Rosemarie
Daryl – I climbed with Cheyenne on Wed May 25th. Despite poor weather early on he made the day my best day of climbing ever! He pushed me and it was a great confidence builder. I will recommend your school to anyone interested in climbing. I will return as well!. Sincerely, Joel
Ians Best day ever – complete with drawings.
7-14-2010 – Will
Daryl – We all had a good time and we definitely appreciate the experience and the patience with all of us. I know the kids had a great time, even Taylor, especially after conquering that last climb.
Next time we are in the area, we will definitely give you a call again.
7/6/2010 – Adam
7/1/10 – Clifford
06/28/2010 – Curt
06/28/2010 – Chad
I very much enjoyed the day – Matt was great, so was the climbing, a very beautiful area. Thanks!
06/26/2010 – Tonya
June 20, 2011 – Anita
June 14, 2011 – Kevin E
06/13/2010 – Phillip and Katherine
June 12, 2011 – Ben C
Yeh thanks for taking me out and i was fine with the being in the not so good weather gave me some experience in how to deal with wet slippery rock and yeh just gotta keep working on different apsects of becoming a good climber and learning the equipment hopefully i will be able to get out a good amount this summer as long as im not too busy
05/16/2010 – Ed
Thanks Daryl, I did enjoy the climbing, and learning to use the equipment I had not tried yet. Im still pretty giddy about the experience of getting out of the gym and a little higher in the air! I plan to climb (6 hour guide) with you guys again during the second half of June. I would like to see the Cathedral spires or the Needles but would be happy to explore other routes in the Outlets and Middle Earth as well. When you have time, if you could check with Chris I would love to hear what you would suggest for me for area/routes and progression. Chis did a good job. I appreciate his focus on safety. I will have a look at my schedule soon and try to coordinate with his schedule. If he is not available I would be happy to climb with you as well. Thanks again!
Daryl,The Pea Ridge High School AP Biology Trip of a Lifetime was a complete success! The kids truly had a great time and rock climbing with Sylvan Rocks Climbing School was truly a highlight. Your 4 guides were great with our kids and after spending the day with them I am pretty sure that out of our 14 kids that 6 or 7 of them (maybe more) will be looking for rock climbing classes and clubs when they head off to college.
09/11/2009 – SamKristy
Our family of four participated in the Sylvan Rock Climbing adventure at Sylvan Lake in SD this summer. While we did many activities in South Dakota (Devil’s Tower, Mt. Rushmore, a chuckwagon dinner, and more), this was, by far, the highlight of our trip. Our 6 year old enjoyed the “tower of death,” our fourteen year old and her dad had fun trying all of the climbs. Even I, who am afraid of heights, did two climbs and was proud of myself for making it to the top of each one. I highly recommend this as a memorable experience for any family. You don’t need to be athletic or have any experience… just a willingness to try something new.
09/10/2009 – Susan
My son (15) and I did the six hour excursion with Archer. He was a terrific instructor – very patient and supportive and yet encouraging when needed. I was hesitant about rock climbing – my son was more interested – but I felt really safe and was surprised I was actually able to do it. We started our vacation to the Black Hills with the rock climbing trip and it was definitely the right choice. My son loved it as did I and it was the highlight of our trip. We will definitely look up Sylvan Rocks again if we are in the area. Thanks!
09/08/2009 – Juan Pablo
We climbed with Daryl, a day of great fun a nd very pleasant and professional company. He made the trip the most important day of our stay in S.Dakota. After the Primal Quest experience we definetly needed a climbing experience with Sylvan Rockes climbing MASTER
09/06/2009 – Casey
I climbed with Matt and was completely impressed. Have climbed with another larger rock climbing school and Sylvan Climbing matches up with anyone!!!!
09/04/2009 – Jessika
I would recommend Sylvan Rocks to anyone. My sister and I did a 6 hour day with Archer and it was one of the best things we did during our trip. I hope to tackle Devil’s Tower in the future!
09/01/2009 – Bob Ogle
My 9 year old son and I took the 6 hr basic class…it was awesome. We joined the local rock gym as soon as we got back home. Archer was our guide for the day and he was outstanding. We’ll be back next year for sure.
08/28/2009 – The Goffs
What a great experience – it MADE our trip! Our boys, ages 10 & 13, had a blast in the 1/2 day class with Lindsey and learned a lot. They can’t wait to come back and do the full day. Daryl went out of his way to fit us in at the last minute, and we’re so glad he did.
08/26/2009 – RatePoint Reviewer
Daryl was great company and a superb guide – we had a full days climbing and only wish we had more time with him.
08/25/2009 – David
Daryl,Pete, and the other guide did a good job with a diverse group of climbers (age and experience). They are all very patient and had a great sense of humor. Sylvan rocks does a great job. Would highly recommend!
08/23/2009 – Traci
I did a 6hr climb with Archer, and it was awesome. I had such an amazing day, and I would recommend Sylvan Rocks to anyone. Thanks Archer.
08/16/2009 – Dan K
Safety is very important to me. Daryl did an excellent job of ensuring all had a safe positive experience as skills would allow. We are grateful for his expertise and compassion. Dan
07/26/2009 Paul F
My wife, daughter and I took the 6 hour basic rocks course from Chris. This was the highlight of the whole 9 day vacation in the Black Hills. Climbing at Sylvan Lake was the best. We ran into Daryl and Archer at Devils Tower two days later and I wish we had the time to climb there also. A++ for Sylvan Rocks. I will be back.
I attended an introductory climbing adventure with a fitness center group. The instruction was excellent. Conditions were safe and pleasant. I hope to come back next year and do it all again
07/24/2009 – Caroline
By FAR the best thing I did during my 3 months in the Black Hills! The guides with Sylvan Rocks are fantastic. 3 of us went with Chris (and 2 tagged along to watch and photograph), and we had a GREAT time. He did a wonderful job of matching the 6 hour tour to our abilities and expectations, while teaching and challenging us all. SO MUCH FUN! Worth every penny and every sore muscle!
07/23/2009 – tommy
My 17 year old son and I had the time of our lives. It was the highlight of our vacation to the Black Hills of South Dakota. Andy, our instructor was awesome. He was super patient and super safe. I truly never dreamed that by days end my son and I would climb a 200 foot tall spire. I would recommend Sylvan Rock to anyone and everyone.
07/21/2009 – Diane V
My 20-year younger brother and I, who will soon turn 66 y/o, went rock climbing and rapelling with Lindsay on Sunday, 21 July. Our motivation was to snap some photos for Facebook of an “extreme” vacation. Undaunted by my age and severe lack of physical prowess, Lindsay bravely took us on and taught us the basics sufficient to provide a memorable experience and laughs for a lifetime. Lindsay embodied all the traits you would hope for in an instructor — patience, compassion, encouragement, experience and expertise and above all, safety consciousness. Thanks and special kudos to Lindsay!!
07/15/2009 – Seth Hawkins
I scheduled a last-minute lesson (day before) for my 6- and 9-year-old. Despite the logistical difficulties of such short notice, Daryl was accomodating and wonderful to work with in scheduling an appropriate class. Chris, our guide, was fantastic with the kids. I have seen many guides/instructors who have trouble adapting to younger children and was delighted to see how well Sylvan Rocks caters to this age group. Our experience was perfect from start to finish. I have climbed all over the country and was amazed at the climbing opportunities in SD — truly world-class — and at the quality of Sylvan Rocks’ program. I would be excited to bring my children back again and would enthusiastically recommend SD in general and certainly Sylvan Rocks in particular for parents looking to introduce their kids to climbing.
07/15/2009 – Matt Johnson
I had a great time going up the tower over the weekend. Top notch guide service all the way. Thanks again Chris!
06/24/2009 – J. Kruse
My family was out in the hills for a family reunion. Four of us went rock climbing with Daryl and had an amazing time. Next time we will need to take the rest of the family. We had the time of our lives and my 14 y/o nephew talked about it nonstop for the rest of the day!!! Daryl taught us with lots of patience and lots of humor. He is an excellent teacher – we learned things without even realizing that we were being taught. We had so much fun while maintaining safety as a priority! I’ve done some climbing before, but I learned lots of new tips and tricks and came home a better climber than I started. These will be memories that will last a lifetime. My only regret is that we only had the morning to climb, not the whole day. I would highly recommend this for anyone with a sense of adventure who wants to have an amazing time. The views from the top are the best! Thanks!
06/03/2009 – Bob
Hey Daryl, I had an awesome time Saturday. Chris was a great guide. He prompt me to finish what i started in a suttle way, and i completed every climb he suggested,with a few struggles on riddle lol. Chris said i should check out Granite sports. I did and bought my own shoes,harness, and belay(sp). I’m really looking forward to my next climb. be contacting you soon.
05/12/2009 – Libby Burkhart
The staff at Sylvan Rocks is outstanding. Patient, caring, professional and above all safety minded. I enjoyed every minute and never once felt unsafe.
04/27/2009 – Mark Orsag
These guys are awesome! Whether you are just starting out or already have some outdoor or gym experience, they will find the right routes and methods for you!
04/27/2009 – Hannah
We used Sylvan Rocks to take a group of children ages 9-12 climbing. They were fabulous! The guides were great about showing the kids a few key climbing techniques, then let them get comfortable on the rock near the ground before putting them on ropes. They were very encouraging to all of the kids no matter how high they went or how many climbs they did
Sylvan coordinated a rock climb for my family at Palisades State Park near Sioux Falls last July, and I have to say it was one of the highlights of our trip to South Dakota!!! My boys, ages 10 and 12, had a blast! Everyone I talked to/worked with at Sylvan was friendly and professional. I would recommend this for anyone looking for something a little different, adventurous and fun!