Core Curriculum

Please note: Due to the Covid pandemic, we are currently offering adult climbing classes by private booking only. Each class can accommodate up to three people, so ask your friends to join the fun, and contact us for scheduling and availability.

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. Please register online, in person, or call at least one hour before class time to participate.

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

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

Available by private booking.

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 Wednesday or Thursday of every month from 6:30-8:30 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.

Available by private booking.

Intro to Movement Class

This 90 minute class is designed to teach the basics of climbing movement and technique and offered at two different skill levels. 

Level 1: Meant for those who are still discovering the basics of footwork and hand positions and is highly recommended before taking Level 2.

Level 2: Covers 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 6:30-8:00pm. Level 1 and Level 2 classes alternate each session.

PRICE: $40 for either level includes instruction, admission on class day, and rental gear on class day. 10% Discount for members.

PREREQUISITE: Must be 12 years or older.

Available by private booking.

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, the 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 Thursday of every month, 6:30-8:30pm

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.

Available by private booking.


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 by private booking. Please contact us or call (207) 219-8145 for rates and more information.

"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-judgmental. It helped me put my fears at ease. Our class instructor, Zack, was phenomenal."