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Areas in Penobscot Bay to Schoodic Point

Bluff Head 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
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Elevation: 21 ft
GPS: 44.367, -68.549 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Jonathan Steitzer on Nov 6, 2017
Admins: Ladd, Jonathan Steitzer, Robert Hall
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Pen Bay to Schoodic Point: including offshore islands and coastal lands

Granite is the one word to know about this part of Maine. It defines the landscape and the history of the land. History stretches back farther here than almost anywhere else on the continent, in terms of European presence at least. These shores have been logged, farmed, fueled shipbuilding and home to some of the greatest merchant fleets of anywhere in the world. America's first naval battle was fought in these waters, and ancient forts from the revolutionary war can be found on these shores. Lobsterman and beautiful schooners still ply the waters in the summers. For many this is the heart of Maine, and the bedrock of the place is Granite.

Maine became the engine for granite production in the north east. Many of these now low islands used to have tall granite domes, that were systematically quarried and then through ease of access to the water the granite was shipped to Boston, to New York, to build the finest buildings on the east coast. The pink granite of Acadia can be found here, and a granite quarry is still active on Crotch Island.

There are endless islands, small year round fishing villages, the occasional manse of some of the oldest money in the country, and many places to get lost. Camden Hills are on the western shore of Penobscot bay, and the best way to get to Acadia is to take a boat and sail across the bay and through Merchants Row till you come to Somes sound, then you can go ashore and climb the beautiful cliffs of Mt Desert Island.

If you go anywhere in Maine to climb, go here.

Major Climbing Areas:

This region encompasses two of Maine's major climbing attractions, Camden Hills perennially popular with locals and with a strong local community history, and Acadia National Park, one of the major American national parks and also a source of storied seaside climbing.



Guidebooks

Both Camden and Acadia each have a respective guidebook that covers the local area, available at local climbing shops. The guidebooks are highly recommended and contain useful topos to help orient yourself. The proceeds also help support the locals who maintain the cliff hardware and act as stewards of the cliffs, ensuring continued access.

Guide Services

A number of Guiding outfits service both Camden and Acadia.

Atlantic Climbing School

Acadia Mountain Guides

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