The Salty Blog

The official blog of Salt Pump Climbing Co. - Featuring news, stories, tips, and inspiration for the New England climber.

Salt Pump Will Close

Friends, It breaks our hearts to say this, but Salt Pump will be closing effective immediately until further notice. All programs and scheduled events will also be cancelled until we reopen. We make this decision based on additional guidance from government officials and what we perceive to be a critical mass of local public facility…

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Letter from Taki Miyamoto, Managing Partner of Salt Pump Climbing Co.

Dear Salt Pump Community,   My name is Taki Miyamoto. I know many of you but if I have not had the opportunity to introduce myself in person, I am the managing partner of Salt Pump. I want to provide you with context for our decision-making. The long and short of it is: we want…

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Mar 14 2020

Update on COVID 19: Reduced Usage Plan

As the coronavirus situation evolves, everyone’s health is of the utmost importance. In order to keep providing access to Salt Pump that is in line with CDC guidelines about social distancing, on Monday, 3/16, we will implement a temporary reduced usage plan. The number of climbers in our facility will be limited to 60 individuals…

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Mar 11 2020

Health and Safety at Salt Pump

Dear Salt Pump Community, We are closely monitoring the potential spread of the coronavirus in Maine and its potential impact on our community and operations. As of March 10, 2020, according to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), there are no confirmed cases of 2019 novel coronavirus in Maine and the risk…

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Feb 12 2020

The Clampdown 2020: Full results, photos, and more…

On Saturday, February 8th, over a hundred competitors and spectators braved single digit temperatures to attend the Inaugural edition of The Clampdown – Salt Pump’s come-one, come-all adult competition for climbers of all abilities. $2,000 in cash prizes were awarded to the top three male and female competitors, while the winners of the intermediate and…

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Jan 28 2020

Quinn Brett comes to Salt Pump!

We couldn’t be more psyched to have hardcore climber and adaptive athlete Quinn Brett visiting Salt Pump on February 21st to share some of her experiences. The event is open to the public free of charge, though a completed Salt Pump waiver is required.

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Jan 28 2020

Training for Climbing: Step Zero

Although it may not feel like it right now, spring is just around the corner. That means it’s a great time to start thinking about what you can do to improve for the upcoming rock season. Training for climbing is hardwork, but finding the motivation to commit to a training program and stick to it…

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Jan 8 2020

Welcome to Adventure Club

Note: Nick Kelley recently joined Salt Pump as an instructor working with our kids and adult programs. A graduate of Northern Vermont University with a degree in Outdoor Recreation, Nick brings a passion for adventure and teaching to Salt Pump. When it comes to climbing, everyone starts somewhere. I took my first rock climbing class…

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Dec 17 2019

Stay Hip: Working the Glutes, Hamstrings, and Core

You need strong hips to support the work being done by our pelvis and core – the hinge point of so much climbing motion. When these muscles aren’t strong enough, you begin to compensate for the weaknesses in unhealthy ways, resulting in many injuries from this break in the kinetic chain. According to the American…

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Oct 1 2019

Welcome to the Little Big League!

We will be closed from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 5th, while Team Salt Pump hosts our annual U.S.A.C. bouldering competition… And as soon as we reopen, The Little Big League, our adult community bouldering comp, will begin utilizing the 40+ brand new problems. Your hardest circuit grade send in the last…

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Sep 16 2019

Head 2 Head: Mind Games With Will Wild

Fear is a funny thing. When I first started lead climbing I was terrified of falling. I felt helpless on the wall, unable to move above my last clip and into the unknown territory of the iminent whipper. I climbed below my level for a long time trying to build the confidence to push myself.…

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Aug 19 2019

The 10 – 4 Rule: Why Projecting Might Be Holding You Back

Local hardwoman and Team Salt Pump coach Alison Crofton-MacDonald on Ride The Lightning (V6) at Pawtuckaway State Park. Climbing has a tendency to bring out the obsessive side in all of us. We all know the feeling of getting sucked into trying that one boulder problem or route that’s a step (or two) beyond your…

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