Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Acadia Climbing Trip

Over the long weekend we sent a group of students to beautiful Acadia National Park for two days of rock climbing and one day of hiking. Despite a little rain, everyone still had an awesome time in the unique, marine environment.
We spent our first day in the Precipice climbing area where we had beautiful weather and amazing views of the ocean from the top of the cliffs.

A unique approach to the climb.

Teaching moment.

WP Leader Mike Carlin giving some advice.

All smiles after an awesome climb.

The stone stair case.

Mike leading up a climb.

We woke up early on Saturday morning to watch an amazing sunrise over the ocean.

Sunday turned into a rainy day. Since it was too wet to climb we decided to explore some of the hiking areas on Mount Desert Island.

The Saltine Challege... Eben won.

Summiting in the rain.

Summit conga line.

Hiding from the rain in a cave.
Looking out over the ocean.

On our last day in Acadia we had the chance to climb at Otter Cliffs. Otter is directly on the ocean, meaning that we were climbing above the water all day. It's one of the most unique places the Wilderness Program sends participants.

Setting up the Sea stack.

Climbing the Sea Stack.

Looking down the Sea Stacks.

A pretty awesome place to eat lunch.

Watching out for waves.

WP Leaders Sarah Fox and Betsy Manero taking a lunch break in beautiful Acadia.

Stoked at the top of a climb.

As soon as the sun came out, we found some dry rock!

Group shot!

Looking over the edge of the Sea Stack.

As the tide went down we got to see more rock!

Watching out for algae.

Trad gear.

Even though it was super wet in the beginning of the day, we still found some awesome climbs!

WP Leader Mike Carlin look for a rope.

Check out that 'stache. You can vote for Mike's WP mustache dominance on our Facebook Page

Thanks to all of our awesome participants and leaders!

Stop by our office Alliot 204 to sign up for trips!