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Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School

228 Main St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
207-288-8186
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Ranked #3 of 24 attractions in Bar Harbor
Type: Sports Camps/ Clinics
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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! « less
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We took two classes at Acadia Mountain Guides over the summer and had a blast! Both classes were with Mark Warner, who is extremely knowledgeable about climbing and super friendly. The first class was a half-day of learning how to build anchors. Mark went out with us to Otter Cliffs where he showed us how to build bomber anchor systems,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Our guide Avi was amazing. He was so patient and such a great instructor. We climbed right over the ocean with amazing views. We had four climbers from 9 to 40 and he set up climbs that challenged all of us. Definitely worth the money.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Stephen was our guide. Although my husband and I have hiked previously, I am now nearly eighty years old and suffer from a condition that makes my feet and lower legs both numb and painful. This obviously interferes with balance on a mountain hike. My husband, in his 70s, is challenged by a recent hamstring injury and therefore could not... More

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Saint Charles, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

Avi was a great guide, and was wonderful with our three kids. Aged 9-15. I would highly recommend him. We felt very safe the entire time. Everything was very professional.

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Sarasota, Fl.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

We did a half day climb. Basically we were all newbies but our guide Michael was amazing at explaining things to us and staying calm and supportive throughout. We went to otter cliffs and the climb up was more challenging than I thought, but we all made it:-). Great family experience, especially for us Floridian flatlanders:-) awesome views, too, by... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This was by far the best activity my family and I have ever experienced. It exceeded our expectations. Our guides name was Summer and she was nice, courteous, professional and knowledgeable. She kept us safe, pushed us to climb higher and made our half day adventure awesome. Be prepared for a short hike and really using your legs. This climbing... More

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I climb regularly at a gym, but have never gone climbing outdoors. I signed up for a 4 hour trip, and my guide, Mark, took me out to a great, classic climbing area in the park. He picked out routes that were a perfect choice of challenge and skill building, while being easy-going, professional and a great guide. I had... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

This was my first rock climbing experience, as it was for the rest of our party of six too. We all had a positive and personally challenging experience. The guides talked us through anything that felt a little challenging, and we got to experience belaying and climbing. The belaying was a very empowering feeling. To support your friend who is... More

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Bedford, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We signed up for a family climb our two kids, aged 5 and 8. We had no experience and weren't sure what to expect. It was such a thrill...much more exciting, challenging, and fun than we anticipated. Our guide, Henry was amazing! If it weren't for his confidence, encouragement, and obvious skill, we would have chickened out right at the... More

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Richmond, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Nice little shop with just the right essentials. Didn't go climbing but we did hesitate a lot. One of our kids is 3 so we thought next year would probably be a little better. Again great shop (everything was on sale), great staff.

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