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“safety on the rocks” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School

Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School
228 Main St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
+1 207-288-8186
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Owner description: 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!
Weston, Massachusetts
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“safety on the rocks”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

I just finished a week with Acadia Mountain Guides chief, Jon Tierney. We went to Joshua Tree in CA and Red Rocks in NV. His knowledge of the areas is amazing, and he tailored climbs for a friend and me - so we had challenge but were not overpowered. Cracks galore, slabs, and faces with cracks. Weather great. I like the fact he teaches you how it should be done safely and efficiently while you are having a ball doing the climb.

Visited March 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Great mountain, great guide”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

A friend and I just spent a couple days on a wonderful winter climb of Katahdin in Baxter State Park, Maine. Dick Chasse, our guide, did a fine job of leading two fit (but still - late 50s!) guys up snowy & icy Katahdin's 5268 feet. Dick is not only a fine guide and good companion, but full of information on the park's flora, fauna and history. While we had expected the usual backwoods freeze-dried dining, DIck is a fine cook, and prepared great meals with fresh ingredients. I strongly recommend Acadia Mountain Guides for both overall quality and value.

Visited March 2013
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Lewiston, Maine, United States
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“Rockclimbing school”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

Had an awesome one on one rock climbing/rapelling class on the cliffs of Acadia. Would absolutely go again!

Visited May 2012
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Gray, Maine
2 reviews
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“3-Day Ice Climbing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

An amazing adventure and great experience. Dick was a great guide and instructor. I learned so much about ice climbing, mountaineering, and how to accomplish this safely. Some of the most amazing views while climbing up on Mt Washington on the final day. An experience that will not be forgotten. I will use Acadia Mountain Guides again when it comes to climbing rock, ice or mountains in New England and would recommend this guide service to anyone looking to do the same. Thanks again to the entire staff for a great 3 days.

Visited January 2013
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Brewer, Maine
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“Great Fun!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

This was so much fun. Definitely something any tourist should consider doing while visiting Maine. Great fun and fully satisfied!!!!

Visited August 2012
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