Atlantic Climbing School (ACS) is a full service rock climbing guide service based in Acadia National Park. For 19 years ACS has specialized in small, custom rock climbing courses for individuals, couples, families, and groups. With our focused curriculum, at ACS we orchestrate rock climbing courses that routinely exceed our client’s expectations.
ACS is one of just 30 programs in the US to be accredited by the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA).
All of our staff are either certified AMGA Rock Guides, Rock Instructors, or Single Pitch Instructors and we are proud to be the only guide service in Maine to have this distinction.
At ACS, we pride ourselves on our sterling reputation. With an outstanding safety record and our experienced staff of professional guides, we strive every day to continue to be Maine’s premier climbing school.
ACS conducts all of its summer courses in Acadia National Park and in the Camden Hills area. Acadia’s unique sea cliffs and Camden’s varied terrain are ideal locations for everyone from the first-time climber up to experienced veterans.
Growing up in Camden, Maine I developed a deep appreciation for Maine’s rugged coastline. I soon became acquainted with Camden Hills’ unique metamorphic escarpments and Acadia’s pink granite cliffs. Although during the off-season I climb and guide in other areas — from New Hampshire to Argentina and many places in-between — every year I return to my hometown crags for their refreshing seaside climbing. Come join me at Atlantic Climbing School and experience all that coastal Maine has to offer.
The ACS curriculum is extensive but focused — refined from more than thirty years of climbing and guiding experience. We consider each client unique, with a special combination of experience, skills, age, and fitness. For this reason the content of all of our courses can be personalized to meet the specific goals or needs of each client. That is also why ACS client-to-guide ratios remain small. We feel strongly that these factors are vital to helping us consistently deliver a quality course for every client.
In fun, in professional commitment, in everything we do — at Atlantic Climbing School, WE CLIMB HIGHER.