Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School

Join Us For Some
Fun In The Sun!

Our 2020 teen RockPro climbing camps and Multi-sport teen adventure camps might better be called Climbing Adventures through COVID. Unique to this season we will be offering a blended camp experience that combines elements of each of our 7 day RockPro Camps and Multisport camps into 14 day sessions.

Experienced climbers who looking to sport climb, lead climb and do multi-pitch routes will still have plenty of opportunity to do so. Included with each camp will be at least a day of first ascent sport climbs as well. Beginning and intermediate climbers will have ample time on the rock with plenty of time to perfect belay skills, rappel skills and get a sense of climbing anchors. Each camp with have 2 – 3 days of other adventures such as canoeing, rafting, kayaking, or hiking. Daily access to canoes and paddleboards will be available subject to campsite location along with a slack line and a hang board.

Because we have condensed the standard camps we will have some extra leaders which will allow us to cater to the specific goals of each camper. All sessions will stay in Maine unless it becomes possible in late summer to travel to NH or Quebec without need to quarantine.

 Dates, Content & Pricing

  • Session 1: Jul 5 – Jul 18
    Acadia, Clifton, Western Maine region  
  • Session 1a: Jul 5 – Jul 18
    Acadia, Clifton, Moosehead region
  • Session 2: Jul 19 – Aug 1
    Acadia, Clifton, Moosehead region
  • Session 2a: Jul 19 – Aug 1
    Acadia, Clifton, Western Maine region  
  • Session 3: Aug 2 – Aug 15
    Acadia, Clifton, Bold Coast region
  • Session 3a: Aug 2 – Aug 15
    Acadia, Clifton, Moosehead region
  • Session 4: Aug 16 – 22 Northeast Alpine Climbing*
Tuition: $1800.00 per session. Register for two -> $3400.00. Register for three -> $4900.00
*Session 3 campers may add the Northeast Alpine Climbing for $1200.00.

Below is a sample itinerary. Ultimately the content and structure of each session will be guided largely by the interest, and pre-existing ability of group members. It’ possible that some of our most experienced campers could be leading a climb and placing anchors (monitored of course) and a lesser experienced camper is having a blast just doing the climb after it’s set up. We will strive to make each day different than the day before. Also, If we have a camper(s) attending multiple sessions we work hard to minimize too many redundant activities unless of course they really want a repeat.

Acadia – Clifton – Western Maine area sample schedule 

  • Day 1
    Getting to know each other
    Climbing in Clifton – Parks Pond, Eagle, or Chick Hill Bluff. Focus on core skills – Belaying / Rappelling.
  • Day 2
    Climbing in Clifton – Parks Pond, Eagle, or Chick Hill Bluff.
    Focus on core skills – Belaying / Rappelling.
  • Day 3 
    Climbing in Clifton – Parks Pond, Eagle, or Chick Hill Bluff.
    Advancing core skills – Belaying / Rappelling.
  • Day 4
    Climbing / rappelling in western Maine
  • Day 5
  • Hike Old Speck or nearby peak
  • Day 6
    Sport climbing in western Maine – Shagg Crag
  • Day 7
    Climb Tumbledown
  • Day 8
    Acadia – Gear placement, anchors, climbing
  • Day 9
    Acadia – Gear placement, anchors, climbing
  • Day 10
    New route development day in Clifton
  • Day 11
    Canoeing or kayaking
  • Day 12
    Climb – campers choice
  • Day 13
    Climb – campers choice
  • Day 14
    Pick up or stay or laundry and relax to start next camp
  • Fourteen days of intermediate to advanced climbing activities with 
  • Climbing helmet if needed. 
  • Professionally instructed by AMGA or PCIA trained instructors and guides.
  • When possible, campsites will have training aids such as Rock Rings, slack line available.
  • Ratio: maximum of 6 campers / instructor for top roping and 2-4:1 for multi-pitch guiding depending on route and team. Maximum of 10 campers per session. 
  • RockPro climbing journal
  • Meals beginning with lunch on day 1 and end with breakfast on final day.
  • Personal sleeping bag, pad, hygiene products, eating utensils, bowl, plate.
  • Spending money for snacks, purchases, quarters for the camp showers
  • Instructor / Guide Gratuities

Specific Info

General Info

13 – 18 year olds who enjoy rock climbing and want to attend a camp that primarily focuses on climbing and climbing related skills. Campers should have enough prior climbing experience to know they enjoy climbing and want to learn more.  Climbing for 14 days in a row is difficult so each session will also include 3 – 4 days of other activities such as hiking, canoeing, kayaking, or rafting.

Because of the length and structure of the camp, the state recommends but does not require that campers be Maine residents or complete a 14 day quarantine prior to camp. We strongly suggest a 14 day quarantine at home prior to coming to camp.

  • Broaden and improve personal climbing movement skills
  • Gain proficiency in and appropriate use of multiple belay and rappel methods
  • Gain proficiency in and appropriate use of various anchor tools and systems
  • Discuss principles of risk vs benefit as it relates to climbing
  • Practice principles of Leave No Trace on the trail and mountain
  • Participate in a healthy group activity promoting trust, teamwork and communication
  • Climbing techniques for face and crack climbing 
  • Multiple knots and hitches
  • Use of natural anchors
  • Multiple belay techniques including aperture devices, assisted locking devices, Munter hitch 
  • Multiple rappel methods including single rope, double rope, back ups, use of carabiners.
  • Gear placement to include tapered wedges, cams, tri-cams and hexentrics.
  • Opportunity to discover, prep, bolt and climb a new route.
  • Explore options for other outdoor activities in the local areas
  • Basic camping and outdoor living skills to include camp set, fire building, water treatment, cooking and cleaning
  • Importance of trust, communication and teamwork
  • Leave No Trace principles for camping and climbing
  • Basic first aid skills 
  • A bit of natural history – birds, plants, rocks, animals, tide pools, clouds as nature presents itself

Each day will be different than the day before it, we will constantly find new locations to go and explore. If we have a camper(s) attending multiple camps we work hard to minimize redundant activities unless of course they really want a repeat. 

Day 1:

  • Getting to know each other 
  • Ground school/intro to climbing movement, gear and knots
  • Lots of climbing and rappels
  • Short swim or hike 


Day 2:

  • Review climbing movement, gear and knots
  • More climbing and rappels
  • Belay skills
  • Short swim or hike


Day 3:

  • More climbing with increased difficulty suitable to each camper
  • Continued practice belaying
    More knots, practice rope ascending
  • Learn a related outdoor skill such as first aid, compass use, natural history


Day 4:

  • Final day of rock climbing and putting it all together  – possibly a longer, multi pitch climb with one of senior guides if camper is ready
  • Rope bridge traverse to close out camp

Generally we try to proceed with planned activities for the day unless there is a lightning danger or a major storm. Should weather preclude continuing with the day’s activities we sometimes visit a climbing wall, check out a museum, set up tent shelters and learn knots, or swim pool at the local YMCA.

Unless otherwise arranged, all teen campers should be dropped off and picked up at Alpenglow Adventure Sports, 92 Main St., Orono, ME.

To minimize cross contact each camp family will be assigned a 15 minute drop off time between 9:00 am and noon on the first day of camp and a pick-up time between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm on pick up day. Campers staying for multiple sessions will stay over at a local campground or at the Orono location depending on numbers.

A legal parent or legal guardian should drop off camper on day 1 to complete any remaining safety and health forms.
Camper should be wearing a mask and should sanitize hands after exiting family vehicle and go directly from drop off  family vehicle to camp transport vehicle. The person dropping off camper should not be considered a high risk individual:

  1. chronic respiratory illnesses such as COPD 
  2. severe asthma 
  3. cancer 
  4. Immuno-compromised individuals 
  5. cancer 
  6. heavy smokers 
  7. organ/tissue transplant recipients
  8. BMI >40  
  9. renal or hepatic failure, 
  10. poorly controlled diabetes

Please say good byes in your vehicle. All campers and staff will wear masks during transportation and sanitize hands upon entering vehicle. At least 1 space will be maintained between passengers. 

A complete description of Acadia Mountain Guides procedures may be found on AcadiaMountainGuides.com

For campers who choose to fly or take a bus to camp, we offer pickup and drop off in Bangor, ME the day before and after camp for an additional $75.00 per pick up or drop off. Unaccompanied minor services from the airline or bus service are required for campers age 7-12 and optional for ages 13 – 18. Please prepay for this service and arrange it in advance. Please use the name Jon Tierney as the person who will arrange pickup for your child. In order to simplify departures and avoid problems at the airport please have completed all of the necessary airline forms before your child’s arrival at camp. Campers are met at the terminal by camp personnel wearing Acadia Mountain Guides apparel and are escorted to our vehicle for the trip to camp. These participants will either stay at our climbing school base in Orono or join an existing stay- over session. Although we provide supervision, campers are asked to be responsible for their own dinner and breakfast until camp starts. Pizza and several restaurants are available within a five minute walk of the base. Orono is a small university community. Please schedule arrival for the evening before camp starts and departure for the afternoon or morning after camp ends if at all possible.

Campers should carry a list of phone numbers, including Acadia Mountain Guides numbers and a small amount of travel money. We will telephone you when your son/daughter arrives.

Round trip tickets, excess money and unaccompanied minor forms will be collected and placed in the camp office until departure.

Campers arriving by plane or bus should pack a change of clothes, a rain jacket and toothbrush in a backpack to carry on the plane or bus should luggage arrive late. Please be sure to label your child’s clothing and gear.

Each day camper will be assessed at time of drop off for: 

  1. Known contact with a + COVID person within last 14 days? 
  2. Onset of non-productive cough within last 14 days? 
  3. Onset of new shortness of breath within last 14 days? 

If any of the above, camper may not attend camp until having a COVID test. Contact Bangor Testing Center – 844 489 1822 to complete a phone screening to determine next steps

     4. Any additional signs / symptoms Fever (>100.4 F),           recent chills, body aches/muscle pain, headache,             sore  throat, new loss of taste or smell. 

If 2 or more of above camper may not attend until having a COVID test. Contact Bangor Testing Center – 844 489 1822 to complete a phone screening to next steps

Nutritious meals will be provided by Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School and prepared by staff and participants. If a participant has special dietary needs, please notify the office prior to the course.  Please let us know of any food allergies.

Camping will take a little different form during the age of COVID. Typically, campers stay in groups of 3 – 4 in tents. However, in 2020, we will utilize several options each of which will help maintain social distancing while sleeping:
1. Under the open sky – When weather and site allows, each camper will be provided a 5 x 8 ground tarp to         place under their pad and sleeping bag and sleep well separated under the open sky.   
2. Under the open air tarp. If weather is inclement then campers will be placed 6 – 8’ feet apart and         oriented head to toe such that they can enter and exit without crossing over others.
3. Tents. In some cases we may utilize one tent per individual in 2 person tents and 2 people per tent in six person tents.

It’s summer in Maine so black flies and mosquitos are part of the game. Fortunately, much of our time is spent along the coast where there are less black flies and mosquitos. Ticks are a concern and each camper will be asked to do daily tick checks. We also will treat all tarps, ground cloths, and tents with Pemethrin. Additionally, we like to treat footwear with Permethrin and suggest that campers come with at least some clothing treated with an insect shield.

The majority of our camps travel by vehicle to different locations. It is important to minimize the size of all backpacks or duffels in order to facilitate loading of vehicles. Try to pack as compactly and lightly as possible as we need to fit everyone’s gear into the vehicles. If you are debating about whether to bring something, you probably don’t need it.

Campers attending multiple weeks may store extra clothing and gear at our base. Please include a labeled stuff sack or laundry bag for such items.

All technical climbing equipment will be provided, such as harnesses, helmets, climbing shoes and ropes. You are welcome to use your own climbing shoes, harness and helmet if you like and advanced campers are welcome to bring any additional climbing gear they may have (will need to be checked by camp staff before use). Campers will also have access to climbing books, magazines and training tools such as slack lines and rock rings in the evenings.

Bring the following:

      • 1 small bottle of hand sanitizer
      • at least one face covering and a plastic or paper bag to keep in if not wearing
      • Bug net to cover head and neck
      • Daypack
      • Backpack or duffel bag
      •  Sleeping bag
      • Ground pad
      • 2 one quart water bottles 
      • Hiking Shoes or sturdy sneakers
      • Insulating inner layer of clothing such as  polypropylene   
      • Insulating middle layer of clothing such as fleece or wool
      • Lightweight, loose fitting long pants that dry quickly
      • Warm socks (wool), hat
      • Shorts & Tee shirts
      • Rain and wind jacket and pants such a coated nylon or a waterproof/breathable fabric
      • Swimsuit
      • Towel
      • Headlamp or flashlight
      • Journal supplies
      • Sunscreen / lip balm
      • Insect repellent
      • Unbreakable cup, bowl, spoon and fork
      • Toilet kit (toothbrush, comb, etc)
      • Camera if you want to capture memories

Climbing Gear if you have, otherwise provided

  • Climbing Shoes
  • Climbing Harness 
  • Climbing Helmet 
  • Belay Plate
  • Locking Carabiners 
  • Chalkbag 
  • Gear Rack (optional)
Campers who are required to take daily medication should bring a backup dose with them. Please pack prescriptions in original containers that are clearly marked with instructions. List the medications on the health form as well. All prescription medications will be kept in the possession of the leaders during camp and given out at the appropriate time to the camper. Each use will be documented on camp forms.
Campers who are required to take daily medication should bring a backup dose with them. Please pack prescriptions in original containers that are clearly marked with instructions. List the medications on the health form as well. All prescription medications will be kept in the possession of the leaders during camp and given out at the appropriate time to the camper. Each use will be documented on camp forms.

Hair Dryers, expensive clothing and jewelry, junk food, pets, cell phones, electronic devices, fireworks of any kind, weapons (knives, guns), large pillows

Campers are welcome to bring cell phones for use while traveling to and from camp in order to facilitate parental contact and shuttle pick ups, etc. Once at camp, use of telephones or cell phones is not permitted. Cell phones will be collected at the start of camp and secured in our office. We want to encourage a camp session and group experience free of digital distraction. We want campers to thrive off of the experience of being in the outdoors, being attentive to safety, and genuinely connecting with their fellow campers. We have found that cell phone usage can significantly disrupt the camp experience and interfere with group dynamics often causing the camper to have a difficult time adjusting to camp life.


Many of the areas we work in also do not have great service. Leaders will provide you with their phone numbers if you need to reach them in an emergency. If you are unable to reach the leaders directly, you can call our Bar Harbor office at 207-288-8186 and they will know the exact location of the group and be able to facilitate getting a message to the camp leaders. Camp leaders check in each evening.

Our camps consist of four days of consistent activity from the time our campers arrive at camp until they go home for the day. We expect all campers to be enthusiastic and energetic at the beginning of everyday. Here are a few ways you can get your camper prepared for all the fun activities they’ll be doing at summer camp:
In the weeks before camp:
15 – 30 minutes of general physical activity to raise the heart rate and break a sweat each day. This will help ensure that your camper has the energy to accompany us on all adventures we might do during the camp in a comfortable manner; if your child gets some extra exercise before camp they are much less likely to become fatigued and discouraged during camp.

10 minutes of goal making. Sit down with your child a week or so before they are destined to head for camp and help them make a goal sheet notonly for camp but for after camp. What do they want to learn during camp? Why do they want to learn that? And what will they do with the skills they gain after camp is over?

10 minutes of talking. Camp is most likely going to put your child in a position where they might experience frustration on a difficult climb, or have anxiety or fear around an activity, etc. Take five minutes to sit down with your child and talk to them about how these experience might make them feel or any concerns they may have. (Our camp staff is happy to accommodate any concerns or discomforts your camper may have but we need you to tell us about them)


Attending an outdoor based summer camp has some risks. It is important for both the camper and the camper’s parent or guardian to understand this. Some of the hazards that can lead to injury or death associated with this camp include but are not limited to extreme weather, demanding physical travel, vehicle transportation and falls or collisions while climbing. The most likely injuries are minor cuts and scrapes while climbing. The most important action that the camper can take toward safety is to follow the instructions of the camp leader. Our instructors draw upon solid guide education coupled with extensive experience to manage significant hazards inherent to mountain travel.

A 50% deposit is required for registration. Balance due three weeks (21 days) before the beginning of program.

When you book a camp with Acadia Mountain Guides you are agreeing to our cancellation policy. Please realize that if your travel does not go according to plan in any way and for any reason, we are unable to provide credits or refunds outside of what is described below. We strongly recommend that you purchase trip insurance to protect your activity purchase against unforeseeable circumstances which include but are not limited to: 

  • Anticipation of Inclement Weather
  • Flight and Travel Delays and Conditions
  • Personal or work schedule changes
  • Injury or illness of a self or family member

If you cancel more than 21 days in advance you may put the deposit toward a future course or receive a refund of 50% of your deposit. Cancellations made within twenty-one (21) days of program forfeit full tuition rate. Alternatively, if you find a replacement you will receive a 100% refund. A full refund will be given if Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School must cancel the course.

Acadia Mountain Guides is closely following updates from the CDC, State of Maine, ACA, and our local public areas that we use. We want to encourage you to go ahead and make summer plans for the outdoors and encourage you to maintain a reservation until 21 days out to allow for COVID recommendations to change. Should you need to cancel, for any reason related to COVID-19 or its repercussions we will gladly refund you in full. If you register your child for summer camp and you need to cancel for any reason related to COVID-19 we will refund you in full. This includes children becoming ill, family becoming ill, travel plans being cancelled, and CDC recommendations changing.

A minimum of three (3) participants are needed to run a camp and there is a maximum of ten (10). The decision to run the program will be made at three weeks prior to the start date. In the case of low registration, you will have the option of joining another camp, receiving a refund or possibly paying an additional amount to allow the camp to run with low numbers.

Everyone comes with expectations. We will do our best to help campers achieve their expectations. However, weather, group ability, access, personal fitness, and emotions all play a role in shaping the day. We strive to make each camp week a bit different from the previous week and cannot guarantee that campers will participate in every activity mentioned in our marketing materials.

Any gear you may need can be purchased ahead of the course from our gear store – Alpenglow Adventure Sports – where you get a 25% off purchases made prior to camp and up to a week later as well as 15% discount off MSRP for life!!!  Purchases may be made in-store or online. Gear purchased in advance of camp can often be prepared for you to have on the first day of camp. Alpenglow will also price match any in stock inventory if you find a better deal on the web for the same item. Simply send a link when you are ready to order to shop@alpenglowgear.com

All students get 20% off discount on rental gear at our shop, Alpenglow Adventure Sports and 25% off purchases made before camp. Please call at (207) 866-7562 reserve.

Camps are typically led by outdoor education graduates or majors who are skilled climbers and are selected through an interview process that includes resume review, climbing log review, and multiple Skype or in person interviews that include skill demonstrations and problem solving questions. Leaders then arrive in late May to begin training that includes five day PCIA Single Pitch Climbing Instructor Course, approximately 8 – 10 days working with and being observed by senior guides and each other, visiting a variety of locations, completing site competencies, going on a 3 day overnight training trip with senior staff, practicing van driving and completing a vehicle check and driver training, completing or recertifying wilderness medicine certification and passing a Maine Trip Leader certification course. Essentially, we take already skilled outdoor leaders and mentor and evaluate them for approximately 30 days before they lead a camp. As camps move into more complicated terrain leaders are joined by additional senior guide staff. All leaders are expected to be extremely observant, super 

friendly, good communicators, safety minded in both personal and 

professional activities, and meticulously attentive to details.


Our senior guide staff will lead the advanced rock climbing days involving multi-pitch climbing, sport climbing, etc.


All of our staff are credentialed through either the AMGA or the PCIA for the technical terrain in which they work. We also conduct a background check of criminal and driving related records for each employee.

All participants are required to health information, liability waivers, medication and immunization forms. You will be sent these forms to be filled out and returned to before arrival at camp upon confirmation and they are also available on our website.  Please be thorough on these forms. Campers will not be admitted without completed forms. These are reviewed by the camp leaders. Any questions or concerns are forwarded to the camp director who is a critical care flight paramedic. If concerns remain then we will consult with our medical director.

Should a medical problem or accident occur while at camp our first priority will be to insure the safety of the involved person(s) and other campers. All of our staff are trained in first aid, CPR, and specialized wilderness medical skills. Immediate care will be provided up to the highest level of available training on scene. If additional care or further evaluation is needed, the camper will be transported to the nearest appropriate facility either by camp leaders or the emergency response system. As soon as possible parents will be contacted and informed of the situation. 


If additional medical care is required, resulting prescriptions, doctor or hospital bills will be mailed to you. You will be responsible for filing medical bills with your insurance company for reimbursement.


Field medical kits are stocked with necessary over the counter medications and first aid supplies and are dispersed as needed by camp staff. Staff are also trained in the use of epinephrine for anaphylaxis and severe asthma.

In the event of an at home emergency requiring a parent or guardian to reach a camper please call our Bar Harbor office: 207- 288-8186 (open 9:00am – 8:00pm daily) as they are in contact with each camp every evening between 6 and 8 pm unless the camp is in a very remote location. For after hour emergencies you may call camp Director Rob Benton 207 944-5227 or school owner Jon Tierney at 207-461-4338.

Set your own schedule, design your own camp. If you have a large family or group of youngsters (or adults for that matter) that you would like to set up a personalized multi-day camp program we would be very pleased to work with you. It could include rock climbing, hiking, sea kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, natural history, etc.

We also offer ½ and full day family climbs.

Tipping is never expected but always greatly appreciated. Like many in service industries, instructors and guides supplement their income with tips generated from satisfied clients.

AMGA and PCIA Accreditation – Acadia Mountain Guides has been an accredited member of the American Mountain Guides Association (responsible for training and certified American mountain guides) since opening in 1994 and the Professional Climbing Instructors Association (provides training and certification for climbing instructors) since the PCIA began in 2007. Both are voluntary yet extensive peer reviews of policies and field practices that are done on 3 – 5 year cycles.


DHHS Licensing – Acadia Mountain Guides is the only climbing based program in Maine to be also licensed by the Department of Health and Human Services. To achieve this; our health, sanitization and child welfare practices are evaluated annually and our site is visited randomly by a state official. 


Background Checks – An extensive background check of criminal and driving history is done on each AMG employee. 


The assumption is often made that all climbing schools meet the above. Not the case. This are details we feel are important to better manage our operation and provide for our client’s safety.

A History of
Leading the way…

Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School is the preeminent frontrunner in climbing instruction and guiding in Acadia and across Maine. Since 1994 we have specialized in designing customized experiences or training for you, your family, your group or company.

Jon Tierney
Owner/IFMGA Guide
IFMGA Licensed International Mountain Guide | AMGA Certified Rock Guide | AMGA Certified Ski Mountaineering Guide | AMGA Certified Alpine Guide | Paramedic | Life Flight Paramedic | B.S. Parks and Forest Recreation
Dick Chasse
Senior Guide
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 | Wilderness First Responder
Rob Benton
Climbing School Manager
AIARE Level I and II Certification | PCIA Single Pitch Instructor | Swift Water Canoe Guide | Wilderness First Responder | Maine Search and Rescue | Associates Degree in Outdoor Recreation and Tourism |
Rob Bentonrobbenton_
Andrew Krause
Multi-pitch Instructor
AMGA Apprentice Rock and Alpine Guide | PCIA Single Pitch Climbing Instructor | AMGA Single Pitch Climbing Instructor | Wilderness First Responder | B.S. in Nature Based Tourism; Minor in Mechanical Engineering
Paddy O’Mara
Single Pitch Instructor
Multi-Pitch Instructor | AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide | PCIA Single Pitch Climbing Instructor | Wilderness First Responder B.S. in Outdoor Experiential Education | Minor in Anthropology
Zack Cleary
Single Pitch Climbing Instructor
PCIA Single Pitch Climbing Instructor | AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Course | Wilderness First Responder | B.A Physics, Minor Geology
Seth Fisher
Single Pitch Instructor
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor | PCIA Single Pitch Instructor | AIARE 1 | Wilderness First Responder
Avery Cluff
Single Pitch Climbing Instructor
PCIA Single Pitch Instructor | National Registry EMT-b | Wilderness First Responder | LNT Master Educator | Pursuing a BS in Biology |
Forrest Hamilton
Single Pitch Instructor
PCIA Single Pitch Instructor | Wilderness First Responder | Pursuing a BS in Geology; Minor Anthropology
Ron Bertasi


• Since 1994 •

AMGCS is one of 32 AMGA accredited programs in the US and was one of the earliest to pursue and achieve accreditation. AMGCS is the only climbing school in Maine to remain continuously AMGA accredited. We have had one or more full time AMGA rock guides on staff each year since 1994.

Owned by internationally recognized IFMGA/AMGA Mountain 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 instructors are certified as AMGA or PCIA Single Pitch Instructors and all guides have been trained or certified by the AMGA.

PCIA Accredited

• 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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