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The Salty Blog

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

April 7 USA Climbing Youth Sport Local Climbing Competition

Salt Pump is pleased to host a USA Climbing Youth Sport Local Climbing Competition on Saturday, April 7, 2018. Details Pre-Registration Required – Must register before April 5th @ 6pm Flash Format Competition – a strict running order will be assigned (Schedule TBD) Randomized Running Order will be posted on April 6th @ 9am Schedule will…

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Becoming a Climbing Family

  There is a certain moment when a person undergoes a metamorphosis, transforming from someone who climbs to a climber. For this family, their youngest son Declan was the catalyst for that transformation. Not only did Declan become a climber, but his family became a climbing family. Now, Declan, his brother Eamon, and parents Lee and Rachel climb as…

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Banff Mountain Film Festival Returns to Portland February 11-12

We’re proudly sponsoring Banff Mountain Film Festival’s Portland stop, February 11 and 12 at State Theater! Buy tickets at Salt Pump for $18 in advance (students $15 with school ID), or at the door.   The official Press Release: Hot on the heels of the largest and most prestigious mountain film festivals in the world,…

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From the Training Pagoda: Treadwall Training Tips

By Matty Zane Winter is now officially here! Which for most New England rock climbers marks the start of the training season. One of the many training tools that Salt Pump offers is the tread-wall. The tread-wall can be used in all sorts of ways to train your endurance, power, strength and base fitness. Below…

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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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Route Setting Update: Lead Training Routes

By Tino Fiumara Hello from the world of route setting. It has been a busy fall and we hope that everyone has enjoyed new sets that have been going up. All of the bouldering (over 110 problems) and the entire Lead Wall (37 routes) were reset and now we’ve been pouring our setting energy into…

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New Yoga Classes and Schedule

New Salt Pump Yoga classes begin November 13 THE SALT PUMP YOGA ROOM HAS GOTTEN A FULL MAKEOVER, NEW CLASSES HAVE BEEN ADDED TO OUR REGULAR SCHEDULE, WE HAVE A NEW YOGA RETAIL SECTION IN OUR PRO-SHOP, AND WE ARE RUNNING A YOGA GEAR GIVE-AWAY! Salt Pump is excited to introduce these new classes: Intro…

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Halloween Costume Contest Winners

Congrats to our Halloween Party Instagram Costume Contest Winners!                        

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Salt Pump in the news: Maine Thing Quarterly

Check out this nice feature about climbing in Maine, and at Salt Pump, in ‘The Maine Thing Quarterly’! “While Maine’s outdoor climbing scene is truly phenomenal, there’s the whole other realm of climbing that’s become a phenomenon of its own. That would be the great indoors. How great? Taki Miyamoto left a successful law practice…

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Salt Pump Halloween!

Halloween at Salt Pump means vertical trick-or-treating, Kai’s world famous Haunted House, and a costume contest, plus other themed games, prizes and refreshments to enjoy. All FREE after cost of gym entry (day pass, punch of your punch card, or member check-in). Check out the latest party plans and updates at the Facebook Event Page.…

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From the Training Pagoda: 4 Stretches That Will Improve Your Climbing Now

By Freddie Wilkinson Everyone knows that flexibility is critical to climbing performance, yet it’s still overlooked by many climbers. Moreover, the root cause of many climbing injuries are overworked, excessively tight muscle groups. Two of the most beneficial areas to target are the shoulders and hips. Here are a couple of basic stretches you can…

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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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