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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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Awesome trip!

My boyfriend and I did a full day trip in the end of November. The weather was a bit cold but... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Kay C
Stamford, Connecticut
via mobile
Best part of our Bar Harbor trip!

Had an AMAZING time. Never climbed anything before in my life but our guide Alex (who was awesome... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2017
Brian S
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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
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My boyfriend and I did a full day trip in the end of November. The weather was a bit cold but nothing we couldn't handle (since we kept moving and warm). Since we did the full day, we had time to climb at two sites...More

Thank Kay C
Reviewed 11 October 2017

Had an AMAZING time. Never climbed anything before in my life but our guide Alex (who was awesome) took us to some beginner spots. Beautiful views at Acadia climbing cliffs that overlook the ocean/bay.

Thank Brian S
Reviewed 10 October 2017

Fantastic, thrilling experience. Our guide, Alex, was superb in every way. It was the first "true" climbing my girlfriend and I had ever done (aside from climbing walls on cruise ships). Alex encouraged and taught us more details than we could absorb, and made us...More

Thank David O
Reviewed 8 October 2017

We had an amazing time climbing with Alex. My husband and I have been climbing for 6 months, but have only been able to do indoor climbing so far. It was an awesome experience to get out there and climb on real rocks. Alex was...More

Thank Jamie H
Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

Expectations exceeded!!! If you have an opportunity to go out with Alex, then you will be guaranteed not only enjoy the day, but get the most out of your time on the rocks. He is a 14 year veteran and consummate professional who should make...More

Thank Mark D
Reviewed 5 October 2017

I had wanted to try this for over 20 yrs but as a 57 yr old woman, I wasn't sure. Brought my 27 yr old son and it was an amazing experience for both of us. Our guide was detailed, calm and very focused on...More

Thank Doreen D
Reviewed 29 September 2017

We were on an impulsive trip to Acadia and happened to stop in the shop to buy a map. My daughter has done some climbing in the gym, and got really excited when the fellow in the shop asked if she was interested in climbing....More

Thank emmaopeel
Reviewed 26 September 2017

This was our second time with these guys and we had an awesome time. We did a half day at Otter cliffs. They set everything up so all we had to do was climb and belay. Professional, safe and fun. Can't wait for next year!

Thank schmouger
Reviewed 7 September 2017

We booked half a day guided tour. Our guide was Nick, he was very thorough in explaining to us the different techniques of rappelling setup and was helpful and encouraging the whole time. It was exhilarating to climb on granite walls over the ocean while...More

Thank BlueDolphin14
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Excellent service from begging to end. Our guide Christian was very professional, knowledgable and excellent with safety for my 3 boys and I. We did 2 trips. One repelling and climb at the Otter Cliffs in Acadia National Park and the 2nd was climbing/hiking Katahdin...More

Thank John S
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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
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