Well once again it is raining here in Bar Harbor. It seems the only time one can find to sit down and type is on a rainy day.
It has been a busy few weeks here on the island as Acadia Mountain Guides wrapped up our 2011 Summer Climbing Camps. Additionally, we have entered into the beginning of August, which tends to be our busiest time of summer. Everyone is trying to get in their last minute vacations before school and work start up again!
Our Rock Pro 4 camp spent the last week learning how to lead climb on traditional gear. Many of our campers come with little or no experience with traditional climbing, but by the end of the week they are crushing it! Traditional climbing combines the mental pressure of finding your route and placing good gear with the physical pressure of pushing what your body can handle. It is an amazing mix of skills with incredible pay-offs!
Our regular guiding season has been chock full of people looking to taste the unique climbing around Acadia National Park. Regular people are pushing their physical and mental boundaries on the rocky terrain of the islands coast. Some people experience the thrill of leaning backwards over a 60ft cliff as they start their first ever rappel. Other people experience the nervous unknown of stepping up to their first 5.10!
The climbing season here in Acadia is beginning to wind down. If you haven't made it out to visit and go climbing yet, do it soon! September is the best time of the year to climb in Acadia. No crowds, perfect temps, solid rock and great times await all you would-be climbing animals!