Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School


Voted #1 family activity in Maine and rated the #1 activity in Bar Harbor every year since 2014 on Trip Advisor, the Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School has been featured by Outside Magazine, National Geographic Adventure Magazine, Bill Green’s Maine Outdoors, CBS, The Travel Channel, and many more.  Meet the guides and experience the AMGCS difference.

Can I Do It?

Can my family do it? Virtually anyone can rock climb. The guides at Acadia Mountain Guides say: “If you want to experience it, there are climbs for all ages and abilities in the park!” They regularly climb with clients from children to folks in their eighties.  It’s a great activity for an individual, couples, families, or groups and requires only a moderate level of fitness.

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Is it safe?

Just like driving a car, rock climbing carries some level of risk, but is not an extreme sport. Professional guides focus on minimizing your risks and each year, thousands of people climb safely for the first time. Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School outfits you with all needed safety equipment, such as helmets and harnesses, and provides you with expert instruction, guiding you every step of the way, so you can focus on the fun.

Who should I climb with?

In Maine, Acadia Mountain Guides has a long history of providing great instruction. They are accredited by the American Mountain Guides Association and the Professional Climbing Instructors Association. They have been under the same ownership since opening in 1993. AMG is led by internationally-licensed IFMGA guide Jon Tierney. Jon is one of 138 U.S. guides to achieve the IFMGA award, signifying the pinnacle of achievement for guides. The guides who work for Jon say he has been at the forefront of guide education for more than two decades. They appreciate his mentorship, attention to detail, and desire to constantly improve the delivery and safety of climbing instruction. You will too!


Since 2001, Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School has offered summer camps to youth 9-18. All camps encourage self-discovery, responsibility, fitness, and fun!  The outdoors is a great classroom and ideal for teaching decision-making, personal confidence, and teamwork, while learning new skills and having a blast. AMGCS was one of the first climbing schools in the nation to offer specialized rock climbing camps staffed by certified instructors and guides in a summer camp format. Have all the fun and excitement of summer camp with the reassurance of professional leadership! 

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