In the mid 80's John Harlin wrote "The climbers Guide to North America", a trilogy describing various North American climbing destinations. His description of climbing at Mount Desert Island or Acadia National Park sparked my curiosity. Finally, in 2003, I got around to travelling to this beautiful area to experience North American version of sea cliff climbing. I had climbed sea cliffs previously at Pembroke in the U.K. and enjoyed the rush immensely.

Climbers have come to the beautiful, rocky coastline of Acadia National Park for over century to climb. Once this Island was the playground of the filthy rich,Rockefeller's, now a National park for all to visit. Climbers come to experience the sea cliff climbing, one of the few places in North America where this type of climbing is available.

 A new route was added to the Seastack at Otter cliffs by Fritz Weissner in the 1930's.

The sea has never been friendly to man. At most it has been the accomplice of human restlessness. Joseph Conrad 

The Guillotine, a classic route at Otter cliffs.

A Dare by the Sea, a classic crack line at Otter cliffs.


Wild, intimidating climbing high over the ocean, at Great Head. Some say this is the North American equivalent to Gogarth in the U.K. Certainly a serious and intimidating place. 

The repulsion and attraction negate each other in a supreme orgasm - John Redhead

The cavern at great Head, a scary, dangerous place that is sure to get the adrenal glands functioning. Crashing waves, tide, wind and fog conspire to create a sensory overload.

“Lately it occurs to me, What a long, strange trip it's been” Grateful Dead

Sunset viewed from on top of Cadillac Mountain draw crowds of tourists on clear evenings.

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