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Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School

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Address: 228 Main St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609
Phone Number: +1 207-288-8186
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Mon - Thu 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri - Sun 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
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A tradition of excellence. Featured in Outside Magazine, the Boston Globe,...

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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Family afternoon climb

Had and amazing time with Brian and Paddy! They were able to accommodate all skill levels for our family of 6. It's was fun and thrilling and both guides were calm with a great... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Had and amazing time with Brian and Paddy! They were able to accommodate all skill levels for our family of 6. It's was fun and thrilling and both guides were calm with a great sense of humor that made the whole afternoon a wonderful experience! Would highly recommend!

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Our family of 6, including kids age 6, 8, 11 & 12, all had a great time climbing with Andrew. None of us had ever climbed before and the site we went to provided enough of a range of challenges for all of us - from the daredevils in the group to those with some fear of heights. He was... More 

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Georgetown, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

After seeing all the positive reviews, I knew my family would want to try this -- it did NOT disappoint! Andrew was an incredible guide -- down to earth, encouraging, informative, and able to put all of us at ease. We had 4 kids and my wife and I -- all of us with only minimal exposure to rock climbing... More 

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Gex, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I had a great evening climbing session with Brian O'Leary. Discovered Otter Cliffs for the first time. Thanks!

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Lisbon Falls, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Our family visits Acadia every year and we decided to try a rock climbing lesson this time for something different. A fun time was had by all! Alex had a great attitude and was patient with my 12, 10 and 9 year old children. I particularly appreciated his extra diligence around safety. We would do it again!

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Ocala, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Our first family rock climbing experience was awesome! Our climbing instructor,Mark, was extremely knowledgeable, fun, personable and patient--just perfect for our family. He made it fun for all of us despite our different climbing abilities. Thanks for an unforgettable experience!

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Gap, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It was our family's first time rock climbing and we loved it!! Zack and Andrew were wonderful guides-always helpful and full of encouragement. They always had tips for all of us newbies...To top it off, we climbed right beside the ocean...it was beautiful! We had a great experience and definitely want to do it again!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We arranged our first rock climbing experience with Acadia Mountain Guides because of its reputation for professionalism in managing expectations, motivations, fears and desires. Zak, our guide, was not only an accomplished climber, but he skillfully dealt with our apprehensions in a most sensitive and empathetic way. His pre-climb orientation was concise yet reassuring. His guidance and encouragement on the... More 

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AMGCS, Owner at Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School, responded to this review

Nancy, Thank you for the review and I will pass your praises on to Zak. Clients should have very high expectations of quality from their guide and att AMG it's fair to say that even our interns, who often assist with large groups and summer camps, possess skills equal to or greater that many other instructors. We take pride in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved Acadia and hiking the trails, but adding this adventure added to the magic! I was with my 9 year old daughter and some friends (3 kids altogether). Brian and Andrew provided a challenging, safe, fun and awesome afternoon! Thx for the memories! Highly recommend!

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AMGCS, Owner at Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Yes indeed Acadia is a magical place with many great outdoor things for families to do. We are glad that chose to go climbing with Acadia Mountain Guides and hope to see you out on the rocks again. Jon More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I brought my 8 year old son on this trip so he and I could have some time to bobs away from his younger brother. This was his first time climbing and I was worried about the level, the guides temperament, and the overall day in general. My son can be a handful at times, especially with new experiences, but... More 

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