Who We Are?

Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School is a company of professional guides. Since our inception in 1993, we have required formal training and evaluation of all our guides simply because it was the right thing to do. Our guiding standards are among the best in the industry and represent the highest standards in Maine. Our guides are friendly, dedicated professionals whose talents lie in their technical expertise, climbing ability and their skill as educators. The quality of our guides is what makes Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School your best source for climbing instruction.

Our guides are veteran climbers with several years of diverse climbing experience. By requiring in specialized guide education courses we maximize competency and efficiency and greatly reduce risk. Our greater efficiency allows more time to teach you important skills, and to provide you with more climbing opportunities without feeling rushed. All are also certified at or above the Wilderness First Responder level of medical care. Our internal training keeps everyone up on the latest techniques and current on the best local practices.

We are committed to providing you with the best climbing experience possible. It is our goal to provide a supportive climbing environment that maximizes your time and minimizes your risk. Our mission steers us to continually develop cutting edge ideas and techniques that improve the delivery of our instruction. Many of these ideas have become the foundation both the AMGA and PCIA training programs. We believe that the guiding art requires extensive climbing experience and a multi-faceted educational background. We take our philosophy to heart and work to promote responsible climbing and wilderness use as well as responsible guiding on both a local and national level. We are proud to be participating in the development of professional standards that other guide services can only aspire to. Simply put, we are attentive to the details.

We look forward to sharing our love of high places with you and invite you to take a look at our backgrounds.

Meet our Guides...

IFMGA Guide

AMGA Rock Guide

AMGA Alpine Guide

AMGA Ski Mountaineering Guide

 



Jon Tierney
Owner, Guiding since 1983


"Jon is a very experienced professional guide and one of the best educators in the AMGA. His client care and technical skills are excellent." - Rob Hess (former AMGA Technical Director and Bela Vadasz (IFMGA Guide)

Jon is certified internationally by the UIAGM/IFMGA and examined and certified at the highest international standard by the AMGA as a Rock Guide, an Alpine Guide, and a Ski Mountaineering Guide. Certification in each discipline requires passing a rigorous multi-day peer assessment exam. Currently there are less than 80 American IFMGA guides. Jon began climbing as a teenager in the mid 70's and came to Maine in 1982 and fell in love with the pink granite of Acadia. In 1984 he co-founded Maine Bound, the University of Maine outdoor program which he directed until 2001. During the summers in the late eighties and early nineties Jon traveled west to work for the National Park Service as a backcountry climbing ranger and paramedic. In 1993 he gave up the annual migration westward to established Acadia Mountain Guides as a summer guide service serving Acadia National Park. In 2001 Acadia Mountain Guides became a year round guide service offering not only rock climbing instruction by also ice climbing and mountaineering. With a passion for rock, snow, and ice, Jon's accomplishments as a climber and guide include over 70 high altitude peaks as well as difficult first ascent rock and ice climbs and hundreds of multi-pitch rock and alpine routes around the world.

Jon has been dedicated to wilderness education for three decades. Seeing a need for improved professional standards in guiding, Jon became actively involved in developing nationally recognized guide education programs. He has served multiple terms on the AMGA board of directors and as was the chair of the AMGA accreditation program for several years. He has strived to synthesize good concepts, challenge usual paradigms, and develop new ideas to raise guiding standards. From 1997 - 2006 Jon led the development of the AMGA Top Rope Site Manager program which was the precursor to the current AMGA Single Pitch Instructor program. He most recent project has been to co-found the Professional Climbing Instructors Association, an organization specifically committed to developing the technical and educational skills of climbing instructors. Jon is the owner of Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School.
Like many full time guides, Jon also maintains a second career. He is a flight paramedic with LifeFlight of Maine. Jon has been a paramedic for 25 years and his emergency work resume includes working for the National Park Service as a backcountry climbing ranger in Rocky Mountain National Park as well as working in numerous urban and rural medical care systems.

Guiding Credentials

  • IFMGA Licensed International Mountain Guide (2006)
  • AMGA Certified Rock Guide (1992)
  • AMGA Certified Ski Mountaineering Guide (2006)
  • AMGA Certified Alpine Guide (1997)
  • AMGA Instructor / Examiner for Rock Discipline 1997 - 2007
  • National Director of Education for Professional Climbing Instructors Association
  • National Coordinator for AMGA Top Rope Site Manager Discipline (1998-2004)
  • Professional guide since 1983, climber since 1975
  • AMGA professional member since 1988
  • Registered Maine Guide

Medical / Rescue Credentials

  • National and State Licensed Paramedic 1988 - present.
  • Certified Flight Paramedic - LifeFlight of Maine
  • Critical Care Paramedic Certification, University of Maryland (1998 and 2010)
  • Lead Instructor for Wilderness Medical Associates 1986 - present
  • Formerly a mountain rescue climbing ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park and a rescue team member on Denali.
  • American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education Level 2 Instructor, Level III Certified.
Presentations and Writing
  • Technical editor of Go Climb, published by Rock and Ice Magazine
  • Author of Climber's Guide to Clifton Crags
  • Wrote Winter Mountaineering and Backcountry Travel in Baxter State Park for the park authority.
  • Technical Rescue Standards for Maine Search and Rescue
  • Annual presentor at national and regional outdoor education and wilderness risk conferences.

Related Credentials

  • Founding Director Emeritus of Maine Bound, the University of Maine outdoor education program
  • Founding Director of the Professional Climbing Instructors Association and current PCIA Educational Director
  • Served two terms on the Board of Directors for the American Mountain Guides Association
  • Served on the Board of Directors, Friends of Baxter State Park
  • Curriculum author, national program coordinator and instructor trainer for the former AMGA Top Rope Site Manager Course and Certification
  • Guided over 70 successful high altitude (over 18,000') mountaineering ascents

Education

  • B.S. Parks and Forest Recreation with additional studies in education and emergency medicine.

 

IFMGA Guide

AMGA Rock Guide

AMGA Alpine Guide

AMGA Ski Mountaineering Guide

Silas Rossi
Guiding since 2002

Silas was first introduced to climbing by IFMGA guide Jon Tierney while a student at the University of Maine studying Parks, Recreation and Tourism in the late 90's. After getting a start leading student trips, Silas joined the Acadia Mountain Guides team in 2001. In those early days of climbing on the dramatic seaside cliffs of Acadia National Park, Silas realized his passion for outdoor adventure and has been making a living as a mountain guide ever since. Silas splits his guiding year between summer alpine rock in the Tetons and winters full of ice climbing and teaching avalanche courses in New Hampshire. Fall and spring are a mix of international destination trips (guiding and personal), teaching credit rock courses at Plymouth State University, and guiding in Acadia National Park and the Gunk’s.

“My goal is to provide adventurous people with new life experiences,” he says, “helping them push their limits both mentally and physically while effectively managing potential hazards. While there is inherent risk involved in climbing, a professional guide can minimize that risk while providing an environment that is conducive to learning.” In addition to extensive guiding throughout New England, Silas has also guided in many of the rock and ice climbing areas throughout the US, and several high altitude peaks in Ecuador. He has led mountaineering trips in the Northern Cascades, guided alpine rock in the High Sierra and Teton’s, as well as numerous trips to Red Rocks, NV. In 2009, he guided a successful summit of Carstenz Pyramid in New Guinea (one of the “7 summits”), and many successful trips on The Grand Teton. In addition to these venues, Silas has explored the Canadian Rockies and the Central Alaska Range in search of some of the world’s best ice climbing, as well as scoured Alaska’s Chugach and Roger’s Pass, British Columbia for trackless powder.

Guiding Credentials

  • IFMGA Licensed International Mountain Guide (2012)
  • AMGA Certified Ski Mountaineering Guide
  • AMGA Certified Rock Guide
  • AMGA Certified Alpine Guide
  • PCIA Instructor Course Provider
  • AMGA Rock and Alpine Discipline Instructor / Examiner
  • AIARE Level 1 Course Leader, Level III Certified
  • Registered Maine Guide, RecreatioAMGA
  • professional member since 2002
Medical and Rescue Credentials
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • Former President U. Maine High Angle Rescue Team

Education Credentials

  • B.S. Parks and Forest Recreation

 

PCIA Single Pitch Instructor Provider

Dick Chasse
Guiding since 1998


Dick wanted to be a mountain guide since he was a teenager, after taking a leadership role in his high school outing club and job shadowing at a university outdoor program. A seminal ice climbing experience in Maine’s Grafton Notch sealed the deal, Dick became a man of the mountains. After developing as a climbing instructor for the University of Maine Outdoor Program, Dick began guiding for Acadia Mountain Guides in 1998.

Dick is a lifelong Mainer, hailing from the Waterville area. He now calls the coast and the Blue Hill peninsula home. He is not just a great guide, but also a well rounded human being. Dick grew up sailing and worked for many years on boats (not only can he climb any mast and tie any knot, he can also run a crane). Music has always been a large part of his life. He played violin for eleven years, and now studies classical and flamenco guitar. He and his wife built their own home, and have worked for many years to develop their gardens and grounds to the point where they are raising much of their own food. If you are lucky enough to be on one of his multi day back country trips, you will be eating very well.

Dick has guided and climbed throughout the US and in South America. Favorite routes include Wafer Step in Acadia National Park and Barren’s Direct on Katahdin in Maine, North Ridge Mt. Baker in Washington, Vulcan Cayambe in Ecuador, Damnation Gulley on Mt Washington in New Hampshire, and Dark Shadows in Red Rocks Nevada.  Embracing his Franco-American roots, Dick’s goals for the coming year include expanding Acadia Mountain Guide’s offerings in Quebec, especially in the Parc de la Gaspesie and surrounding area.

Dick’s specialty is the attention he devotes to his clients; he truly loves guiding. “I constantly find myself thinking about how to make the next experience better for my clients. I consider it an honor to take people out to the cliffs and mountains,” he says. “The wonderful secret of guiding is that I learn as much from my clients as they learn from me.”

Guiding Credentials
  • PCIA Single Pitch and Lead Climbing Instructor Course Provider
  • AMGA Rock Guide Course
  • AMGA Advanced Rock Guide Course
  • AMGA Alpine Guides Course
  • AMGA Ice Instructor Course
  • AIARE Level III Avalanche Certification
  • Registered Maine Guide - Recreation

Medical Credentials

  • Wilderness First Responder


 

PCIA Single PItch Climbing Instructor

Diana Grijalvi
Guiding since 2010

Diana fell in love with rock climbing ten years ago in New Mexico when she took a climbing class in college. She enjoys the wild places it brings her to and the associated community, sense of freedom and lifestyle that can go along with it.  Following college, Diana worked in an electronics lab and soon realized her calling to work outside and found a job in experiential education that allowed allowed her to work outdoors and still have plenty of time to travel and climb. For the past three years she has spent her winters climbing in beautiful places, spring and falls leading school trips in various national and state parks in California, and summers guiding in gorgeous Acadia National Park.

Guiding Credentials
  • PCIA Single Pitch Climbing and Lead Climbing Instructor Certification
  • AMGA Rock Guide Course
Medical and Rescue Credentials
  • Wilderness First Responder

Education Credentials

  • B.S. in Astrophysics and Mathematics

 

Acadia Mountain Guides Scuterud

PCIA Single PItch Climbing Instructor

Alex Scuterud

Alex's first experience climbing was short and pointy. As a young boy he climbed about three feet and fell, landing on a pointy rock and, in a fit of tears, promising he would never climb again. Years later, after much convincing he tried climbing again at a gym in Stamford CT and discovered his love of climbing. Since then Alex has pursued the outdoors with a passion beginning with attending Outward Bound's Rocks XT course in North Carolina. Alex graduated from SUNY Adirondack where he served as a trip leader and president of the SUNY Adirondack ROCX club. Following university life, he moved to Maine to pursue an internship with Acadia Mountain Guides. Throughout his seven year climbing career he has climbed in many places including: New River Gorge, The Grand Canyon, Red Rocks, Adirondack mountains, Acadia National Park, Rumney New Hampshire and North Carolina. Alex is one who takes his work very seriously but you would never know it because he believes life should be fun and is often laughing around every corner.

Guiding Credentials

  • AMGA Rock Guide Course
  • PCIA Single Pitch Climbing and Lead Climbing Instructor Certification
  • Project Adventure Level 2 Challenge Course Facilitator
  • PCIA Climbing Wall Instructor

Medical and Rescue Credentials

  • WMA Wilderness First Responder

Education Credentials

  • A..S. in Adventure Sports Leadership and Management

 

 

Acadia Mountain Guides Katz

PCIA Single PItch Climbing Instructor



Avi Katz

Born in Israel and raised primarily in Maine, Avi had his first taste of rock climbing at a young age with a local Boy Scout troop. After graduating high school, he found employment at the nearest climbing gym, where he quickly refined his own fundamental skills and began teaching belay classes and private lessons. Avi began climbing outdoors with new friends and coworkers in the Shawangunks, NY and at Rumney, NH. He fell in love with both the ethics of traditional climbing and the gymnastic nature of sport climbing. In 2009, Avi made a commitment to climbing instruction, enrolling in an Outdoor Education degree program at Central Wyoming College in Riverton, WY. Since completing his degree he has instructed climbing at various levels in Arizona, California, Colorado, Maine, New Hampshire, and Wyoming.

Above all else, Avi values safety and reward in his guiding. His drive to provide the safest, most effective, and rewarding climbing experience, motivated him to become an American Mountain Guides Association certified Single Pitch Instructor, and to complete the next step in his guide training, the Rock Guide Course. In the future he plans to continue his certification process and become a certified Rock Guide. Avi's perfect day of guiding is one that leaves his students with new skills, a feeling of accomplishment, and a shared passion for climbing.

When not enjoying the vertical life, Avi can be found trail running, cycling, planning his next adventure, or exploring the darkest recesses of his local library.

Guiding Credentials

  • AMGA Rock Guide Course
  • PCIA Single Pitch Climbing and Lead Climbing Instructor Certification
  • PCIA Single Pitch Climbing Instructor Certification
Medical and Rescue Credentials
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Certification
Education Credentials
  • A.A. Outdoor Education and Leadership
  • NOLS Outdoor Educator in Mountaineering and Climbing


 

Acadia Mountain Guides Reed

PCIA Single PItch Climbing Instructor



Summer Reed

Summer grew up in the Adirondacks in New York, which  allowed her to pursue a variety of outdoor activities starting at a very young age. It didn’t take long for her to realize that rock climbing and skiing were her two passions in life. Summer went to Green Mountain College, and became involved in the college’s outdoor program by leading rock climbing trips for her peers. After receiving a degree in Adventure Education, she has spent her summers  working for AMG. She enjoys teaching and providing an experience to her clients that will impact their lives.  She believes that people learn more about themselves through each and every climbing experience, whether they are beginners or lifelong mountain climbers.  

In the fall, Summer enjoys traveling to different climbing areas around the country before the ski season begins.  Some of her favorite places to climb are The New River Gorge, Indian Creek, Red River Gorge, Sinks Canyon and, of course, her hometown of Keene Valley, NY.

Guiding Credentials

  • PCIA Single Pitch Climbing and Lead Climbing Instructor Certification
  • AMGA Single Pitch Climbing Instructor Certification
Medical and Rescue Credentials
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • National Ski Patrol Outdoor Emergency Care
  • AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Certification
Education Credentials
  • B.A. in Adventure Education


Acadia Mountain Guides Merian

PCIA Single PItch Climbing Instructor



Jennifer Merian

A lifelong summer resident of the island, Jenny began climbing five years ago right here in Acadia on the majestic sea cliffs. Since then, she has actively pursued climbing recreationally and professionally, working as an instructor at her university’s indoor rock wall and leading weekend trips to local crags around the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.  Jenny’s pursuit of climbing has taken her around the world from the stunning alpine peaks of New Zealand to the desert cracks and dramatic granite walls of the western United States. She has committed herself to developing as an outdoor professional by earning her Single Pitch Instructor certification with the American Mountain Guides Association and pursuing a Master’s degree in Sport and Recreation Leadership.

As a guide, Jenny aspires to positively impact lives by sharing with others the inspiring beauty and challenge of the mountain environment. She aims to craft a unique experience for her clients that enables them to realize the personal growth and environmental connection that can be found through vertical pursuits. Whatever your climbing goals, she looks forward to getting to know you and helping you master the tools to achieve them.

Guiding Credentials

  • PCIA Single Pitch Climbing Instructor Certification
  • AMGA Single Pitch Climbing Instructor Certification
Medical and Rescue Credentials
  • Wilderness First Responder
Education Credentials
  • B.A. in Anthropology, Minor in Spanish
  • Graduate student in Outdoor Leadership

 

Acadia Mountain Guides Ackley

PCIA Single PItch Climbing Instructor



Stephen Ackley

Stephen began climbing five years ago with the Outdoor Adventure Program at Virginia Commonwealth University. The many trips and clinics they offered allowed Stephen to develop his talents as a climber and as an instructor. Stephen is passionate about climbing and loves to share that passion with his students.

Before joining the Acadia Mountain Guide's team Stephen took the next step in his climbing career by taking courses with the American Mountain Guide Association and the Professional Climbing Instructor Association. He is a Single Pitch Instructor certified by both the AMGA and PCIA. Stephen has climbed at the New River Gorge, the Obed, El Potrero Chico, Joshua Tree, Tahquitz, Red Rocks, and has of course done a lot of climbing here in Acadia. He has recently been awarded a scholarship that will send him to Peru for a expedition to Yanapaccha .

Guiding Credentials

  • PCIA Single Pitch Climbing Instructor Certification
  • AMGA Single Pitch Climbing Instructor Certification
Medical and Rescue Credentials
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • National Ski Patrol Outdoor Emergency Care
  • AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Certification
Education Credentials
  • B.A. in Adventure Education


 

Acadia Mountain Guides Mark Warner

PCIA Single PItch Climbing Instructor

Mark Warner

This is Mark’s second year with Acadia Mountain Guides. Last year he was an intern and had the pleasure of working AMG’s summer camps with a lot of great guides! Mark has been climbing full time for the last 5 years and is a certified Single Pitch Instructor and Wilderness First Responder. He has climbed in Nevada, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine. When the snow starts to fly, he looks to the mountains for mountaineering and enjoys leading winter trips in both Baxter State Park and on Mount Washington.

Guiding Credentials

  • PCIA Single Pitch Climbing and Lead Climbing Instructor Certification
Medical and Rescue Credentials
  • Wilderness First Responder
Education Credentials
  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering


Acadia Mountain Guides Mike Lero

PCIA Single PItch Climbing Instructor

Mike Lero

Michael was introduced to the outdoors through the Boy Scouts, where he developed a solid foundation of outdoor skills and earned his Eagle Scout award in 2011.  After high school, Michael learned to climb in Rumney, NH and he has been climbing ever since.  He has also climbed in Vermont, Massachusetts, Maine, Colorado and Kentucky.  Some of Michael’s favorite climbs include Holderness Arete at Rumney Rocks, Thin Air at Cathedral Ledge, Old Town in Acadia NP, Fandango in Boulder, and Return of the Manimal at the Red River Gorge.     

Michael enjoys guiding and strives to provide his clients with a safe and enjoyable experience.  "One of the things I love about guiding is the instructional aspect.  I love explaining a concept and seeing that my client really understands it or coaching a client through a tricky part of a climb.  When I started climbing, I had great mentors that encouraged me and answered my questions; it's cool for me to be able to return the favor and share my passion with new climbers!"         

When he's not climbing, Michael enjoys skiing, trail running, hiking and cycling. 

Guiding Credentials

  • PCIA Single Pitch Climbing Instructor Certification
Medical and Rescue Credentials
  • Wilderness First Responder
Education Credentials
  • Currently pursuing a B.S. in Biology from Gordon College in Wenham, MA with the intention of continuing to P.A. school.



Acadia Mountain Guides Feder

PCIA Single PItch Climbing Instructor

Henry Feder

A college orientation trip provided Henry’s first exposure to outdoor rock climbing and he hasn’t looked back since. For the last three years, Henry has been dedicated to developing himself as an outdoorsman and as an instructor. He studies outdoor program facilitation as an Adventure Education student at Green Mountain college and has taken a seminal role in the school’s outdoor program. Henry runs backpacking, backcountry skiing, and rock and ice climbing trips.

In his free time, Henry can be found climbing in the Green Mountains or the Adirondacks. Climbing has brought him to Kamouraska, Canada; the Cordillera Blanca range in Peru; Utah; Wyoming; and mountains all over the northeast. Henry’s favorite climbs include Pamola ice cliffs on Katahdin in Maine, Quadrophenia and Mineville Pillar in the Adirondacks, and the west face of Ishinca in Peru.

For Henry, the mountains are the ultimate classroom. As an instructor, he loves sharing the beauty of the mountains and the skills needed to thrive among them. His ultimate goal in guiding is to give people a new experience and new skills in a beautiful setting that they will never forget. Henry has instructed clients of all ages on single pitch terrain in Maine, New Hampshire, and Canada with Acadia Mountain Guides. He looks forward to another summer of guiding in the mountains of the northeast.

Guiding Credentials

  • PCIA Single Pitch Climbing and Lead Climbing Instructor Certification
  • AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Course
Medical and Rescue Credentials
  • Wilderness First Responder

Education Credentials

  • currently studying Adventure Education



Acadia Mountain Guides PCIA

Pat Hall

Pat Hall grew up in central Maine, where he was able to experience much of what the state has to offer.  Pat’s start in outdoor recreation was in whitewater canoeing with the Boy Scouts.  In 2011 and 2012, he guided week-long whitewater canoe trips, and, in 2013, he trained and managed guides as Chief Guide for Maine High Adventure Camp.

Pat began rock climbing in 2010, and, after working for Acadia Mountain Guides’ retail store, got hooked on mountaineering and ice climbing as well.   Pat apprenticed for Acadia Mountain Guides in the winter and spring of 2013.

His hobbies include rock and ice climbing, white-water slalom racing, canoe tripping, and simply being out in the woods.

Pat enjoys working with children, and he particularly lovse when his clients have little Eureka! moments as they master a skill.

Guiding Credentials

  • PCIA Single Pitch Climbing Instructor Certification
Medical and Rescue Credentials
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • EMT
  • AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Certification
Education Credentials
  • B.A. in Political Science, pursuing Law degree

Per Diem & Location Guides

Peter Doucette

IFMGA Guide

AMGA Rock Guide

AMGA Alpine Guide

AMGA Ski Mountaineering Guide



Peter Doucette
Guiding since 2002

Climbing is a thread that runs through many aspects of my life, personal and professional. For me, good days out in the mountains, working or playing, are difficult to beat.

Personally, I’m passionate about moving well in the mountains, long alpine routes, elegant ski lines and being out in the weather. The cumulative effects of shorter climbs and single pitch discoveries have sharpened my abilities and made the big days more enjoyable. Recent ascents in Alaska, like Mount Foraker’s Fin Wall and the Moonflower Buttress on Mount Hunter have opened my eyes to movement strategies in big terrain. My climbing partners and friends continue to inspire me with their climbing, style and fortitude in the often cold and usually vertical terrain we share.

Professionalism as a guide has been important to me since I began my career working for the National Outdoor Leadership School in 1998. I understood early on that there were many ways to approach the challenges inherent in mountainous terrain. Solid risk management means continually pursuing the best information and broadest skill set. These are the tools that allow me to climb and work in wild environments and terrain all over the world with confidence and efficiency. Informed climbing and guiding with the comfort, education, and objectives of my clients in mind give shape to the many forms that a guided day can take.

With the highest level of training and certification available, I am better able to set clients up for success while maximizing the margin of safety. Many clients have said I’ve made challenging climbs far more accessible than they ever imagined. There are a variety of techniques that can make your climbing objectives more enjoyable and attainable.

Helping you realize your potential as a climber, and working to manage the challenges that present themselves, keep me enthusiastic about guiding and instructing.

Guiding Credentials

  • IFMGA Licensed International Mountain Guide (2012)
  • AMGA Certified Rock Guide
  • AMGA Certified Ski Mountaineering Guide
  • AMGA Certified Alpine Guid
  • American Mountain Guides Association Professional Member since ‘02
Medical and Rescue Credentials
  • Wilderness First Responder Instructor
  • AAIRE Level I - III Avalanche Training with Level III Certification

Related Credentials

  • Mountain Instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School

Education Credentials

  • B.S. Secondary Education

 

Mark Vermeal

AMGA Rock Instructor

Mark Vermeal
Guiding since 1994

When I think about my role as your guide, I believe that Gaston Rebuffat said it perfectly. In Starlight and Storm he wrote: “People have a fixed idea of what a guide is: a professional, who, in return for a certain sum of money, takes you to the summit to which you aspire. But, the guide is more than that: (s)he is a competent friend who controls the party, but who also teaches you and stimulates your interest. … The choice of companion is as important as the choice of the climb.”

Although as a professionally trained and experienced guide, my role is definitely one of risk manager; it’s also significantly more. Yes, I will work diligently to bring you to the top of the cliff or mountain, however, like Rebuffat, I believe that is only part of my responsibility. I am a guide because I love the mountain environment and want to share my knowledge of these places with you. I feel it’s my responsibility to provide you with the instruction and inspiration to enjoy these places as much as I do. As your knowledge of the systems and equipment increases, you will develop a greater sense of security, and confidence. As your technique improves, so will your satisfaction and you will find yourself inspired to seek new challenges. Every step of the way we will work as a team to further your understanding and enhance your experience. As a seasoned teacher with over 20 years of classroom and wilderness skills instruction experience, I know how to modify the learning environments and feel that almost any setting or situation can provide us with opportunities for instruction.

Depending on your skill level, experience and goals, I will customize each day to your needs. Beginner climbers will require more instruction. More advanced climbers may simply want to cover more difficult terrain or just more terrain than they can on their own. Either way, I want to be your personal guide and someone who assists you to achieve your goals and inspires you to continue to progress.

Guiding Credentials

  • AMGA Certified Rock Instructor
  • AMGA Rock Guide Course
  • AMGA Single Pitch Climbing Instructor Course Provider
Medical and Rescue Credentials
  • Wilderness EMT
  • Wilderness First Responder Instructor
  • AAIRE Level II Avalanche Training Course

Related Credentials

  • Vice President of Safety – Outward Bound USA
  • Former National Director of Risk Management and Safety – The Student Conservation Association
  • Professional trainer of Operational Risk Management
  • Board of Directors Pemi Valley Search and Rescue Team
  • Member of the Wilderness Risk Managers Committee

Education Credentials

  • M.Ed. Science – Plymouth State College, 1994
  • B.S. Forestry – University of Maine, Orono, 1986

 

Ryan Campbell

PCIA Single Pitch Instructor Provider

Ryan Campbell
Guiding since 2006

Ryan grew up in Denver, Colorado but did not find his passion for rock climbing until attendingDixie State College in southern Utah.   He began guiding in 2004 for the Auraria Campus Outdoor Adventure program in Denver, CO that serves the three institutions on that campus (Metropolitan State College of Denver, University of Colorado Denver, and the Community College of Denver).   After completing his BA at Metro in Tourism Operations he continued on to pursue his Masters degree from UCD in their Information and Learning Technology program and continued working with the Adventure program as a graduate assistant to the director.   Ryan is now an instructor for the Recreation Professions department at Metro State.

Ryan's first love is rock climbing, but has also guided ice climbing and canyoneering multi-day trips.   From learning to climb in local indoor gyms, Ryan now sets his sights on longer and longer trad routes. With Colorado's front range in his back yard, he has honed his rock skills on some of the most classic lines in the western US; from Eldorado Canyon, to the South Platte, Flatirons,   Boulder Canyon, and frequent trips to the Utah desert.

Ryan spent 3 years working the sea cliffs in Acadia and now works per diem for Acadia Mountain Guides in the Colorado Front Range and other western areas.

Guiding Credentials

  • AMGA Rock Instructor Course
  • PCIA Single Pitch Instructor CourseProviderr

Medical Credentials

  • Wilderness EMT

Education

  • B. A. in Tourism Operations
  • M. A. in Information and Learning Technology

 

AMGA Rock Instructor

Ryan Howes
Guiding since 2007

Ryan Howes is a year-round professional guide working in Maine and New Hampshire. He strives to provide his guests with high quality and rewarding experiences and is known for his abundant energy, good cooking, tasty beverages, love for American poetry and all around healthy living. Ryan is an AMGA Certified Rock Instructor. He is a Certified Wilderness First Responder and has completed the Emergency Medical Technician-Basic course. Ryan is an active route developer, and crag steward for many local climbing areas. He has spent the past thirteen years becoming a human guidebook of Maine and New Hampshire's rock and ice climbing, and has been a member of the Lincoln High-Angle Search and Rescue Team since 2006. He has taught in college and university settings and for a variety of outdoor programs. He holds a Masters Degree in Education from Minnesota State University and Bachelor Degree in Adventure Education Leadership and Adventure Therapy from Unity College. Ryan is dedicated to your climbing education as well as his own. In the coming years he plans to continue training with the AMGA with the goal to obtain the coveted pin from the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association - the highest level of mountain guide certification in the world. No matter what objectives are on your mind Ryan looks forward to helping you reach for success. 

Guiding Credentials

  • AMGA Certified Rock Instructor
  • AMGA Alpine Guides Course
  • AMGA Ice Instructor Course
  • AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course
  • Registered Maine Guide - Recreation
  • AMGA Professional since 2007
Medical and Rescue Credentials
  • Wilderness First Responder

Education Credentials

  • M.S. Experiential Education       
  • B.S. Adventure Education Leadership & Adventure Therapy

Leave No Trace Trainer



PCIA Single PItch Climbing Instructor

Libby Wilder
Guiding since 2002

Libby is a native of central Maine and a third generation Maine Guide. She instructs top rope climbs and group programs. From 2001 through 2009 she was the operations director for the climbing school and outdoor retail store where she developed and managed websites along with managing and developing new programs and services for the guiding and retail operations. Her first climbing experiences were as a child on the polished rocks of CarderRock, MD. More recently, Libby has traveled and climbed in New England, The Gunks, Quebec, Ecuador, Minnesota, Red Rocks, Rocky Mountain National Park, Thailand, Joshua Tree, Yosemite, and in several areas in the southeastern U.S.

Libby is a former high school physics and chemistry teacher who has also run an adventure based alternative education program for at-risk high schoolers. Libby also instructed rock and ice climbing for the University of Maine. She is a former ICU nurse and now expects to graduate from a Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia program in December 2014. Libby enjoys playing the violin, spending time with her two cats -Rock and Nitro - and working on her house which she built in central Maine.

And if you are looking for great bouldering, she has it in her backyard. Read more about her in the Boston Globe.

Guiding Credentials

  • PCIA Lead Climbing Instructor Certification
  • AMGA Rock Guide Course
  • Registered Maine Guide, Recreation

Medical Credentials

  • RN, Intensive Care Nurse
  • National and State Licensed Paramedic

Education

  • M.S. Nurse Anesthesia, Pursing Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia
  • A.S. Nursing
  • B.S. Botany

 

PCIA Single PItch Climbing Instructor

Brad Wilson
Climbing Manager

Guiding Credentials

  • PCIA Single Pitch Climbing Instructor and Lead Climbing Instructor Certification
Medical and Rescue Credentials
  • AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Certification
Education Credentials

 

A History of
Leading the way...

Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School is the preeminent leader in climbing instruction and guiding in Acadia and across Maine. We specialize in designing customized experiences or training for you, your family or your group.

Directed by internationally recognized IFMGA guide Jon Tierney who has been climbing in Acadia since 1982. Jon has over 30 years of local and worldwide experience. The IFMGA requires full AMGA certification as a rock, alpine and ski mountaineering guide.

All AMGCS instructors are certified by either the AMGA or the PCIA and all guides have been trained or certified by the AMGA.

• Since 1994 •
AMGCS is one of 30 AMGA accredited programs in the US and was one of the earliest to achieve accreditation.

AMGCS is the only climbing school in Maine to remain continuously accredited by the AMGA for eighteen years - several years longer than any other local service. We have had one or more full time AMGA certified rock instructors or rock guides on staff each year since 1994 - sixteen years more than any other local school.

• Since 2007 •
AMGCS has the distinction of also being accredited to the highest standards of the Professional Climbing Instructors Association. The PCIA requires all staff to be individually trained and certified.

Experience the difference.
Reach your peak with Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School.

 

 

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