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Rock Climbing in Camden

Camden | Maine
Trip Highlights

Top three reasons to go climbing in Camden

  • Trip Highlight

    Less crowded than Acadia but with equally amazing climbing

  • Trip Highlight

    Compact rock with many crimps, pockets, and horizontal breaks

  • Trip Highlight

    Stunning views from the top overlooking the nearby Lake Megunticook

Welcome to Camden, ME, where you can find a variety of rock and ice climbs on a half-dozen small yet exceptional cliffs! Camden Hills, just a 5-minute drive away from the city center, offers fun climbing on grippy, highly metamorphosed schist and gneiss rock. The various routes range from 5.3 to 5.12d, so every climber is guaranteed an amazing time. Camden also offers impressive climbs at The Ramparts and The Verticals. Looking to ease into your climb? Try starting at Barrett’s Cove Cliff and see where the day takes you. After a day of climbing, head back to this charming town center and the High Street Historic District, the restored Camden Opera House, and its 1830s lighthouse located in the harbor. This jewel of the Maine coast has something for every ocean lover, shopper, and outdoor adventurer!

Season

Year round

Duration

1 day

Skill level

Beginner to advanced

Group size

1 – 9 people

Itineraries

Choose how you spend your day

Half-Day of Private Climbing With a Guide

Half-day

Whether you’re a rock-climbing aficionado or a complete beginner on the rock, this guided half-day adventure will provide you with an amazing experience. This day is yours to customize — let your guide take you to the best areas suitable for your skills and choose what you want to focus on. Learn how to climb and how the equipment works, improve your technique or conquer a short and fun route. By the end of the trip, you will be stoked to come back out and do it again!

Full-Day of Private Climbing With a Guide

Full-day

Full day of climbing is always a good option, whether you are an experienced rock climber looking to sample the varied terrain in Camden or  a beginner looking to improve their skills. By the end of the day, you’ll be more confident climbing outdoors. Learn all about safety and anchors, become familiar with the best climbing etiquette, and feel more comfortable navigating route selection. Your guide will customize your 8-hour trip from the start according to your goals and skills, and they’ll make sure you have the time of your life!

Things to know

Things to know

Covid measures in Camden

57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity. 

We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Camden, Maine, please refer to the official State of Maine website.

Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

What's included?

What you get on this adventure:

  • An experienced, local rock-climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
  • A half or full day of rock climbing depending on your chosen itinerary
  • All technical climbing gear

What’s not included:

  • Transportation
  • Accommodations
  • Food and snacks

How fit do I need to be?

If you can climb a ladder, you’re good to go. Being in good shape is always a plus but far from necessary. Rock climbing is all about using good movement technique rather than muscling up a cliff using brute strength. To ensure you have a fun day, your guide will choose routes that best suit your skill and fitness level.

What if I’ve never climbed before?

No prior experience is necessary. Whether you’ve never donned a harness or you’re a seasoned climber, a guide will help you meet your individual objectives. Above all, your instructor’s number one priority is your safety. As long as you listen to the given instructions, you’ll succeed in completing your climb. 

For intermediate to advanced climbers, Camden has loads of routes to spend the day on. Your guide will discuss your objectives and customize the day to your goals. Let your guide plan the day so you can focus on developing your skills while climbing the classic routes or best hidden gems the area has to offer.

What about required equipment?

All technical climbing equipment will be provided by your guiding service. However, if you have your own gear, feel free to bring it. You’ll need:

  • Helmet
  • Harness with a locking carabiner, belay device, and chalk bag
  • Ropes
  • Rock shoes (included in the price, but we recommend bringing your own if you have them)
  • Climbing hardware (quickdraws, cam devices, stoppers, etc.)

Here’s a list of the equipment we suggest you bring:

  • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 40L bag)
  • Water bottle
  • Food you can eat on-the-go
  • Toiletries (sunscreen, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera — optional

Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

Group sizes and age requirements

Group sizes and prices:

  • The group size for these private climbs are usually between 1–6 people with one guide. 
  • Costs per person decrease as the group grows for private tours, so it’s the perfect opportunity to climb with friends and family. 

Climbing days in Camden can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.

Min. age requirements:

  • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
  • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to climb on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

Getting there and meeting location

To get to Camden, ME, most people fly into Bangor International Airport, less than 2 hours away. Once you get there, you can rent a car or motorcycle, or take a shuttle to Camden. 

You will meet your guide at Barretts Cove Beach off of Rt 52, approximately 2.5 miles outside of Camden, Maine. There, your guide will outfit you with all the gear you will need: shoes, harness, and helmet. Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will take you to the climbing spot for the day.

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