Atlantic Climbing School

Rated the #1 activity in Bar Harbor by Tripadvisor, Atlantic Climbing School offers world-class rock climbing courses in Acadia National Park for first-time climbers and experienced climbers alike.

Whether you are alone or with your family or corporate group, the Atlantic Climbing School offers half day and full day courses in climbing instruction with certified American Mountain Guides Association instructors and guides. For two decades Atlantic Climbing School has been Maine’s premier climbing guide service, specializing in small, custom rock and ice climbing courses in Acadia National Park, Camden, Maine and beyond.

Atlantic Climbing School has courses that are designed for both first-time climbers who want to give rock climbing a try without the time commitment of a more in-depth course, and for experienced climbers with a limited schedule.

The Climbing Experience – This 4-hour course for beginners focusing on the rock climbing experience. Consider this course a “test drive” By the end you’ll understand what a great sport rock climbing is and be in a position to consider whether you want to move on to the next step.

Advanced Climbing Lessons – These courses follow rock climbing experience from Level I: Top Rope competency, Level II: Second competency, through Level III: Lead competency. The curriculum is designed to mirror the progression that most experienced climbers follow in their own climbing development. The first exposure to the sport is in a “top rope” setting, followed by the next level as a “second” leader on longer climbs, and ultimately becoming a solid leader. Each level also includes a practice component that requires practice to master the skills and techniques of each competency level.

Multi-sport Adventures – Atlantic Climbing School and Thorfinn Expeditions offers a 3-day multi-sport program with their highly trained staff and state of the art equipment for the adventurous. Over the course of the excursion, you will rock climb, stand up paddleboard, sail, and hike using serious outdoor adventure and technical skills during the days and relaxing entertainment at night. The school provides each participant with a pair of climbing shoes, a harness and a helmet, chalk bags, daypacks, and course equipment including ropes, technical hardware, and a first aid kit.

Visitors to the school should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that allows freedom of movement including layers so that you may easily adapt to changing conditions. Footwear should be sturdy like tennis, running or hiking shoes. Clients are allowed to use their own climbing equipment (harness, helmet, climbing shoes, chalk bag, locking carabiners (2), and belay device), as long they are in sound condition and meet the school’s approval. Bring plenty of water, a few light snacks, sunscreen and sunglasses, as well as a small daypack to carry your personal items as well as the gear that the school provides.

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