Family Rock Climbing Activities

Try something new and exciting that will build family trust and confidence while having fun. Our convenient and affordable family program lets you explore the vertical world together.

Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School guides enjoy climbing with families to provide unique experiences for children and parents. After meeting your family and learning about their experiences and goals, your guide(s) will select an area that will best balance everyone's needs and insure fun and satisfaction. It could be a lower angled climb to a mountaintop, a hidden away canyon, or a sea side vertical playground overlooking Frenchman's Bay. All of our instructors are PCIA or AMGA certified. We believe that we can offer you a wider variety of locations, set-up methods and coaching techniques than any other New England climbing school. Our goal is to involve the whole family in the sport of climbing. And who knows, a future world champion might emerge.

All courses are tailored to your family. We ask that the majority of participants be from one family, although a friend or two is invited, and that at least one adult participates in the program.

Half day programs are available in Acadia National Park. Full day programs are available in Camden, ME, Clifton (near Bangor), New Hampshire, and along the Kennebec River (The Forks area) and the Penobscot River (Millinocket area).

Family Rates

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.

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




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