Update: Climbing guide seriously hurt in fall



A climbing guide was seriously injured Wednesday after falling approximately 40 feet off the south wall of the Precipice on Champlain Mountain.

ACADIA NAT’L PARK – A technical climbing guide was severely injured after falling approximately 40 feet off the south wall of the Precipice on Champlain Mountain shortly after noon Wednesday. He is the second guide for Acadia Mountain Guides of Bar Harbor to be seriously injured in an accident in just over a month.

According to rangers the guide, age 39, whose name was not being released prior to press time, fell while guiding two clients on a climb. Neither of the clients was hurt.

Park personnel and paramedics from the Bar Harbor Fire Department were able to administer first aid and pass a litter holding the injured man down across a field of large boulders. Injuries included cuts, bruises, possible broken bones and spinal complications.

After a short carryout the man was taken by Bar Harbor Ambulance to the Sand Beach Parking area where a Lifeflight helicopter ambulance was waiting to take him directly to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

On June 16, a guide for Acadia Mountain Guides fell approximately 25 feet off Otter Cliffs when his rope broke. Two clients from Boston were also injured in that accident.

Wednesday’s accident remains under investigation.

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Earl Brechlin

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Islander editor Earl Brechlin first discovered Mount Desert Island 35 years ago – and never left. The author of seven guide and casual history books, he is a Registered Maine Guide and has served as president of the Maine and New England Press Associations. He and his wife live in Bar Harbor.
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