Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School

Meet Your Guides

Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School is a company of professional guides. Since our inception in 1993, we have required formal training and evaluation of all our guides simply because it was the right thing to do. Our guiding standards are among the best in the industry and represent the highest standards in Maine. Our guides are friendly, dedicated professionals whose talents lie in their technical expertise, climbing ability and their skill as educators. The quality of our guides is what makes Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School your best source for climbing instruction.

Our guides are veteran climbers with several years of diverse climbing experience. By requiring in specialized guide education courses we maximize competency and efficiency and greatly reduce risk. Our greater efficiency allows more time to teach you important skills, and to provide you with more climbing opportunities without feeling rushed. All are also certified at or above the Wilderness First Responder level of medical care. Our internal training keeps everyone up on the latest techniques and current on the best local practices.

We are committed to providing you with the best climbing experience possible. It is our goal to provide a supportive climbing environment that maximizes your time and minimizes your risk. Our mission steers us to continually develop cutting edge ideas and techniques that improve the delivery of our instruction. Many of these ideas have become the foundation both the AMGA and PCIA training programs. We believe that the guiding art requires extensive climbing experience and a multi-faceted educational background. We take our philosophy to heart and work to promote responsible climbing and wilderness use as well as responsible guiding on both a local and national level. We are proud to be participating in the development of professional standards that other guide services can only aspire to. Simply put, we are attentive to the details.

We look forward to sharing our love of high places with you and invite you to take a look at our backgrounds.

 

Guide Staff

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
Alex Scuterud
Multi-pitch Instructor
AMGA Rock Guide Course | PCIA Single Pitch Climbing Instructor | AMGA Single Pitch Climbing Instructor | Project Adventure Level 2 Challenge Course Facilitator | PCIA Climbing Wall Instructor | Wilderness First Responder | A.S. in Adventure Sports Leadership and Management
Andrew Krause
Climbing School Manager, Multi-pitch Instructor
AMGA Rock Guide Course | PCIA Single Pitch Climbing Instructor Certification | AMGA Single Pitch Climbing Instructor Certification | Wilderness First Responder | B.S. in Nature Based Tourism; Minor in Mechanical Engineering
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Christian Helger
Multi-pitch Instructor
AMGA Rock Instructor Citification AMGA Rock Guide Course | PCIA Single Pitch ClimbingInstructor Certification | AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Certification | Wilderness First Responder | EMT | B.A. Outdoor Education
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Loren Copp
Single Pitch Instructor
PCIA Single Pitch Climbing Instructor Certification | AMGA Single Pitch Climbing Instructor Certification | Wilderness EMT (NREMT Basic) | AEGIS Emotional Crisis Management | B.S. in Outdoor Education
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Shannon Mayo
Single Pitch Instructor
PCIA Climbing Instructor Certification | PCIA Climbing Wall Instructor Certification | Wilderness First Responder
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Paddy O’Mara
Single Pitch Instructor
PCIA Single Pitch Climbing Instructor |Wilderness First Responder | B.S Recreation Management
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Zack Cleary
Single Pitch Climbing Instructor
PCIA Single Pitch Climbing Instructor | AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Course | Wilderness First Responder | B.A Physics, Minor Geology
Abby Rowe
Single Pitch Instructor
PCIA Single Pitch Climbing | Climbing Instructor Certification | AMGA Single Pitch Climbing Instructor | PSIA Nordic instructor- level II | Wilderness First Responder | Emergency Medical Technician | AIARE Level 1I Avalanche Certification | B.S. in Design and Environmental Analysis | M.A. Higher Education Administration
Nick Waz
Single Pitch Instructor
PCIA Single Pitch Climbing Instructor | AMGA Single Pitch Climbing Instructor | Wilderness First Responder
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Seth Fisher
Single Pitch Instructor
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor | PCIA Single Pitch Instructor | AIARE 1 | Wilderness First Responder
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Forrest Hamilton
Single Pitch Instructor
PCIA Single Pitch Instructor | Wilderness First Responder | Pursuing a BS in Geology; Minor Anthropology

 

Per Diem Guides

Chris Bartram
Multi-pitch Instructor
PCIA Single Pitch Climbing Instructor | AMGA Single Pitch Climbing Instructor| AMGA Rock Guide Course | AMGA Alpine Guide Course | Wilderness First Responder
Mark Warner
Multi-pitch Instructor
AMGA Rock Guide Course | PCIA Single Pitch Climbing Instructor | Wilderness First Responder | B.S. in Mechanical Engineering

 

AIARE Instructors

Ben Allen
AIARE Level I Instructor
Blake Keogh
AIARE Level 3 Avalanche Certification | AIARE L1 Course Instructor | Wilderness First Responder
Jeff Lane
AIARE Level I Instructor
AIARE L1 Course Instructor | M.S. Outdoor Education
Al Mandel
AIARE Level II Instructor
AMGA Assistant Ski Guide | AIARE Level 3 Avalanche Certification | AIARE L1 & L2 Course Instructor | Wilderness First Responder
Mark Renson
AIARE Level I Instructor