We appreciate your support of Salt Pump Climbing as we bring indoor climbing back to Maine. The world is different now, and you will notice that Salt Pump has changed a bit, too. The health of our members, guests, and employees are our highest priority. With this in mind, we ask that you please familiarize yourself with our new policies.
We understand and respect that for some customers, wearing a mask while climbing may seem too constrictive to enjoy the freedom of climbing. If that's the case, we humbly request you refrain from visiting our facility for the time being.
No Rentals, Belay Tests, Or New Guests
Unfortunately, we do not feel we can offer any of these in a way that is safe for our community at this time.
Maintain Physical Distance
Please maintain a minimum physical distance of 6ft from other climbers and staff while in Salt Pump.
No dry chalk or chalk bags
Liquid chalk is available for purchase, and complimentary tubes will be provided at hand sanitation stations.
Current Gym Occupancy
In response to Covid-19, Salt Pump has adopted a maximum occupancy of 30 customers allowed in the facility at a given time. Please use this check-in counter to see the current occupancy before deciding whether to come climb with us.
Summer 2020 Hours of Operation
Tuesday - Friday: 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
How It Works
- Only pre-existing customers with a valid waiver on file from before Covid-19 are allowed to climb at Salt Pump at this time.
- Your first time back in the gym, you must reserve a spot for a brief, 15 minute orientation outlining our new guidelines and facility rules.
- Orientations can be booked online or over the phone and are offered every 2 hours.
- Signing up for an orientation does not guarantee that you will be able to climb at that time. If we are at capacity when your orientation is scheduled, you will receive an orientation but then we may ask you to leave until space is available. We will be happy to add you to our waitlist and call you when space has opened up. You are also welcome to check our online occupancy counter before coming in and re-schedule your orientation if you are concerned about not being able to climb.
- For the time being, there is no reservation system for climbing at Salt Pump and no cap on how many times you can climb per week, but please be mindful so that everyone can have access to the facility.
- Anyone entering the gym must wear a facemask, respect physical distancing of at least six feet, and try to sanitize their hands before and after each climb.
- Before entering the facility, please answer the below screening questions honestly.
- Thank you for your understanding!
Please do not enter the gym if you can answer “YES” to any of these questions
- Have you had a cough or sore throat?
- Have you had a fever or do you feel feverish?
- Do you have shortness of breath?
- Do you have loss of taste or smell?
- Have you been around anyone exhibiting these symptoms within the past 14 days?
- Are you living with anyone who is sick or quarantined?
- Have you been out of the state, with the exception of NH, CT, NJ, NY & VT, in the last 14 days?
Salt Pump recognizes that some former members may decide not to return to the gym for some time due to potential ongoing risks, or the inconveniences of our Covid-19 policies.
- All memberships will remain frozen at no charge until you're ready to start climbing at Salt Pump again.
- EFT members will be asked to pay a pro-rated fee the first day you return. You will then receive a two week credit towards the first full month membership fee as compensation for the two weeks after we closed on March 16th, 2020.
- Those holding pre-paid memberships will have their expiration date extended by the appropriate amount of days lost due to the closure, beginning the first day you return.
- Guest passes are temporarily suspended.
If you would like to cancel your membership, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- All patrons and staff must wear a facemask while in the facility - even while climbing.
- We request that everyone washes or sanitizes their hands before and after each climb - there are a dozen conveniently located sanitization stations throughout the gym.
- Please bring your own gear to climb. Rentals are currently unavailable, but we do sell everything you would need to climb.
- Physical distancing rules (staying at least 6 feet apart, no gathering in groups) must be followed.
- You will notice signs in the rope area as well as in the bouldering area to assist with maintaining physical distancing.
- No dogs or other pets will be allowed in Salt Pump for the time being, unless it is a registered service dog.
- No loose chalk will be allowed - please leave your chalk bag at home. Liquid chalk will be available for purchase.
- Please use only one piece of exercise equipment at a time - e.g. no circuit training or super setting, to ensure that each piece of equipment is properly cleaned after use.
- Footwear should be worn at all times - please bring a pair of flip-flops or slippers you can wear in-between climbs.
- There are a few services and amenities that are currently unavailable, including :
- Lead tests, belay tests, and classes. If you are not currently belay certified, you are welcome to climb with a certified partner, auto-belay, or boulder - just NOT belay.
- Water fountains. There is a sink available to fill water bottles.
- Single-use lockers. The cubbies will be open, please be mindful of the gear of others.
- Food and beverages are not for sale at this time.
- Anyone not climbing is asked not to enter the facility due to space limitations.
COVID-19 transmission risk is elevated during cardiovascular exercise and increased respiration; forceful respiration when coughing, sneezing, and yelling; close physical contact; and sustained physical contact.
Anyone who is unable to observe the guidelines in place for community health will respectfully be asked to leave the facility.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is gym capacity limited?
Limiting gym access helps reduce crowds and ensure social distancing in an effort to lower the risk of virus transmission at the gym. The occupancy limit is set by the state of Maine.
I've never been to Salt Pump, can I come now?
We ask that climbers that have never been to Salt Pump wait for their first visit. Climbers without a valid waiver already on file must wait until further notice. This is a learning phase for everyone and we appreciate your understanding as we get back into gear.
I am traveling from out of state and have been to Salt Pump before. Can I climb?
According to the updated Governors orders: If you are traveling from NH, VT, CT, NY, or NJ, you do not have to quarantine and are welcome to climb. If you are traveling from any other state we ask that you comply with Governor's orders to either quarantine for 14 days, or receive a negative COVID test.
Can I rent climbing gear?
Harnesses, shoes, or chalk-bags are unavailable for rent at this time. We still do have a full selection of shoes and harnesses for sale. Lead climbers may still borrow a lead rope.
I've been to Salt Pump before and I have my own gear, but I need a belay test. Is it still okay to come?
At this time, belay tests are unavailable to reduce instances that promote close interaction. If you do not already have a valid belay certification, you can boulder, auto-belay, and rope climb...just not belay.
Are the weekly Yoga and Fitness Classes still available?
We have paused all of the weekly yoga and fitness classes at this time. Outdoor fitness programming is being considered for the parking lot and grass area. Please let us know if this would interest you!
What Classes are available?
At this time, we have paused our Intro to Climbing, Intro to Movement, and Skill Seminars. The Youth Summer Camp is available for K - 5th grade aged participants. Intro to Lead, Private Lessons and Personal Training are still currently available. Please call with questions!
I am not a member, can I sign up?
Yes! You can sign up online HERE. Please remember that we are not offering instruction or rentals at this time. This includes belay instruction and belay tests. If you are a new climber, this may limit your options.
What about people in an at-risk population?
At the moment, we aren’t offering any specific climbing times for climbers that perceive themselves to be at a higher risk of illness from Covid-19. If this option appeals to you, please drop us a line and let us know.
What is Salt Pump doing to keep the gym clean?
Our staff is constantly on the prowl with a rag and disinfectant spray to wipe down high touch surfaces such as door knobs, handrails, countertops, auto-belay clipping points, cubbies, and bathrooms. The entire facility (except for ropes and climbing holds) is cleaned every evening and all mats and carpets are disinfected. We have also added a dozen hand sanitizer stations throughout the gym to make sure you are always only a few steps away from clean hands!
When will things return to “normal”?
We wish we could say. This question is simply impossible to answer right now and only time will tell. If the spread of the virus and reported cases continue to decrease and the state is able to continue to ease the restrictions on gatherings and business, then hopefully this is the first step on our path back to normal operations. If there ends up being a resurgence in cases though, we might have to continue our limited operation or even restrict things further. That is why, more than ever, we all need to follow the rules, support and adhere to the guidelines set by the state, and be kind and supportive of one another. A second outbreak that closes down Salt Pump and other climbing gyms would be devastating - please help be part of the solution!