Skills Series

Skill Series are designed to provide a well-rounded introduction to different outdoor climbing disciplines. They're organized around the basic styles of outdoor climbing most of us pursue like sport top-roping and multi-pitch trad climbing, as well advanced topics like big wall climbing and climbing photography.

Each series includes between 6 - 10 hours of instruction, allowing plenty of time for one-on-one coaching and personalized instruction.

All Skills Series include a day pass and rental gear for the day of the program ($29 value). Registration prior to class day required. A minimum of 2 registrants is required for a program to run and each Skills Series is limited to 6 participants total.

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Spring 2020 Skill Series Offerings

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Climbing Photography

Join National Geographic journalist and Salt Pumper Freddie Wilkinson for a dive into the world of technical climbing photography. This six hour course, spread out across two evenings, will cover both basic principles of photography and the technical systems employed to shoot photos while hanging from a rope.  Basic indoor lead skills are suggested but not required.

Schedule: May 13 & 16 / 6 - 9 p.m.

$125 non-member / $100 members per session

Big Wall Tactics

Learn the fundamental skills required to climb big walls like Yosemite's El Capitan. This two session, 6 hour indoor class will cover basic aid movement, ascending a fix rope, and hauling. 

Course Prerequisites: Top rope belay proficient

Schedule: April 14 & 16 / 6 - 9 p.m.

$120  non-member / $108 members

Multi Pitch Trad Climber

This course consists of a three hour indoor class followed by a full day of outdoor instruction at a local crag. We will cover how to climb routes that require multiple rope lengths, changing over from climbing to belaying, and anchor station organization. Belaying off an anchor can be disorienting for some, but our guides will instruct you how to do this safely and efficiently.

Course Prerequisites: Lead climbing & belay proficient

Schedule: May 8 & 9

$200 non-members / $180 for members per session

Available by request

Outdoor Sport Climber

If you love rope climbing, enjoy pushing your limits, and are ready to progress further from the great indoors to the fantastic outdoors, sport climbing is your ticket. However, there is a big difference between safely clipping up your gym project and going cragging at a classic New England destination. Let us help you get through the nitty gritty from arrival logistics, anchor changeovers, cleaning routes, and the etiquettes and ethics of outdoor climbing.

Course Prerequisites: Top rope belay proficient

$200 non-member / $180 members per session

Single Pitch Trad Climber

‘Trad’ or traditional climbing is the heritage calling of rock climbing. It’s adventurous, technical, and it connects us to the origin of the sport. Trad requires specialized gear, complex systems, and a wealth of knowledge. Let us provide you with a multi­focus experience that covers racking up, gear placements, anchors, and more! The participants of this course will also enjoy a day of outdoor climbing where they will be able to practice their new skills out on the rock!

Course Prerequisites: Top rope belay proficient

$200 non-members / $180 for members per session

Advanced Sport Climber

Your sport climbing project keeping you up at night? Let our trained guides help you break through your plateau. We'll cover how to lead more efficiently, saving more of your energy for the crux, instead of the clips. We'll also cover the belaying side: giving slack seemlessly and catching softly.

Course Prerequisites: Lead climbing & belay proficient

$200 non-member / $180 members per session

Self Rescue 101

How do you ‘escape’ from the belay? What do you do if your rappel is longer than your rope? What do you do if you drop your rappel device? Learn skills that will broaden your toolbox of solutions so that you will be better prepared for unplanned adventure that you may find out there.

Course Prerequisites: Top rope belay proficient

$200 non-members / $180 for members per session

Self Rescue 201

This 2-part series will round out your self-rescue and ropework skills, allowing you to perform complex tasks whether climbing, belaying, or looking on. Graduating from belay escapes, we'll learn how to perform climber pick offs: counter-ascending the rope and descending together. 

Course Prerequisites: Top rope belay proficient and completion of Self-Rescue 101

$200 non-members / $180 for members per session

Family Top-Roping

After popular demand, our Salt Pump guides will teach parents how to set up top-rope anchors to belay their kids on. Put your skills to practice with an outdoor day Saturday (or Sunday, weather depending) and climb on your own anchors! Day 1 is parents-only and for day 2, bring the whole family!

Course Prerequisites: Top rope belay proficient

$200 non-member / $180 members per session for 1 parent and 1 child. $50 for each additional child. 

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To keep using the skills you've learned, we have outdoor guiding available!