First time visiting Salt Pump?
Climbing is an activity that comes naturally to kids; the challenge for many adults is to rediscover their inner child. With the ongoing health risks from the Covid-19, we've implemented new safety guidelines an procedures to make your first time climbing safe and fun.
How It Works
Per CDC guidelines all individuals are still required to wear masks, inclusive of all children over 2 years old. Our staff will continue to wear a face mask while in the facility. We sell Oterra face masks if you are looking for a high quality face mask.
Fill out a waiver before you arrive at Salt Pump. EVERYONE who wants to come into the facility needs to have a completed waiver, even if only spectating.
Familiarize yourself with our of Covid-19 guidelines and policies, as well as our Facility Rules. Inability to follow our guidelines will likely result in being asked to leave.
When you get here
Most first-timers will choose the day-pass option. We have all the necessary gear available to rent. Our professional staff show you how to put the gear on properly, give you a tour of the facility, and an orientation to our 7 auto-belays: devices that allow you to access our top-rope terrain. We'll also walk you through the bouldering area, a zone of ropeless climbing.
If you know how to belay, we'll give you a short test to demonstrate your competency. Then, feel free to climb any of our 40+ top-rope stations!
- If it is busy at the gym, you may need to wait a little while for a belay test if you need one
- Please respect physical distancing of at least six feet and try to sanitize many times throughout your time in Salt Pump.
- Before entering the facility, please answer the below screening questions honestly.
- Thank you for your understanding!
Please do not enter the gym if you can answer “YES” to any of these questions.
- Have you had a cough or sore throat?
- Have you had a fever or do you feel feverish?
- Do you have shortness of breath?
- Do you have loss of taste or smell?
- Have you been around anyone exhibiting these symptoms within the past 14 days?
- Are you living with anyone who is sick or quarantined?
International travelers coming to Maine have separate requirements, please check the state of Maine website for additional information. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is gym capacity limited?
As of 5/24/21, the State of Maine no longer requires occupancy restrictions for indoor businesses.
I've never been to Salt Pump, can I come now?
Yes! We are excited to start welcoming new guests into Salt Pump. We ask that you fill out our liability waiver ahead of time. We are offering rental gear at this time. We would be happy to assist you in purchasing gear. Climbing shoes are required on all climbing walls. No climbing in sneakers.
I am traveling from out of state and have been to Salt Pump before. Can I climb?
As of May 1st, the State of Maine no longer requires travelers coming from within the United States to quarantine or show proof of a negative COVID-19 test. International travelers coming to Maine have separate requirements, please check the state of Maine website for additional information. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to email@example.com.
Can I rent climbing gear?
Yes. Harnesses, shoes and chalk bags are available for rent at this time. We also have a full selection of shoes and harnesses for sale. Lead climbers may still borrow a lead rope.
I've been to Salt Pump before and I have my own gear, but I need a belay test. Is it still okay to come?
Yes. We offer Top-Rope and Lead belay tests. You may need to wait to receive a belay test if the gym is busy.
Are the weekly Yoga and Fitness Classes still available?
We have paused all of the weekly yoga and fitness classes at this time.
What Classes are available?
At this time, Intro to Climbing is offered on Thursdays at 6:30pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm. Intro to Lead (3 part class) is offered on Wednesdays at 6:30pm. Class sizes are limited to 4.
Intro to Movement, Skill Seminars and Personal Training are currently available by request. Please call with questions!
I am not a member, can I sign up?
Yes! You can sign up online HERE. Please remember that we are not offering instruction or rentals at this time. This includes belay instruction and belay tests. If you are a new climber, this may limit your options.
What about people in an at-risk population?
At the moment, we aren’t offering any specific climbing times for climbers that perceive themselves to be at a higher risk of illness from Covid-19. If this option appeals to you, please drop us a line and let us know.
What is Salt Pump doing to keep the gym clean?
Our staff is constantly on the prowl with a rag and disinfectant spray to wipe down high touch surfaces such as door knobs, handrails, countertops, auto-belay clipping points, cubbies, and bathrooms. The entire facility (except for ropes and climbing holds) is cleaned every evening. We have also added a dozen hand sanitizer stations throughout the gym to make sure you are always only a few steps away from clean hands!
When will things return to “normal”?
We wish we could say. This question is simply impossible to answer right now and only time will tell. If the spread of the virus and reported cases continue to decrease and the state is able to continue to ease the restrictions on gatherings and business, then hopefully this is the first step on our path back to normal operations.
"Friendly staff, amazing intro class! I walked away from my class feeling not only confident in my own safety while climbing but comfortable and confident about ensuring others are safe as well. Highly recommend it to anyone, and this is coming from a guy with a nasty fear of heights!belaying. This camp is packed full of fun, learning and adventure! A definite must on the camp list."