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“Fantastic climbing experience for newbies”

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!
Williamstown, Massachusetts
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“Fantastic climbing experience for newbies”
Reviewed 2 July 2014

Both my wife and I had never gone rock climbing before, and we found this climbing school through Groupon. Our guide was Alex, and he was fantastic. He took us down to Otter Cliffs in Acadia Natl Park. Alex was patient with us ... encouraging ... a lot of fun ... made us feel safe ... and a super pleasant guy to chat with. He took us over the water, where he taught us to climb and repel. When we come back to Bar Harbor, we will look up the school and hope that Alex is available.

Visited June 2014
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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“Awesome experience for the kids”
Reviewed 1 July 2014 via mobile

Our family with kids aged 8, 11 and 14 had a great climb today. Our guide was STEPHEN. He was great. We felt very confident that we were safe and and in good hands. We climbed South Bubble and it was perfect for first time climbers.

Very easy day. Made the reservation the day before. Went to the shop downtown and completes waivers. Got our gear. Gear was in good shape. And drove our own van with Stephen about 30 min into the park. Nice short hike to the climb. Stephen set up an easier and a more challenging route and we all gave it a go.

We all had success. My wife had a small moment of being scared and Stephen was right on it. He was excellent in his encouragement and guidance and put her at ease.

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Burlington, Vermont
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“Great family activity”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

We did a 1/2 day climb with Alex last week and it was a highlight of our vacation. We were out by the water - the view were great, and the climbing was just the right level for 3 beginners. Certainly gets the adrenaline going - but we felt 100% safe all along the way.

Visited June 2014
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Houston, Texas
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“Family Climb Was Awesome”
Reviewed 29 June 2014

Did the half day family climb. Kids ranged from 7 to 12. The guide was great and was very good with the younger ones. Everyone had an awesome time.

Visited June 2014
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Hampden, Maine
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“First Time Climbers”
Reviewed 23 June 2014

Our Guide Mark took us to Otter Cliff for our first ever rock climbing adventure. We loved everything about it! The repelling, belaying, and learning about all of the devices involved, made this a top 5 adventure for my Husband and I. Our guide was knowledgeable, professional, and more importantly, a blast to spend 4 hours with! We would definitely recommend this to everyone. We will be repeat customers for sure.

Visited June 2014
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