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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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Great guide service

We had a great half day with Zach at otter cliffs. He was very knowledgeable, patient, and safe. My... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Matt H
Burlington, Vermont
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Great Experience

We novices had a great time rock climbing with Paddy! He was encouraging, patient, and supportive... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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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 yesterday via mobile

We had a great half day with Zach at otter cliffs. He was very knowledgeable, patient, and safe. My wife and I have been climbing for 20+ years and both kids have done a bit so the climbing difficulty was below our abilities, but the...More

Thank Matt H
Reviewed 2 days ago

We novices had a great time rock climbing with Paddy! He was encouraging, patient, and supportive. We felt very safe and really enjoyed the opportunity to rappel down (and climb back up) a cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean! It was the highlight of our trip.

Thank Anna81685
Reviewed 2 days ago

we did a 4:1 2 12 year olds and two adults. Novices but all have done gym climbing. Patty had great advice, totally chill, and it wasn't rushed. If you want to get more climbs in, go 2:1, but we had time to not be...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Our 12-year-old daughter had the experience of a life-time! Thanks to the absolutely professional and super-safe instruction by our guide Nick! He is a great teacher and is very friendly with a wonderful sense of humor. He created a great learning environment: teaching her new...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

An amazing experience!! Definitely my favourite thing to do in Bar Harbor. Ask for Christian he rocks!!

Thank kmeyer774
Reviewed 6 days ago

I did this with a friend and we had a blast thanks to our guide, Savannah! Not only was she a great teacher, but she was also extremely knowledgeable about the wildlife in the park. I Would defintely recommend this as a way to immerse...More

Thank shidataher
Reviewed 6 days ago

We had an amazing experience with Zack from Acadia Mountain Guides yesterday afternoon. Our family of four includes one 19 year old and one 17 year old. Zack took us to the most beautiful climbing spot on the cliffs of the ocean. It was a...More

Thank Jessica M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the highlights of our vacation! Climbed with my 19 year old daughter , 16 year old son and husband . We loved it, very challenging and fun. Abby was our guide, very patient and always felt safe with her. We climbed at pebble...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've been wanting to try rock climbing for years and finally got my chance. Check in was an easy process and Zach, my guide, was ready to go as soon as I got there. We went to Otter Cliffs in Acadia National Park, a beautiful...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Thank you Zach for a great day of climbing. We had two families out for a private climb with all different climbing abilities. Couldn't have been a better day.

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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