Introduction to Rock Climbing in Acadia National Park

half day, AM or PM
All ages
1–5 people

Curious about rock climbing, or looking to try something new? This course is for people with little or no climbing experience! You'll learn about tying into a climbing rope, belaying, and rappelling. Our half-day course is perfect for you to get a taste of what rock climbing and Acadia National Park have to offer!

This class is perfect for discovering the beauty of climbing outside.

What you’ll learn while rock climbing

Your day of climbing begins with detailed instruction about climbing gear and safety. Next, we’ll work on basic body positioning and climbing techniques. After we go over the foundations of rock climbing, you’ll have plenty of time to practice what you learn on the crags. You’ll learn:

  • The basics of safety in climbing and how to use ropes, knots and harnesses
  • The development of efficient climbing techniques and body positions
  • The fundamentals of anchors, belaying and rappelling

Looking for something more specialized? Check out our Custom Climbing at Acadia.


Absolutely no climbing experience necessary.

Schedule –  what a day of climbing can look like
  • 8:00am: Meet your guide at the guide’s recommended location
  • 8:15am: Gear up and carpool to the cliffs
  • 8:30am – 12:30: Spend the day climbing
  • 12:30pm: Call it a day and head home!

Start time is 8:00am, but if you need flexibility or want an afternoon course, let us know!

Where we are
What is included
  • All technical climbing gear like ropes, name it
What to bring
  • 2 liters of water, snacks and lunch
  • Hiking shoes or sneakers
  • Daypack large enough to carry water, food and extra layers
  • Bring a camera! There'll be some great shots
What to wear
  • Sunscreen
  • Dress appropriately for the weather and bring your usual athletic clothes
  • Jeans are not recommended, and no sandals, please
Why book through 57hours?

We’re an adventure loving, rock climbing, tech company that loves all things outdoors-y. Why spend days looking for the right guide and adrenaline rush, when we can (and already did) do it for you? Want a serious guide for a challenging climb? We know a bunch. How about a guide to show you around the Alps? Check. Maybe your kids want to climb and won’t stop going on about it until you book them a trip. Yes, we know guides who are great for beginners, too. Oh, yeah, every guide we know prioritizes SAFETY and FUN. Book with 57hours, we’ve done your work for you, you’re welcome.

Guides running this program

Eli Simon

Eli is the lead guide and owner of Atlantic Climbing School. Eli began climbing in 1999 in his hometown of Rockport, ME. He has climbed or guided on every continent except Antarctica. He has climbed 10 big wall routes on Yosemite’s famed El Capitan, all of the peaks in the Fitzroy massif in Patagonia. He has had many first ascents in Patagonia, Mexico, and Newfoundland. He is a dedicated educator and is Maine’s only provider of the AMGA Single Pitch Instructor course. Eli is a graduate of Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Eli has worked professionally as a nationally registered emergency medical technician and a sailboat captain, holding a U.S Coast Guard 50 ton captain license. Although climbing and guiding take Eli all over the globe, there is no place he would rather be than on the beautiful coast of Maine sharing his love for climbing with others.

Ryan Scott

Ryan is originally from the Florida Keys, where he grew up with a passion for surfing. Despite Florida being rather flat, Ryan always had a keen interest in the mountains. He was exposed to climbing while at college in southeast Ohio where his studies focused on adventure leadership and emergency medicine. He is a certified AMGA Single Pitch Instructor and had completed an AMGA Rock Guide Course. Ryan is a Nationally certified wilderness AEMT. He has climbed and guided at famous climbing destinations all over the US, including Seneca Rocks West Virginia, Red River Gorge Kentucky, Yosemite, New River Gorge West Virginia, and the T-wall in Tennessee. Ryan feels privileged to share such beautiful places with others, and feels honored to be a professional climbing guide. His utmost concern is to provide a safe, fun, and enjoyable experience.