Private Guiding

Your Schedule. Your Goals. Your Guide...

Rock Climbing, Ice Climbing, Mountaineering
Private and Semi-Private Instruction & Guiding
Available by appointment daily

If you have limited time, lack a partner, are not yet comfortable being completely self-reliant on multi-pitch climbs or simply want to share a climb with a guide, then a guided ascent of a classic route may be for you. Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School offers guided rock and ice climbs for many different levels of ability in a variety of locations.

Acadia Mountain Guides can easily tailor a climbing lesson to meet your specific goals. If you are seeking to find out what rock climbing or ice climbing is all about, we recommend a half or a full day exposure to climbing. This is ideal for people of all ages whether they be individuals, couples, families or organized groups.

If you are a climber seeking to advance your skills, Acadia Mountain Guides can help you build confidence and competence in a multitude of advanced skills such as anchoring, direct belayed top roping, redirect belayed top roping, anchoring concepts and subtleties, establishing a functional master point, sport climbing, lead climbing, seconding (following) a lead climb, aid climbing, rope-solo techniques, basic to - way out there - self rescue skills, or professionally recognized guide training courses. Choose as many days as you wish and design a curriculum with an Acadia Mountain Guide to best fit your needs.

Are you an experience climber in need of a partner? Team up with an Acadia Mountain Guide to sample the classic routes of popular New England climbing areas such as Acadia National Park, Clifton, Camden or one of New Hampshire's many great rock or ice climbing areas (North Conway, Cannon). If you have a little more time, take an extended vacation with us to rock climb or ice climb in Quebec, Rocky Mountain National Park (CO), Red Rock Canyon (Las Vegas), Joshua Tree National Park (CA), or a host of other destinations around the globe.

To make a reservation or find out more call 1-888-232-9559 or email


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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