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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.

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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Protect Mount Washington – Why Bother?

Looking out over the Great Gulf Wilderness, near the site of the proposed hotel. Image courtesy Protect Mount Washington. By Janet Wilkinson A web of trails, a road, and train tracks all lead to Mount Washington‘s summit. A year-round weather observatory, seasonal cafeteria and gift shop, and a 50+ car parking lot surround the perhaps-not-so-pristine summit cairn.…

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Introducing Our Camp Director, Trish Cloutier

Please join us in welcoming Trish Cloutier as Salt Pump’s Summer Camp Director! Trish has worked with adolescents in an outdoor setting for programs all over New England and in the Rocky Mountains. Originally from the Mount Washington Valley in New Hampshire, she still loves spending her free time adventuring in the White Mountains. Trish…

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Transitioning From Indoor to Outdoor Climbing

If you are looking for a trusted partner to share outdoor rock climbing with this season, we are here for you.   The step from gym to outdoor climbing is both significant and consequential. One notable challenge is navigation: Choosing an appropriate crag to climb at, finding your way to it, locating the route you…

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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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