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Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School

AIARE LEVEL I

Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain
Avalanche Education Course

Our AIARE Level 1 avalanche education course provides a dynamic introduction to understanding avalanche activity. The course combines interactive classroom (available in person or via Zoom interactive class) with focused field sessions to help you learn how to make good decisions in avalanche terrain. You will learn a myriad of knowledge and skills including terrain recognition; types of avalanche problems; travel strategies; understanding human factors; the influence of weather; companion rescue skills including use of the transceiver, probe, and shovel; tour planning; snow pit testing and analysis; and use of the AIARE Decision Making Framework.

  • Who’s it for? Anyone who travels in potential avalanche terrain – skiers, snowshoers, climbers, or snowmobilers.
  • How we go? Participants may take this course on backcountry skis, split board, or snowshoes.
  • Where do we go? Most courses utilize terrain on or near Mt. Washington and the northern Presidential Range.
  • Why go with AMG? Acadia Mountain Guides is New England’s original and most experienced AIARE provider and is led by IFMGA Mountain Guide Jon Tierney. Our curriculum meets and exceeds the AIARE Level 1 curriculum.
  • Pre-requisites: Fitness, clothing, and equipment to ski or hike up to 8 miles round trip with a 10-pound pack.

This course aims to help you to better answer these questions;

Where is the danger? When is it dangerous? How is it trending?     Should we go on? What do I do if caught in an avalanche?

  • AIARE Level I Student Manual
  • AIARE Rite in the Rain field notebook
  • AIARE Online Pre-Course Preperation
  • Beacon, probe, and shovel for use during the course
  • Membership to AMG AIARE Student/Instructor forum
  • Acadia Mountain Guides avalanche decision-making field card
  • Professionally guided by AMGA trained or certified ski guides.
  • Ratio: maximum of 6 clients / guide
  • All group and emergency gear provided.
  • Personal gear
  • Transportation to/from classroom venue
  • Trailhead parking fees if any
  • Transportation to/from trailheads
  • Evening beverages / pub visits
  • Lodging / Meals
  • Instructor / Guide Gratuities

3 days / approximately 24 hours. Intermediate to advanced ski skis. Ability to safely ski ungroomed intermediate terrain. Alternatively, it is possible to access terrain via hiking or snowshoes.

 

Starting with either interactive online classroom or an in-person classroom, you will learn about what creates an avalanche-prone slope, where they may occur, red flag snowpack and weather observations, how to interpret and work with the “human factor,” and elements of preparation and tour planning. We will then head outside onto the snow to begin working on terrain recognition, assessing snowpack layers and interphases, practicing travel techniques to improve safety margins and practice rescue skills, including the use of avalanche transceivers, probing techniques, strategic shoveling and rescue organization. The final day will consist of a longer tour focused on identifying avalanche terrain, evaluating snowpack layers, applying and interpreting basic snowpit tests, and a real-life rescue scenario, all while developing basic tools to make smart route-finding decisions. Throughout the course, you will have the opportunity to “pick the brain” of guides who have spent many years skiing and climbing in the mountains all over the world.

Acadia Mountain Guides Standard In-person course is a three day/24 hour course. This course follows our historic model of AIARE instruction with an afternoon and evening of in-person classroom instruction on day one and the morning of day two, followed by an afternoon field experience. Day three is a full field day in which we aim to access avalanche terrain. Each day this course will meet at the designated classroom and begin from there. 

  • Day 1 (3:30 PM – 9:00 PM); Introductions, complete registration paperwork. Introduction to major topics; terrain, avalanche problems, human factors, planning and preparation.
  • Day 2 &(8:00 AM – 5:00 PM); Meet to review tour plans and decision-making framework. Travel/work on companion rescue scenarios, terrain selection, weather and snowpack observations, and travel techniques. At the end of the day, we meet to debrief the day and course. Typically the third day is a more extended tour in which we apply the knowledge obtained throughout the course.
Tuition: $425.00 -Includes AIARE L1 text hardcopy and PDF, AIARE Field Book, beacon, probe, and shovel, no hidden fees!

 

Course Schedule:
By clicking on the date you desire you will be rerouted to the registration page. 
Date  RegionClassroom Location
December 11th – 13th Mount Washington Valley, NH  Quality Inn, Gorham NH
December 28th – 30thMount Washington Valley, NH Quality Inn, Gorham NH
January 2nd – 4thMount Washington Valley, NH Quality Inn, Gorham NH
January 15th – 17thMount Washington Valley, NH Quality Inn, Gorham NH
January 23rd –25thMount Washington Valley, NH  Quality Inn, Gorham NH
February 5th – 7thMount Washington Valley, NH  Quality Inn, Gorham NH
February 13th –15th Mount Washington Valley, NH  Quality Inn, Gorham NH

February 15th –17th
Split-board focus but open to skiers

Mount Washington Valley, NH  Quality Inn, Gorham NH
February 26th – 28thMount Washington Valley, NH  Quality Inn, Gorham NH
March 5th – 7thMount Washington Valley, NH Quality Inn, Gorham NH
March 6th – 7th
Sugarloaf USA, ME TBD 
March 12th – 14thMount Washington Valley, NH Quality Inn, Gorham NH
March 19th – 21stMount Washington Valley, NH Quality Inn, Gorham NH

Acadia Mountain Guides Split Session In-person course is a three-day course meeting once a week for three consecutive weeks. This course is specifically intended for locals who have to work weekends – i.e. patrollers, ski instructors, wait staff, etc. but open to anyone. This course covers the same curriculum as all other AIARE courses but doesn’t require the student to attend the class for three consecutive weekend days. Each day this course will meet at Quality Inn, Gorham, NH.

  • Day 1 (3:30 PM – 9:00 PM); The once a week program follows the same format as the standard course but is spread over 3 weeks The program begins at 3:30 PM at the Quality Inn Conference Room on Route 2 in Gorham, NH. You are welcome to bring food and drink (an adult beverage is ok). We will not take an extended dinner break. Ends at 9:00 PM. Introductions, complete registration paperwork. Introduction to major topics; terrain, avalanche problems, human factors, planning and preparation.
  • Day 2 & 3 (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM); Meet to review tour plans and decision-making framework. Travel/work on companion rescue scenarios, terrain selection, weather and snowpack observations, and travel techniques. At the end of the day, we meet to debrief the day and course. Typically, the third day is a more extended tour in which we apply the knowledge obtained throughout the course.
Tuition: $425.00 – Includes AIARE L1 text hardcopy and PDF, AIARE Field Book, beacon, probe, and shovel, no hidden fees!
Course Schedule:
By clicking on the date you desire you will be rerouted to the registration page. 
DecemberJanuary
Wednesdays 16th, 23rd & 30th Wednesdays 13th, 20th  & 27th 

Acadia Mountain Guides Online Interactive gives students who are apprehensive about attending the in-person classroom sessions an option to attend our AIARE course from the comfort of their own home. This course is comprised of two, two and a half-hour online classroom sessions via ZOOM followed by a half-hour of “office hours” this half-hour is designed to allow students to dig deep into the brains of our instructors. Following the two online classroom sessions will be two in-person field days, field days will meet at the AMC Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, NH. unless otherwise specified by your instructor.

  • Day 1 & 2 (6:30 PM – 9:30 PM)Introductions, introduction to major topics; terrain, avalanche problems, human factors, planning and preperation. In-depth lessons on tour planning, weather observations, reading an avalanche forecast, and human factors.
  • Day 3 & 4 (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM); Meet to review tour plans and decision-making framework. Travel/work on companion rescue scenarios, terrain selection, weather and snowpack observations, and travel techniques. At the end of the day, we meet to debrief the day and the course. Typically the third day is a more extended tour in which we apply the knowledge obtained throughout the course.

Tuition: $425.00 -Includes AIARE L1 text PDF, AIARE Field Book, Access to ZOOM classes, beacon, probe, and shovel, no hidden fees!

Course Schedule:
By clicking on the date you desire you will be rerouted to the registration page. 
DatesTimesField Location 

Online; December 8th & 15th

In the Field; December 19th & 20th

Online Classroom;  6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Field Sessions; 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

AMC Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, NH
Online; December 29th & January 5th
 
In the Field; January 9th, 10th

Online Classroom;  6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Field Sessions; 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

AMC Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, NH

Online; January 19th & 26th

In the Field; January 30th & 31st

Online Classroom;  6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Field Sessions; 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

AMC Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, NH

Online; February 9th & 16th

In the Field; February 20th & 21st

Online Classroom;  6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Field Sessions; 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

AMC Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, NH
 

Specific Info

General Info

AIARE Level I is for anyone who travels in potential avalanche terrain – skiers, snowshoers, climbers, or snowmobilers.

Fitness, clothing and equipment to ski or hike up to 8 miles round trip with a 10 pound pack. If skiing or riding, you should be advanced enough to safely ski ungroomed intermediate terrain at major northeast ski resorts.

 

Our New Hampshire courses are based at the Quality Inn, Gorham, NH for the classroom portion. For the field portion of the course, we will utilize terrain in/around on Mount Washington as well as local Granite Backcountry Alliance glades.

Acadia Mountain Guides is the longest standing avalanche education provider on the East Coast. Led by IMFGA guide Jon Tierney who has been teaching avalanche courses since 1986. Many well known New England avalanche educators first started with an AMG course. See instructor bios.

Participants receive a 20% discount on any avalanche related purchases made between registration and seven days after the course (15% thereafter for lifetime). Avalanche gear will be available for purchase at the course as well. (online at AlpenglowGear.com

Ski Clothing; (your normal backcountry skiing kit w/ added insulation for standing around and learning)

  • Softshell jacket
  • Softshell pants
  • 1 mid-weight layer (regulator fleece)
  • 1 light top or similar base layer
  • Base layers
  • 2 prs of ski socks
  • Heavy gloves
  • light gloves (soft shell, wind stopper or wool)
  • Ski hat/helmet
  • Down coat/puffy/insulation layer
  • Goggles
  • Sunglasses
  • Balaclava 

Lunch Food, Snacks, and Drinks (as desired);

  • Cliff bars/energy bars/energy gels
  • Jerky
  • Mixed nuts
  • Chocolate
  • Hot chocolate/tea/coffee/etc.

In the field

  • Touring skis, poles, boots, split board, or snowshoes.
  • Probe, transceiver, shovel*
  • Ski or splitboard Skins*
  • Ski pack (30 L or bigger)
  • Thermos
  • Compass with baseplate
  • Sunscreen/lip balm

At the end of the AIARE 1 course, the student should be able to:

  • Develop a plan for travel in avalanche terrain.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify avalanche terrain.
  • Effectively use The AIARE Risk Management Framework to make terrain choices in a group setting.
  • Demonstrate effective companion rescue.

The following is a summary of topics presented. The classroom presentations are mostly instructor led presentations and discussion then reinforced by a variety of videos and case studies – many of actual incidents.

 

Introduction to Avalanche Phenomena

  • Types and characteristics of avalanche problems
  • Avalanche motion and classification
  • The mountain snowpack: an introduction to metamorphism and layering
  • The influence of weather and time

Observations and Information Gathering

  • Avalanche danger scale
  • Field observation techniques
  • Snowpack tests: layering, compression test, extended column tests
  • Avalanche danger factors or “Red Flags”
  • Observation checklist

Trip Planning and Preparation

  • Avalanche terrain recognition, assessment, and selection
  • Route finding and travel techniques
  • Decision making and Human Factors
  • Basic familiarization with common mapping software, map use and navigation
  • Creating a tour plan

Companion Rescue and Equipment

  • Rescue organization
  • Use of transceiver, probe and shovel
  • Strategic shoveling
  • Basic care of injury

Each day we will choose appropriate ski objectives based on weather, snow and avalanche conditions, and personal interest. 

  • Day 1: Arrive at the start of the course for an afternoon/evening class. Covering introductions, complete class paperwork, introduce avalanche topics:  avalanche characteristics and problem types, terrain recognition, mountain snowpack evolution, weather influence, planning and prep, tour planning, human heuristics, etc.

Interactive Zoom meeting option covers the above topics in evening sessions. 

  • Day 2: Complete avalanche topics if needed. Typically, we have classroom sessions in the morning followed by a field session / short tour with either companion rescue or pit intro and then additional classroom time.

Online participants go directly to field sessions

  • Day 3: Following a morning meeting, we typically head out for a longer tour on Mount Washington. After the tour, we return for final class session and debrief.

 

Acadia Mountain Guides has partnered with Quality Inn, Gorham New Hampshire to offer lodging right at the same venue as the classroom location. Quality Inn offers single/double occupancy rooms for $99/night, an additional $5/night will be charged for above double occupancy, room charge also includes continental breakfast.

Gorham has several options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. All are within walking distance of the classroom.

You will often find our instructors down the road at locally/skier owned SAaLT Pub enjoying locally sourced food and drink for dinner after a long day in the mountains!

We encourage you to join us there, we are delighted to continue conversing about snow, mountains and more even after the class has ended!

No one starts out the day expecting to get hurt in the backcountry. However, despite all we know and all we do, accidents can still happen. At AMG, we take your medical care seriously. Like many guide services our leaders are trained as Wilderness First Responders, many are WEMTs. Additionally, all our regular employees participate in periodic medical skills review with our owner Jon who is a flight paramedic and lead instructor in wilderness medicine. Additionally on courses traveling to remote areas such as Katahdin, Chic Chocs or Mount Washington you can expect our guides to have pain and sedation medications available if needed.

 

 

As we all look for ways to get outside it’s important do so in a responsible manner that promotes the health and safety of both participants and guides. Since opening in 1994, Acadia Mountain Guides has had a strong reputation for leading the way with regard to safety quality assurance and has now established Covid-19 pandemic guidelines that meet and exceed those recommended by the CDC, the state of Maine, the American Camping Association and professional guide associations. We are committed to maintaining a healthy educational environment. As best practices continue to evolve and the nature of the pandemic changes we will continue to adapt our guidelines. We ask for your patience, flexibility and cooperation and we work through this together. If you If you do not pass our COVID screening or we are forced to cancel your program due to COVID, you will be given the option to reschedule or receive a full refund. 

During your avalanche training course you can expect the following COVID guidelines to be followed:

 

  • AMG will limit the size of courses and travel groups to reduce exposure and to meet spacing requirements.
  • Guides will record health status and temperature at start of day will not report to work if symptomatic.
  • Clients are expected to honestly answer the following health related questions regarding COVID – 19 signs and symptoms and understand that you may not be allowed to participate if certain conditions are present:
    • Known close contact with a + COVID person within last 14 days?
    • Onset of non-productive cough within last 14 days?
    • Onset of new shortness of breath within last 14 days?
    • If any of the above, you may not participate until having a COVID test or have been symptom free for 14 days.
  • Any additional signs / symptoms Fever (>100.4 F), recent chills, body aches/muscle pain, headache, sore throat, nausea/vomiting, new loss of taste or smell.
  • If 2 or more of above you may not participate until having a COVID test or have been symptom free for 14 days. If your participation in the outing is not allowed, you will be given the option to reschedule, or to receive a refund.
  • Surfaces, instruments and equipment in which we anticipate your contact will be disinfected prior to your arrival.
  • Hand sanitizer will be readily available throughout the course.
  • Whenever possible we will meet and prepare for tours outside in the fresh air.
  • We will not share food, drink or clothing.
  • We will not greet you with a hand shake but with a big, friendly smile hidden by our face covering.
  • Physical distancing will be maintained when possible and face coverings will be utilized when distancing can’t be maintained.
  • You will be issued a cleaned transceiver, shovel and probe for your own use during course. Any additional shared gear will be sanitized or quarantined between use.
  • Clients and guide should ride in separate vehicles. Carpooling with those outside of your family is discouraged.
  • Medical care: In addition to standard medical supplies, guides will carry an HME filter and mask to safely provide airway and breathing management.

You may view our complete COVID guidelines here. These guidelines have been reviewed by risk management experts and our Medical Advisor, Dr. Jonnathan Busko, M.D.

AIARE courses are recognized across the country and are consistent with the international standards and recording methods. AIARE instructors participate in annual training and network continuously with each other to learn about the latest information in avalanche science. Courses flow sequentially regardless of where you take your class. AIARE courses teach you a way of thinking about snow travel rather than a protocol-based approach to learning. Save lives through education.

Please complete the following as pre-course work and be prepared to discuss in class.

On line learning:  Regardless of whether you are taking our Online Session or  not, The AIARE online learning component is great for getting a basic understanding of avalanche terrain, avalanche problems and how to recognize suspect areas.  We strongly suggest looking at this in advance. Plan about 2 – 3 hours to work on the online content ahead of the class.

Download and begin reviewing The AIARE 1 Student Manual

Case Studies:

  • If you are a skier / boarder, please read the Tunnel Creek Avalanche case study.
  • If you are a climber or hiker, please look over the local case study from Tuckerman Ravine.
  • Be prepared to chat the case studies:  What went wrong, could you see yourself making similar decisions, what may have changed to outcome?

Tour Planning:

  • Tour planning is how you prepare to go into the back country.
  • A tour plan is generated by using the avalanche bulletin, combined with maps (both hard copy and electronic versions) and a weather forecast to understand how the weather will influence your plan.
  • It is easy to create reliable computer/phone-based tour plans to bring to the backcountry. You should always have a hard map and compass.
  • Your tour plan should give you an idea of the vertical gain, the distance, compass bearings, run options, areas to be careful of. Attached is a sample tour plan template.
  • Electronic tour planning is great, but you need to understand some basics as well. We will review tour planning basics in class but keep in mind it is not a navigation class. Please bring a compass, ideally with a base plate.
  • We will be doing some sample tour planning during the course. It is helpful if you are able to bring a laptop computer.
  • We suggest downloading the following programs and apps which are useful for digital mapping:

         To your laptop: Caltopo
          To your smartphone: the mapping apps Avensa, Caltopo, Gaia and the Windy app for weather.

         Tour planning resources:

We seek to find the best snow and learning conditions possible for each course and to provide different venues for each field day. If we travel to the west side of Mount Washington a nominal parking fee may be charged at the Cog Railway base station parking area. Occasionally we utilize lift access at Wildcat to access terrain and this may require purchasing a single ride lift pass.    

  • Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain, 3rd Edition. Bruce Tremper

This edition features a wholly new chapter in which Bruce pulls all the pieces together to create an organized, step-by-step system for making decisions off, and on, the mountain.

 

  • Avalanche Essentials: A Step-by-Step System for Safety & Survival, Bruce Tremper

This is the companion to Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain the bestselling avalanche text in the U.S – with easy-to-understand safety tips and checklists to help anyone stay safer in avalanche terrain. It is a small, take-along resource to reference in the field and assist decision making. Winter athletes don’t necessarily want to be snow scientists but playing in avalanche country does require basic knowledge of the risks in order to stay safe.

Enjoying the outdoors necessitates a certain degree of risk-taking. You are participating in this trip and entering the winter backcountry environment at your own risk.  You are choosing to engage in an activity in which participants have been injured and killed. While such accidents are rare, they may occur at any time and be out of our control. Our guides draw upon solid guide education coupled with extensive experience to manage significant hazards inherent to mountain travel.  Some of the hazards that can lead to injury or death associated with this trip include but are not limited to extreme weather, demanding physical travel, avalanche, vehicle transportation, and falls or collisions while skiing or snowboarding. Please be sure that you are fully aware of such risks. It is our goal to interpret the environmental, situational, and group variables and to make educated decisions to minimize dangers to you while at the same time providing an enjoyable and memorable experience. 

   

Self-reliance in the face of adversity is expected on the part of the wilderness traveler entering the wilderness. Rescue is not automatic. For all practical purposes, our party is alone and must depend upon our own resources for self-rescue and be equipped for an extended emergency. Cellular phones and radios should not be relied upon in an emergency.  

  

Finally, this is a group trip and good expedition behavior is critical. Participants are asked to stay with the group until everyone has safely exited the backcountry. 

A 100% deposit is required for registration.

Payment and reservations can be made at Alpenglow Adventure Sports.

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When you book a course 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 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.
 
COVID SPECIFIC CANCELLATIONS:

If you are symptomatic or found positive for COVID, have been exposed to COVID + person(s) in the past 14 days you may request to be either rescheduled or receive a full refund. 

The goals and objectives of this program are to learn avalanche skills. It is unlikely that we will pursue any summits during the course. Commonly we ascend into areas around Tuckerman Ravine, Gulf of Slide and ravines adjacent to the cog railway. We will make every reasonable effort to reach these areas, however, extreme weather, avalanche conditions, inadequate personal fitness, difficult terrain, or park weather / travel closures may make it impossible to achieve our desired terrain objectives.

 

People often ask if it’s appropriate to tip the instructor. Tipping is never expected but always greatly appreciated.

This is your course. The more you let your instructor know what your needs are, the more he or she can help you. If you don’t understand, ask questions. If you have special interests, let your instructor know. If your instructor has provided you with a great experience and shared his or her knowledge and joy of the mountain world with you, a thank-you note or gratuity is always well received. If they have not, we would like to know about it.

 

A minimum of four (4) participants are needed to run this program and there is a maximum of twelve (12). The decision to run the program will be made three weeks prior to the start date. In the case of low registration, you will have the option of joining another trip, receiving a refund, or possibly paying an additional amount to allow the trip to run with low numbers.

Are you part of a college organization, ski club, etc.? We are happy to schedule a customized course for organizations, small groups, and individuals through New England and Eastern Canada. Of course, if you would like to schedule a course or trip to Iceland, Colorado, or Japan, etc. we would be very pleased to work with you.

Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School is certified through the American Mountain Guide Association and the Professional Climbing Instructor Association. Acadia Mountain Guides actively supports furthering their guide’s development throughout their career. That means our guides are constantly taking steps to progress their skills and will provide you with an exceptional experience. AMG is also a proponent of helping clients reach their goals, whether its having an epic day in the mountains or gaining skills to get into other terrain, Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School can get you there!

Our instructor team is the strongest in New England and our courses reflect that. We were at the table early on when the concept of furthering public avalanche education in the U.S. was being discussed and the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education was being created. For several years we were the only climbing school sponsoring AIARE avalanche courses in the eastern U.S. We often ran them at a financial loss, brought avalanche guru Karl Klassen (Canadian IFMGA guide, chief forecaster for the Canadian Avalanche Association, and initial technical director for AIARE) in from western Canada to teach them, and corralled all of our friends to attend just to have enough people to run the course. In fact, many of the snow rangers and current avalanche course providers who are working or have worked on Mount Washington were participants in those early courses. Today, times have changed and the demand for courses has created an abundance of courses and providers. While all the courses are good, we believe ours to often be superior because of the strength of our team.

Jon Tierney
Owner, Acadia Mountain Guides, AIARE Level I & II Course Leader
IFMGA/AMGA International Mountain Guide | AMGA Ski Mountaineering Guide | AMGA Alpine Guide | AMGA Rock Guide | AMGA Rock and Alpine Instructor / Examiner 1997 – 2007 | AIARE Level III Avalanche Certification | AIARE LI & LII Course Leader | Flight and Critical Care Paramedic | Professional guide since 1983, climber and skier since 1975 | American Avalanche Association and AMGA Professional Member | Registered Maine Guide
Al Mandel
AIARE Level I & II Course Leader
AMGA Assistant Ski Guide | AIARE Level III Avalanche Certification | AIARE LI & LII Course Leader | Wilderness First Responder
almandellAl Mandell
Ben Allen
AIARE Level I & II Course Instructor
AIARE Pro 1 Avalanche Certification | AIARE L1 & L2 Course Instructor | Wilderness First Responder | Professional Ski Patroller
Mark Renson
AIARE Level I & II Course Instructor
American Avalanche Institue Level III Certification | Canadian Avalanche Association AST-2 | Senior Outdoor Emergency Care Certified | Proffesional Ski Patroller
Mark P. Renson
Jeff Lane
AIARE Level I & II Course Instructor
AIARE LI Course Instructor | M.S. Outdoor Education
Dick Chasse
AMG Senior Guide, AIARE Level I & II Course Instructor
AIARE LI Course Instructor | AIARE Pro 1 Certified | AMGA Alpine Guides Course | AMGA Advanced Rock Guides Course | AMGA Ski Guides Course | PCIA Instructor Trainer for SPI and Slope Tech Programs | Wilderness First Responder

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, group, or company.

AMGA ACCREDITED

• 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.

 
IFMGA Led
 
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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