Learn to rock climb with us! Each Skills Seminar presents a critical piece of climbing knowledge in a digestible, single-serving form. Seminars are broken down into technique classes focused on improving physical skills, and technical classes focused on introducing core outdoor skills like rappelling and anchor transitions.
Skills Seminars are scheduled on a quarterly basis according to the season and member & visitor feedback. Pre-registration is required, and each Skills Seminar needs a minimum of two participants to run. Participants must be 14 years or older. If a participant decides to sign up for a Skills Series course at the end of their Skills Seminar, Salt Pump will deduct the price of the seminar from the price of the series.
All Salt Pump programs are also listed in our events calendar.
Schedule: All Skills Seminars will be held on Fridays, 6:30-8:30pm.
Price: Non-members: $40/class. Members receive one free seminar a month and can sign up for unlimited classes for $50/month.
The Fine Print: Minimum of 2 participants needed. For members, a $20 refundable reservation fee will be charged to encourage attendance and maximize program availability for the entire community. Members will be charged $20 when they make a Skills Seminar reservation – however, it will be entirely refunded when they either attend the seminar or if they cancel more than 48 hours in advance.
Winter 2020 Skills Seminars
This Skills Seminar is for the climber who has never rappelled or the “it’s been a while” climber. This session will cover the nuts and bolts of rappelling, including the benefits of an extended rappel with an autoblock. Students will rappel from our tower at least once during the class.
Schedule: Jan. 10, Feb. 21, Apr. 3
Sport Anchor Change-Overs
So you made it to the top of that sport climb, leading or top roping. Now what? We’ll show you several ways to safely and efficiently ‘clean’ your anchor and get back down to the ground when you’re done with a climb.
Schedule: Jan. 17, Feb. 28, Apr. 10
Equalizing Multi-Point Fixed Anchors
There are many safety and efficiency considerations when it comes to building climbing anchors. We’ll introduce anchor basics and focus specifically on equalizing multi-point fixed anchors. You’ll get lots of practice with setting up and assessment.
Schedule: Jan. 24, March 6, Apr. 17
There are many safety and efficiency considerations when it comes to building climbing anchors. We’ll introduce anchor basics and focus specifically on monolithic (one point) anchors. You’ll get lots of practice with setting up and assessment.
Schedule: Jan. 31, March 13, Apr. 24
Placing Trad Gear
‘Trad’ gear is removable climbing protection. We’ll show you passive and active trad gear, including spring loaded camming devices, tri-cams and nuts/stoppers. You’ll get practice with properly placing, removing and assessing ‘trad’ gear.
Schedule: Feb. 7, May 1
Escaping the Belay
Escaping the belay is an essential part of many self-rescue scenarios. Learn how to efficiently "tie-off" a belay device and then transfer the load to another technical system.
Schedule: March 20
Learn to climb cracks! Climbing cracks, especially hand jamming and finger locking, is very specific and for many is not at first intuitive. Once mastered, it opens up endless new terrain possibilities and is a lot of fun, too. We’ll get you started on this essential climbing technique.
Schedule: Jan. 3, Feb. 14, March 27, May 8