The Salty Blog

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

Nov 15 2018

Inside Game no. 8: Michaela Tracy

Michaela Tracy on “Numb Thumb” (V7) at Pawtuckaway State Park. FINDING HER ZONE Michaela Tracy has always struggled to define ho­­me. The daughter of two American ex-pats, she was born…

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Oct 1 2018

Our Fall 2018 Youth Bouldering Comp Was A Huge Success!

On Saturday, September 29, 2018, Salt Pump welcomed more the 180 youth competitors from across New England for our U.S.A Climbing Local Youth Bouldering Competition. Competition Results have are posted…

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Sep 27 2018

Journeying into the Great Outdoors

By Zack Sawyer Climbing long existed on the outskirts of society and sport. Climbing gyms, especially today’s modern and inclusive ones, have dramatically changed this. At Salt Pump, we feel…

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Sep 19 2018

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…

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Sep 19 2018

Inside Game no. 7: Mike Morin

Our Man in the Trenches “It’s funny, people’s idea about what a bolt or fixed protection is,” says Mike Morin, the Access Fund’s Northeast Regional Director. “If you’re not a…

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Sep 18 2018

New Climbing Art

Welcome, Rumney! In honor of the autumnal equinox, we’re excited to introduce a new climbing art design – in honor of our favorite sport-climbing venue. The photo was taken by…

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Sep 11 2018

From Gym to Crag: Salt Pump Kids’ Outdoor Climbing Day

Young climbers in our after-school programs have been spending time at Salt Pump learning the skills they need to get outside, including how to belay, manage ropes, read routes, and…

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Sep 11 2018

Community Lead Route Grading Project

Community Grading Project Thank you to everyone who has participated in the Community Grading Project. Our goal was to take the grades proposed by climbers that have sent the routes,share…

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Apr 22 2018

Rest your paws!

Climbing is 90 precent resting. We are psyched to introduce this new climbing cartoon from Kerry Bernard. Kerry’s a seasoned A.T.  through-hiker and commercial designer who sells her own White…

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Mar 22 2018

Maine Breaks

Maine Breaks  It’s no secret that climbing and surfing go together like peanut butter and jelly. In fact, on certain fall days when the swell is up, it would not…

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Mar 8 2018

Inside Game No. 6: Ethan Pringle

“Failures are always interesting,” Ethan Pringle muses. “That’s where you probably try your hardest, because you didn’t actually do it, so you didn’t have to give it just 80 percent,…

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Mar 8 2018

Taking Flight, or, How to Dyno

By Henry Fitts Hips swinging, legs kicking, and bodies flying. “Dynos” have always been dramatic eye-catchers. Dyno as in dynamic. Dynamic motion is the only option for bridging the gap…

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