Custom Climbing at Acadia National Park

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

Are you visiting Acadia, but don't have your gear and you want to to try some of the park's classic climbs? Relax! We'll take care of everything. There are plenty of areas to climb with some views second to none. Partner with our guides and try climbing Precipice, Otter Cliffs, South Bubble, Canada Cliff or Greathead.


This day is yours to customize. Do you have had specific objectives in mind, climbing with a specific focus? Or maybe you’d like to learn some advanced techniques? Partner with the best and create your ideal day on the rocks. Our staff and guides will discuss your goals with you and help you plan the perfect climb.

  • Develop face, slab and crack climbing techniques
  • Focus on fundamentals like belaying a lead climber, anchors, knots, lowering and rappelling
  • Learn to lead traditional multi-pitch routes
  • Work on short roping skills
Here’s what your day could 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 experiencing rock climbing
  • 12:30pm: Call it a day and head home!
After your day of customized climbing you will:
  • Be more confident climbing outdoors
  • Place protection and build anchors, become familiar with best practices and climbing etiquette
  • Be able to transition from indoor to outdoor challenges with greater ease
  • Feel more comfortable navigating route selection and route management

New to rock climbing? Check out the Introduction to Rock Climbing at Acadia class.

Where we are
Meeting Location
Atlantic Climbing School
What is included
  • All technical climbing gear like ropes, harnesses...you 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
What to wear
  • Sunscreen
  • Dress appropriately for the weather and bring your usual athletic clothes (layering  is great!)
  • 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.