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Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight: Jean Juliano

Maine life comes easy to Jean Juliano, even if her current home in Portland is a long way from where she was raised – the island of Kaua’i in Hawaii. “I like living the coastal life like I did growing up on an island, but here I can venture farther and the roads don’t end.…

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Member Spotlight: The Climbing Art Teacher

Meet Alison Crofton-MacDonald “The nice thing about teaching art is you always have something in your hands,” says Alison Crofton-MacDonald. Alison is a twenty-seven year old middle school art teacher in the Saco school system. When she discovered climbing four and a half years ago, she was immediately hooked, and in short order her passion…

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Member Spotlight: Nick Woodman

A twenty-five year old Machinery Mechanic at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Nick Woodman grew up in Saco, where he played defensive end on the Thorton Academy football team and was active in the outdoor adventure club. His early adventures focused on sea kayaking, road cycling, and hiking in the White Mountains. Nick began technical climbing…

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Member Spotlight: Mark and Debbi Currier

  Mark and Debbi Currier joined Salt Pump earlier this year. In the few brief months we’ve known them, we’ve been inspired by their powerful psyche for the sport of climbing, and impressed at their ability to squeeze visits to Salt Pump into their extra-hectic day-to-day lives. 1. Where is “home”? Milton, NH. 2. What’s…

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Member Spotlight: Dianne Roberts

Dianne Roberts, 69 years old, has been climbing for just two months. She is originally from the Portland area and now lives in Gorham. Between those two locations, about twenty years, she and her husband John early retired to Park City, Utah to ski and travel the west. They ‘ski bummed’ all over Utah, volunteered…

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John Patrick: Member Spotlight

  Many Salt Pumpers know member John Patrick as the scrappy, bearded fellow who can’t get enough of our lead wall. Few may realize, however that John, an incurable climber, leads a double life as the Reverend of the Demark Congregational Church, “a small village Church with a big heart and a global vision”. As a…

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Lisa Harmon: Member Spotlight

  “Heights aren’t my fear”, says Lisa Harmon. “It’s the falling”. Still that didn’t stop Lisa, a fifty-two year old mother of her two boys who works in code enforcement, from gamely signing up for our learn to lead class. Her enthusiasm and determination were obvious to everyone in the class, and Lisa was was…

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Robbie Panta: Member Spotlight

Fourteen year-old Scarborough local Robbie Panta has been climbing less than a year. Last January, a friend suggested they visit Salt Pump to try climbing together. “I’m really energetic,” Robbie says, “and I like to play games and run around doing things, so climbing seemed like it’d be fun.” Robbie’s other sporting activities include soccer,…

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Lydia Ball: Member Spotlight

The next participant in our Member Spotlight series is Lydia Ball. Lydia’s 25 years old and works in sustainability with the Ahold Delhaize Group. She’s only been climbing for two years, yet she has an acute understanding of the mental aspects of the sport and an appreciation for the community that a gym climbing atmosphere provides. Although she loves…

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Daniel Lenzi: Member Spotlight

Since Salt Pump opened its doors, we have been privileged to get to know many countless members and guests — from first-time climbers to barefoot 5.13 crack masters and people at virtually every phase of the climbing life in between. Who has visited Salt Pump the most number of times? That distinction goes to Dan Lenzi, a passionate…

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