36 Haigis Parkway | Scarborough, Maine

Core Curriculum

Learn to rock climb at Salt Pump. These foundational classes are offered on a regular basis and are designed to provide a solid introduction to each of the core climbing activities offered at Salt Pump. Intro to Climbing covers the basics of bouldering, belayed top-rope climbing, and auto-belays, while Lead Climbing teaches the fundamentals of ground-up climbing required to ascend Salt Pump’s steepest walls. Both courses also emphasize simple techniques to make climbing safer, and more fun. Custom times and private instruction for all our courses are available upon request.

Do you represent a group that may be interested in climbing or meeting at Salt Pump? Contact us for group booking information.

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Intro to Climbing Class

This is where you learn to rock climb. In this two hour course, you’ll learn all the fundamentals to be a competent top rope climber and belayer, including basic climbing knots, proper belay technique, and communication. This class also includes a short introduction to climbing movement and bouldering, route reading, and instruction in how to use our auto belays.

SCHEDULE: Weeknights from 6:00-8:00 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00-3:00 pm. Prior Reservation Strongly Encouraged.

PRICE: $40 includes two hours of instruction, rental gear and a free two week membership trial (an additional $34 value)! 10% Discount for members.

PREREQUISITE: Registrants must be 14 years of age, no climbing experience required.


This 90 minute class is designed to teach the basics of climbing movement and technique and offered at two different skill levels.  The Level 1 class is for those who are still discovering the basics of footwork and hand positions and is highly recommended before taking Level 2.

The Level 2 class incorporates more advanced body positions and can help address any bad habits that may have started.  Proper warming up, footwork, route reading, balance, and hand positions are just some of the topics we focus on.

SCHEDULE: Every other Wednesday 6-7:30pm. Level 1 and Level 2 classes alternate each session.

PRICE: $40 includes instruction, admission on class day, and rental gear on class day.

PREREQUISITE: Must be 12 years or older.

Lead Climbing Class

Are you feeling ready for the sharp end? Our 3-part lead climbing course is an in-depth and comprehensive course detailing everything a climber needs to learn to safely lead climb and belay at Salt Pump, including gear overview, anchors overview, lead belaying, clipping techniques, rope mechanics and management, and how to fall. We’ll get in lots of climbing, too! Registration prior to class day required.

SCHEDULE: 3 part series takes place the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Monday and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Thursday of every month from 6-8 pm.

PRICE: $120 includes six hours of instruction over three classes, day passes, and rental gear for each class day ($29 value).

10% discount for members.

PREREQUISITE: top rope belaying, comfortable climbing 5.9 or harder, 16 years of age or older.

Private Instruction

For those who are on a tight schedule, or prefer the added value of one-on-one learning, our gym guides are available to teach any course or skills seminar (see below) by private booking. Please contact us or call (207) 219-8145 for rates and more information.

GriGri Lead Belay Technique Class

This two hour class is for lead climbers interested in learning the techniques and subtleties of lead belaying with a Grigri. You’ll learn the differences, and pros and cons of ATC vs. Grigri belaying, how to safely and efficiently feed out slack for the clip, not short-rope your climber, and even give your softest catch yet.

SCHEDULE: The fourth Monday and Thursday of every month, 6-8pm

PRICE: $40 includes day pass and rental gear for class day. $20 for current month’s lead class students. Complimentary with every Grigri purchase at Salt Pump’s pro shop!

PREREQUISITE: Must be lead certified at Salt Pump.

I just completed the Intro to Climbing class at Salt Pump. As a first-time climber, i feared this would be an intimidating and awkward experience. But the staff and community at the gym was so welcoming and non-judgemental. It helped me put my fears at ease. Our class instructor, Zack, was phenomenal.

–Justin, Facebook reviewer