Destinations >Cathedral and Whitehorse, New Hamphsire

Rock Climbing in Mount Washington Valley

Cathedral Ledge
This beautiful wall of granite is deservedly one of our most popular climbing areas. The cliff is about 500 feet high, and offers classic multi-pitch routes such as Thin Air (5.6), Funhouse (5.7), and Recompense (5.9). The top offers spectacular views of Mount Washington Valley.

Whitehorse Ledge
Considered to be some of the best slab climbing in the east, these dramatic and improbable sheets of white granite offer such classic routes as Standard Route (5.6), Sliding Board (5.7), and Wavelength (5.8). This is a great place to hone your footwork!

Cannon Cliff
This thousand foot wall of granite in Franconia Notch is rich in both climbing history and long, excellent alpine adventure climbs. The Whitney-Gilman Route (II 5.7), first climbed in 1929 by 2 cousins from Connecticut after a season in the Alps, remains a North American classic to this date.

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.

Climbing instructors are certified by either the AMGA or the PCIA - many are certified by both. All guides are 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.

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