Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School

Get Out and Climb This Winter!

Get out and Climb This Winter!

From top to bottom, photos by: Bill Wood, Seth Fischer, Andrew Krause, Chris Bartram.

Mountain guide Jon Tierney believes that anyone who likes being outside in winter and has a reasonable degree of fitness can be successful climbing ice.

“The learning curve for ice climbing is easier than rock climbing because you can put your crampons and ice axes almost anywhere,” says Tierney, who has been guiding and teaching ice climbing since the 1980s. He has even taken clients to western China to tackle first ascents of difficult ice climbs and mountain peaks. Tierney is one of 80 fully-certified international mountain guides working in the US (IFMGA) and the only one residing in Maine.

If you are interested in learning to ice climb, instruction is essential. Hiring a professional guide is the surest and fastest way of learning to ice climb safely. Tierney’s school, Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School, offers daily instruction in Acadia National Park, Camden Hills, and the Sugarloaf and Sunday River regions as well as over the border in the White Mountains. The school is fully accredited by the AMGA to provide rock, ice, mountaineering or backcountry skiing instruction or guiding. Start swinging those ice tools today!

Ice Climbing Courses Winter 2022-2023

– February 11-12 & 25-16
– March 11-12
– or by Private Arrangement

Mt. Washington, New Hampshire
Call for availability (207) 866-7562

Half- or Full-Day of Ice Climbing in Grafton Notch State Park, White Mountain National Forest, and other areas throughout Maine: Call for availability (207) 866-7562.

You can get that New England feeling of ice climbing in Acadia and Camden without the drive to Mt. Washington Valley. 




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