Since Salt Pump opened its doors, we have been privileged to get to know many countless members and guests — from first-time climbers to barefoot 5.13 crack masters and people at virtually every phase of the climbing life in between. Who has visited Salt Pump the most number of times? That distinction goes to Dan Lenzi, a passionate red-headed climber, who (as of Monday, May 23rd) has checked into Salt Pump 161 times – that’s more than once every other day since we opened. We caught up with Dan for the inaugural edition of our Member Spotlight.
1. Where is “home”?
Home is where ever I feel at peace. I’ve never really been too connected to the houses I’ve lived in. This lead to a transient groove added to my step.
Salt Pump, is a home.
Sawyer Street, is a home.
S**t, the White Mountains are a home.
2. What’s the best thing about living in Maine?
The people. I’ve always said the most bizarre, quirky, and genuine people are some of the old souls I’ve met around the state!
3. What’s the worst thing about living in Maine?
Winter. Me and my brain really have grown a distaste for snow, cold, ice, and lack of vitamin- d, slipping, seeing my breath and the over all feeling that the world is in fact coming to an abrupt end.
4. How long have you been climbing for?
Collectively 4 years now.
5. What makes climbing unique and/or different from other forms of physical activity?
What makes climbing so unique in my eyes, are its ability to expand what you find to be possible, as you yourself are progress through the countless motions with in your body you had no idea existed.
So, its gate to the realm of “holy s**t I cannot believe I just pulled that off”
6. What is your biggest climbing goal for the next year?
I’d really like to slay some 5.13d by years end.
7. What is your biggest non-climbing goal for the next year?
I really like to write, along with that, I more recently have my hands in numerous methods of “art”.
With that being said, I’d really like to launch my own brand by years end; with it embodying all of the things myself and the ones closest to me enjoy most
8. If you were completely immobilized in a hospital bed for a year, what hobby would you do?
9. What’s the hardest you’ve tried recently?
Shagg friggin’ crag. That place lights a fire under my a** and brings out a certain special ferocity.
10. What’s the hardest you’ve laughed recently?
A few months ago my roommates mother had stayed with us for a few days with some of her life long friends. With in the first night, I told a joke that resulted in one of the ladies peeing her pants… I couldn’t handle the reality of that and her perfect laugh, therefore… my mind caved and I ended up having a laughing fit for nearly 45 minutes; I don’t remember much after that.
11. Who inspires you to try hard?
Mainly the fact I am still alive. I’ve lost a lot of people in my life as of late, and in some cases it could have been me in their place, so in honor of my life flourishing in the wake of their departure… I try my hardest.
12. What’s your greatest strength?
13. What’s your biggest weakness?
FEET DUDE! still trying hard to earn my ninja feels
14. Why do you climb?
I climb to feel self aware, being super ADD and ADHD, there are very few things that keep my mind at ease… climbing is at the top of the list.