Mankind's feeble climbing skills and inability to digest delicious tin cans are two ways in which evolution left humans inferior to goats. Channel an inner mountain goat with today's Groupon: for $45, you get $90 worth of outdoor rock or ice climbing from Acadia Mountain Guides in Bar Harbor.
Acadia Mountain Guides' internationally licensed climbing guru Jon Tierney leads all skill levels up various rock and ice faces in Acadia National Park, Clifton, and Camden. During private or semiprivate rock-climbing lessons and guided sessions, climbers of all ages can view panoramic mountain vistas while building new skills and enjoying fresh air (group rates start at $45 for a half day, $70 for a full day). Custom-tailored instruction guides individuals, couples, families, or groups of Beatles impersonators through the tenets of climbing or assists in advancing experienced verticalists' skills and confidence. Mountaineers learn about knots, demands, anchoring concepts, and a variety of other skills while carrying out a curriculum designed in tandem with their guide.
In the winter, foil frozen waterfalls with a range of ice-climbing programs. During training, polar pioneers will gain confidence, learn to read the ice, become familiar with climbing tools, and create a solid foundation on which to build knowledge and snow forts. Check the schedule for a complete chart of rates and program dates.
Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School
High above the Atlantic’s lapping waves, helmeted figures scale vertical rock walls. Undaunted, they surmount challenging obstacles and overhangs, building anchors and belaying while learning technical skills from a beginning level. They feel safe with the knowledge that they’re being overseen by American Mountain Guide Association or Professional Climbing Instructors Association-certified climbing instructors. Director Jon Tierney––who also boasts an international guiding license from the IFMGA––leads Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School’s faculty of certified and experienced guides as they usher first-time and experienced explorers up majestic rock faces, snow-covered cliffs, and frozen waterfalls. Company guides have showcased their comfort in varied terrain as well, having applied their climbing skills on film sets to set up safety rigging for Shutter Island.
Guides provide mentorship during multi-day mountaineering trips to distant mountains, and lead day trips to share pivotal climbing skills that help students scale a range of icy and rocky conditions. In an array of advanced or basic classes, they instruct pupils on principles of anchoring, top roping, belaying, and sport or lead climbing.