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“Best Acadia Family Experience” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School

Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School
Ranked #1 of 42 Tours in Bar Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
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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!
Potomac Falls, Virginia
2 reviews
“Best Acadia Family Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2013

We spent several days in Acadia and the absolute highlight of our trip was rock climbing for a half day with Acadia Mountain Guides. After being rained out on our first try, they were able to schedule an extra session with the owner Jon for us. Boy did we luck out. We learned from the website that he was one of only a few guides in the US certified to guide anywhere in the world and that he had developed climbing instructor training programs. On the cliff he was clearly confident, competent, and very quick. He set up several different climbs and all five of us got to try 4 - 5 climbs. Each had a different challenge. We even got to rappel down to the ocean and we learned how to belay each other. I was a little scared being belayed by my 13 year old but Jon always kept a hand on the rope just in case. We will definitely be back to do more. Everyone loved it.

Visited July 2013
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Sharon, Massachusetts
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“Life changing trip guided by a first rate climbing guide.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2013

Our guide, Eve was right on target for getting us to go beyond our abilities. She was patient yet pushing us to take the challenge. The staff was professional and I never questioned any safety issues, they had everything covered. We had one of the best climbing experiences.

Visited July 2013
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New York City, New York
2 reviews
“Great experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2013

My husband and I spent the last three days of our honeymoon in Acadia. We had only climbed twice before at an indoor gym but were excited for an experience outside. Aaron took our reservation over the phone and was very organized and professional.

Our guide was Avi and he was awesome. My husband and I are both teachers and Avi was a real natural teacher. He was calm, confident, and encouraging. His directions were always very clear and never overwhelming. We had such a great time. We're so thrilled that this was our first outdoor climbing experience!

Visited July 2013
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King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, United States
2 reviews
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“Excellent experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2013

Went on a half-day beginners climb with 3 adults and a 4 year old. Our instructor, Summer, was amazing. Very patient, and a great teacher! She was great with the 4 year old as well. We had a great time and highly recommend the company.

Visited July 2013
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Bar Harbor, Maine
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3 reviews
“Awesome!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2013

My teenage son and I recently climbed Otter Cliffs with Acadia Mountains Guides. Our guide, Alex, was great. He was professional yet personable and he gave us an amazing, confidence building experience. We left with wide grins that lasted all day and great memories that will last a lifetime.

Visited July 2013
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