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Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School

228 Main St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1739
+1 207-288-8186
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Fantastic week of climbing with Christian!

My girlfriend and I spent an excellent 5 days climbing with Christian Helger, in addition to 2 days... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Sydney, Australia
Great trip, experienced guide

Booked a climb on otter cliffs, the views were amazing and the climbing was even better. We... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Max R
Green Bay, Wisconsin
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A tradition of excellence. Featured in Outside Magazine, the Boston Globe, Downeast Magazine, National Geographic Adventure and on Bill Green's Maine, CBS, Maine PBS among many others. Experience a half-day or full day climb with Maine’s original and most respected climbing school. Acadia Mountain Guides is one of the most sought out leaders of climbing instruction and guide education in the US. We specialize in designing unique, personalized climbing experiences for all ages and abilities on the scenic shores of Acadia and throughout Maine! Join us for a healthy and fun activity that is guaranteed to be a highlight of your vacation.All equipment is provided. Unlike other local seasonal climbing services, guiding is our profession! We guide year round on rock, snow, and ice. 100% of our staff are independently trained and certified above national guiding and medical standards set by the American Mountain Guides Association and the Professional Climbing Instructors Association. AMGCS has the distinction of being the only school in Maine to be dually accredited by both the AMGA and the PCIA. AMG has been under the same consistent ownership since opening in 1993. The owner, Jon Tierney, began guiding in 1983 in Acadia and is one of a handful of Americans to earn the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association (IFMGA) guide license. The IFMGA license is the PhD of guiding and requires full AMGA certification as a rock, alpine and ski mountaineering guide. We look forward to meeting you on the rocks!
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228 Main St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1739
+1 207-288-8186
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Reviewed 2 days ago

My girlfriend and I spent an excellent 5 days climbing with Christian Helger, in addition to 2 days of mildly intensive hiking and camping in Baxter State Park. Christian was an incredible guide: very professional, knowledgeable, friendly and easy to talk to. Further, his attitude...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Booked a climb on otter cliffs, the views were amazing and the climbing was even better. We absolutely loved our guide Paddy O'mara, he was really fun and really knew what he was doing. Would defiantly recommend it.

Thank Max R
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We signed up for a half day of climbing last Friday because I have climbed in the past and enjoyed it. My husband and I had the best time! Zak was our guide and did a great job of answering our questions and showing us...More

Thank samideeann
Reviewed 3 days ago

My wife and I had a blast climbing with Andrew. He was very professional and friendly. He was able to explain and discuss what he was doing really well. We definitely will be back if we're at Acadia.

Thank Albie789
Reviewed 4 days ago

We did a full day of climbing - my wife and I and 4 boys aged 5-16. We did two separate locations. Zach and Abby were great guides for the day. My family loved the experience. I was a bit nervous with my younger kids,...More

Thank Ron B
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I took two of my kids on a half-day climb with Acadia. Zach was our guide and he was great! Very thorough in going over safety techniques and climbing basics. The three of us did 4 climbs by the ocean during the half-day session and...More

Thank Jim M
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I had never been to Acadia or even climbing! It poured on the day we were suppose to go so we stopped by the day before and were able to reschedule to the following morning. We arrived and met our guide ALEX....More

Thank Debbie B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our guide was Alex on June 14th. He was awesome. He actually cared to make sure we had fun and were totally safe 100% of the time. He took the time out to actually get to know us and vice versa. Definitely recommend him for...More

Thank Joey C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Met my guide Zack first thing in the morning. After he inspected my personal gear and finished up the paperwork, we were climbing within the hour. Zack was great he busted his butt to keep me climbing. We started the morning climbing at the South...More

Thank Waderade812
AMGCS, General Manager at Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your review of your full day climbing experience with Zak! We enjoy customizing each climbing experience to exactly what each climber wants. The guides are patient teachers and fun to spend a day (or more) with! We climb all over Maine, New England,...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

All of the people through Acadia climbing school were wondering to work with and talk to. Everyone was very informative. I discovered them while looking for rock climbing in Maine as my husband and I were looking to transfer from the gym to outside (not...More

Thank lfranklin87
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Hello! My family is coming mid July to Bar Harbor. We have a four year old boy, is he too young to do this?
24 June 2015|
Response from AMGCS | Property representative |
Acadia Mountain Guides is pleased to announce that, effective 6/1/2017, we are once again taking climbers of all ages climbing. We welcome families with young children to get the out on the rocks regardless of age.
Dani C
Just curious on how many hours the half day is compared to the full day...?
11 March 2015|
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Response from AMGCS | Property representative |
Hi Dani Karen has pointed you in the right direction! A half day if 4 hours (8am-noon or 1pm-5pm) and a full day is 7-8 hours and normally begin around 9:00AM. These programs would be with you, your partner, and the... More