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Larger Group Climbing Options

Create an adventure everyone will remember.

Youth groups, scouts, bowling teams or corporate teams can all enjoy a day out on the rock.

Call 605-484-7585 to reserve a spot for your group on the climbing calendar.  Reservations can only be made via phone, but feel free to email with questions.

 

Course Options and Rates:

Option #1 – Discover Climbing:  This is our most popular and most requested group option.  We’ll meet your group at Sylvan Lake in Custer State Park, suit up with climbing shoes, harnesses and helmets, and after some instruction covering moving around on the rock and tying into the ropes, we get our hands on the granite.  We set up top ropes to challenge everyone at their own level.  As time and ability allow, we teach students to belay and allow them to belay each other.  The focus of the course is not so much to make climbers out of the group, but rather provide a memorable adventure that is the high point of any Black Hills trip.  We do require that there be adults participating in the course with minors. 

Time:  Approx. 4 hours

Price: $76 plus tax per person

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Option #2 – 6 Hour Rock Day:   We start by top roping and getting comfortable with climbing and using the gear, then move on to having the students belay their guide as he/she leads climbing routes.  The guide then brings their students up the summits to rappel off.  This challenges the students to learn a lot in a short period of time such that they can belay, climb, summit and rappel with a guide.  A busy day with all gear and equipment provided.  We look to have one adult per 4 climbers so that we can keep an adult with each guide on larger climbs.

Time: Approx. 6 hours

Price: $165 plus tax per person

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Option #3 – Tetons Prep Course: While working with Exum Guides of Jackson, WY, on a day long prep-course designed to get climbers ready for ascending the Grand Teton, we also discovered a great group/team building course.  We cover the basics of tying in and belaying with a twist.  The long standing tradition of the hip belay will be used to get participants up a 3 pitch route then face their fear of heights and exposure by rappelling off the back side. Group members depend on one another to belay each other up the rock under the watchful eyes of the SR staff.  The summit is beautiful and exposed enough to keep everyone’s attention….in the words of my father on the way up the Grand Teton, “I now understand what you mean by EXPOSURE.”  It’s something you have to experience!

Time:  Approx. 5 hours

Price:  $145 plus tax per person

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Option #4 – Climbing Devils Tower:  A two day (minimum) course for highly motivated groups.  (Students must possess certain skills and physical abilities before we will allow a summit attempt).  Depending on how we do it, the Tower summit day is 5-7 pitches, so motivation and endurance are critical to success.  Obviously the view from the top is wonderful.  It may be an option to do both days over at the tower if that is preferred, but we usually do the first day in Custer State Park, SD.  Day 1) An even more intense version of a 6 hour rock day: We cover all the basics of climbing, rappelling AND introduce multi-pitch climbing systems so everyone is on the same page fur a successful summit attempt.  Day 2) Up early for an alpine start (as in 1st light, 4am in the summer).  From the visitors center near the base of Devils Tower we hike up to the base and begin our day.  Groups of 2-4 students per guide will leave the ground for a full day of stemming, jamming, hanging out on belay ledges and summiting Devils Tower.  Once there, the journey is only half over, as rappelling down beside the route we went up is its own adventure. 4 long raps get us to the ground.  Expect to be worn out after this one!  1 adult per guide is required for this adventure.

With big groups it is preferred to split the group into two, and set things up so that each group summits on a different day. The logistics will be far easier on everyone.  Definitely an experience everyone will remember!

Time: 2+ long days

Price: Call for options

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Option #5 – The Cathedral Spires Summits:  These beautiful granite spires are some of highest points of the Harney Range.  2-3 pitch routes of varying difficulty can offer an exciting way to learn what climbing is all about and have a chance to practice what you learn.  The summits offer a unique view of Black Elk Peak and on a clear day one can see out to the plains of the Badlands and appreciate the sudden and dramatic uplift called the Black Hills.
This would be a multi day adventure with a few options.  Perhaps we could begin with a Discover Climbing Adventure to learn the basic skills.  Then come back the next day and head right up – shooting for 2 summits.  A great day and a half of adventure climbing and group bonding with the beautiful, rugged, yet fragile area we have to enjoy.

Time: Lots of options

Price: Varies with activity

All Group Option Prices based on groups of 14 or more.  We can do small groups at our normal price structure.  Call 605-484-7585 for more info

 
On behalf of all of my boys we want to thank you for an absolutely amazing day. Jeff was just an awesome guide – super knowledgeable yet safety first. 
As my 11 year old said “I have never been so scared yet feel like I did something so amazing.” Literally life changing experience for them.
Please thank Jeff again and I will post a review on our return.
 

God Bless.

David Anderson

Devils Tower 2016

It was an epic trip of a life time

 
We will write reviews and send photos over the next couple of days
 
Tony and Cheyenne are remarkable people!
 
thx!

 

Scouts rock climbing on Devils Tower

Monte M and his Scouts

Devils Tower - 2015

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.

Hanna

Youth Group - 2009
Scouts rock climbing on Devils Tower