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Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School

228 Main St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
207-288-8186
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Ranked #2 of 25 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

It was fun experience. Guide was really friendly and set routes efficiently. He gave little information regarding outdoor climbing but when we asked can we accompany him setting routes he said next one and did not invited us for next one. We expected we will learn some details about how to set outdoor routes but we did not. Hands down... More

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Darien, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Jon is a fantastic guide for families. We were very lucky to have him as a guide both mornings. He is a generally pleasant person, tolerant with kids (and adults!), and particularly encouraging for kids like ours (ages 5 and 9) that have not climbed before. He's extremely knowledgeable and experienced, and is able to mix it up and keep... More

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Maple Grove, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We had a fantastic experience with our guide Abi. Our three kids (14, 11, 8) truly enjoyed the three climbs that he setup for us. We finished the day by rappelling over the cliff above the ocean and then climbing back up. It was an experience the kids are still talking about.

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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

My children and I had a great time. The experience was near the top of my 7 year old son's list and at the very top of mine on this trip. We tested my 13 year old daughter's limits and I do not believe that anyone could have been more supportive of her than Alex. I always thought about climbing... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

My son had an outstanding half day session (should have done full day!) with our guide, Stephen A. of the school when we were vacationing in Acadia in late Aug. It was an instructive and entertaining experience for my 10 year old. Most importantly, while I'm no expert, I felt safety and proper climbing protocols were always observed, which is... More

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We had a great experience with our guide Steven. He tailored the climb to every member of our family- from us parents who had climbed in the past to our timid 10 year old and our overly adventurous 8 year old. The location in the beach was beautiful as well! Thanks! My kids are already asking to climb again!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Beautiful views Very knowledgeable guide and he was so encouraging and made you feel super comfortable and he was a great teacher! I'm a teacher and this guy was amazing. I would recommend this to everyone!

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Our 3 kids loved rock climbing with guide Mark. These three boys (aged 9 - 11) can be a handful, but Mark was excellent with them and gave them a rock climbing experience that was challenging but doable.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014 via mobile

I set up a family climb for two kids & one adult. They had a blast! Admittedly both kids take trapeze classes and have done indoor rock climbing, but this was so much better! The views were gorgeous too. We will definitely do it again, and I may even send my 10 yo to climbing camp with them next year!

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We spend a full day climbing with Eric and Summer as our guides. It was FUN. Our group ranged in age from 7 yrs to 46 yrs and we all enjoyed it. Eric, in particular, was very patient. We highly recommend Acadia Mtn. Guides!

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