Team Salt Pump

Team Salt Pump is a youth climbing team for self-motivated kids aged 7 – 19 who want to take their climbing to the next level.

Throughout the school year, Team Salt Pump meets for regular practice sessions to strengthen their technical skills, fitness and overall climbing ability. Our USAC certified coaches encourage an inclusive and fun atmosphere while instilling respect for proper nutrition, injury prevention, resting, mental preparation, route reading and outdoor skills.

All team members are eligible and encouraged to compete in the USA Climbing bouldering and sport climbing competition series. Attending comps will qualify team members for regional competitions where, if successful, they can advance to divisional and even national competitions! Team Salt Pump will be broken up into two separate practice sessions, the First Team and the Development Team, but everyone competes together as one group – Team Salt Pump!

When you or your child joins Team Salt Pump, they also receive a general membership to Salt Pump, including full access to our facility, complimentary guest passes, yoga classes, and more – an incredible value!

FIRST TEAM

Salt Pump’s First Team is suited for experienced youth climbers who are self-motivated and committed to a regular practice and competition schedule. The USAC requires a minimum of participation in two competitions to qualify for Regionals.

PRACTICE SCHEDULE: Mondays and Wednesdays 4:30-7:00pm, Fridays 4:00-6:00pm

PRICE: $200 per month.

DEVELOPMENT TEAM

Salt Pump’s Development Team is ideal for young climbers who enjoy the sport and want to give competitive climbing a try. We encourage but do not require team members to attend competitions.

PRACTICE SCHEDULE: Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:45-5:45pm, Fridays 4:00-6:00pm.

PRICE: $200 per month.

Contact us to learn more about Team Salt Pump including the schedule for tryouts.

Meet the Coaches
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Head Coach: Matty Zane spent most of his teenage years climbing in the mid coast region of Maine, where he studied Parks, Recreation and Ecotourism at Unity College in Unity, Maine. After graduating, Matty pursued his passion for climbing farther afield, traveling to different destinations around the world to challenge himself and broaden his skills. In 2011 he took a job as the Head Coach of Rock Spot Climbing, based in Boston and Rhode Island, where he successfully helped multiple kids reach the bouldering and rope national competitions each year. As an avid outdoor climber, Matty also strives to teach kids the importance of outdoor skills, and take them to outdoor climbing destinations around the country where they can develop there own passion for the sport. In addition to coaching, Matty has also continued to develop as a very talented climber in his own right, having sent multiple 5.14s and double-digit boulders of all different styles and rock types. Matty recently moved back to his home state to live in the Portland area while he pursues a career in nursing and coaches both the youth and adult teams at Salt Pump. Read an interview with Matty.

Assistant Coach: Henry Fitts is a Pine Point native who has been a fixture in the Maine bouldering scene for over a decade.  He can often be found in Salt Pump’s Training Pagoda campusing and working on his core.  One of Henry’s most notable features is his patient and positive nature, which makes him an ideal coach for the Youth Team.  When he is not climbing, he can be found pulling tricks on his unicycle at the region’s skateparks, surfing the shoal breaks of southern Maine, and putting his professional culinary talents to the test.  In the last couple of years Henry has been investing his creative energy into routesetting at Salt Pump, including for Youth Competitions.  His setting is known to have lots of large holds with wild, inertia-based movements in between them, but he has been diligently pushing his setting prowess into all styles of climbing.  We know that his energy and passion for climbing will be a driving force in the development of the Salt Pump Team. Read an interview with Henry