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Affinity Programs

Join us today by signing up for one or all of our affinity courses! Feel free to reach out to our staff about any questions you have about these courses or if you would like us to host a private course for you and your friends. 

Welcome to Acadia Mountain Guides’ affinity courses! These courses are designed to offer people who share a specific identity or
experience a safe and supportive, learning environment to start or continue their journey as outdoor climbers.
 

We are proud to offer Women’s and LGBTQ+ affinity courses this summer. AMG’s Women’s and LGBTQ+ courses are led by our rock-star team of certified female-identifying or non-binary guides. Our goal is to support those who have the same passions and interests as we do, and to encourage individual growth and learning within the sport by providing instruction and mentorship in an accepting environment.

The affinity courses we provide are a preliminary effort to bridge the gap in outdoor education and leadership by creating intentional and dedicated learning spaces for underrepresented groups. We realize there is still a large gap in representation and mentorship within the outdoor climbing and guiding community, and want to do what we can as a company to narrow it. We seek to share our experiences with you, and help you achieve your goals as climbers and outdoor enthusiasts. 

 

Women’s Specific Climbing Programs

 

AMG offers courses specifically for Women and female-identifying individuals. These courses are led by our team of female-identifying guides, who all are excited to share their talents with you and create a space for you to experience rock climbing safely. 

  • Who’s it for? Women and female-identifying individuals
  • Where do we go? We will utilize the amazing terrain of Acadia National Park using different climbing venues dependent on the ability of the group as well as the instructional goals of the day!
  • No Pre-requisites!

2024 Dates TBD

Women’s Climbing and Yoga Retreat

Acadia National Park, ME

$235.00

2024 Dates TBD

Women’s Climbing Day

Acadia National Park, ME 

$135.00

2024 Dates TBD

Women’s Anchoring Clinic

Acadia National Park, ME 

 

 

LGBTQ+ Climbing Programs

AMG’s goal is to create a space for queer folk to experience rock climbing in a safe and inclusive environment. We know the step into outdoor climbing has historically been difficult for these folk, so we aim to create an space where you can feel confident as strong climbers and leaders. We believe offering mentorship from similarly identifying guides is an important step in allowing historically under-represented groups to adventure, advocate, push their limits, and build relationships with like-minded peers.

  • Who’s it for? LGBTQ+ folk looking to experience rock climbing or garner more skills
  • Where do we go? We will utilize the amazing terrain of Acadia National Park using different climbing venues dependent on the ability of the group as well as the instructional goals of the day!
  • No Pre-requisites!
June 3rd – 4th, 2023

LGBTQ+ Climbing Weekend

Acadia National Park, ME

$235.00
June 24th, 2023

LGBTQ+ Climbing Day

Acadia National Park, ME

$135.00

Jess Beneski
Single Pitch Instructor
PCIA Single Pitch Climbing Instructor | AMGA Single Pitch Instructor | AIARE Level 1 | Wilderness First Responder | 200-Hour Yoga Teacher | B.S. in Zoology, Minor is Psychology
Jess Beneski
Celeste Crowley
Single Pitch Instructor
PCIA Single Pitch Climbing Instructor | AMGA Single Pitch Instructor | Wilderness First Responder | B.A. in Human Ecology
Mackenzie Connor
Single Pitch Instructor
PCIA Single Pitch Climbing Instructor | AMGA Single Pitch Instructor | AIARE Level I | Wilderness First Responder | B.S. in Environmental Sciences, Minor in Outdoor Leadership
Mack Connor
Kenna Haller
Single Pitch Instructor
PCIA Single Pitch Climbing Instructor | AMGA Single Pitch Instructor | Wilderness First Responder
Kenna Haller

These programs would not be possible if it was not for the ambitious activism from the guide staff at Acadia Mountain Guides. We would like to take a moment here to thank them for their hard work and the brain power they put into this project. It is near and dear to our hearts, and it makes us proud to know our staff members are committed to the growth of the company, as well as the inclusion of under-represented groups into the outdoors. 

Please thank our staff when you work with them!

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 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.

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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Gear Rental Program

AMGCS also rents outdoor equipment for your convenience. All clients receive 25% off rental equipment for use on our courses.
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