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Get climbing: Salt Pump Climbing Co. is OPEN in Scarborough

Get climbing: Salt Pump Climbing Co. is OPEN in Scarborough

Experienced climbers, novice climbers and people who often think about getting into climbing because it looks cool and challenging you kind of think you’d be good at it – rejoice!

Salt Pump Climbing Co. in Scarborough is now open.

The view of Salt Pump from Haigis Parkway in Scarborough. Shannon Bryan photo
The view of Salt Pump from Haigis Parkway in Scarborough. Shannon Bryan photo

The indoor climbing gym opened quietly at the end of July (the grand opening is September 19) and local climbers have already found their way to the climbing and bouldering walls inside the impressive 10,000 square foot space.

Plenty of room to climb. Shannon Bryan photo
Plenty of room to climb. Shannon Bryan photo

Co-owner Taki Miyamoto gave me a tour of the space (he’ll give you one, too, when you show up for the first time) and pointed out all the amentities – everything from the array of climbing walls with plenty of route and hold variety, to the bouldering walls (downstairs and another upstairs), fitness area with weights and machines, yoga room (which can also be used for parties), sitting area with free wifi and a cool deck overlooking a small pond (there’s even a grill out there for members to use).

The front lobby and rental equipment. Shannon Bryan photos
The front lobby and rental equipment. Shannon Bryan photos

Experienced climbers will find plenty of challenge here, Taki said. But Salt Pump also welcomes beginners, too. They offer Intro to Climbing classes on weekdays from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m. Classes cost $40 and you’ll learn basic climbing techniques knots, top-roping and more – and rental equipment is included.

An Intro to Climbing class at Salt Pump Climbing Co. Shannon Bryan photo
An Intro to Climbing class at Salt Pump Climbing Co. Shannon Bryan photo

For climbers with more experience, day passes are available for $17 ($12 for kids 12 and under, $170 for an 11-punch pass) or get a monthly membership ($68 monthly EFT or $75 pre-paid). There are other options, too – check the rates online for all the details.

Climber Brook on the downstairs bouldering wall. Shannon Bryan photo
Climber Brook on the downstairs bouldering wall. Shannon Bryan photo

There are two bouldering walls – one downstairs (pictured above) and another upstairs (pictured below). This way, newer climbers can practice in a smaller, quieter space. “Bouldering can be intimidating to get into,” said Taki. The upstairs wall helps reduced the intimidation.

The upstairs bouldering wall on the left, and the Into to Climbing class in the background. Shannon Bryan photo
The upstairs bouldering wall on the left, and the Into to Climbing class in the background. Shannon Bryan photo

Also upstairs, there’s a fitness area with a treadmill, rowing machine and weight bench, plus hand weights, kettlebells, gymnastics rings, fingerboards and other climber-specific equipment.

The upstairs fitness area has equipment to help you strengthen the all-important finger grip, like fingerboards and training balls. Shannon Bryan photos.
The upstairs fitness area has equipment to help you strengthen the all-important finger grip, like fingerboards and training balls. Shannon Bryan photos.

And while my climbing expertise will probably always hover in the beginner range, there’s plenty at Salt Pump to aspire to, like the climbing crack. It’s a crack – wide enough to fit your hand – all the way up the wall. I marveled at it for a while, then watched a climber climb it and marveled even more.

Climbing the crack - I'm impressed. Shannon Bryan
Climbing the crack – I’m impressed. Shannon Bryan

And for a climber’s down time, there are picnic tables and free wifi upstairs and a really cool wooden deck on the back that overlooks a small pond. Kids can toy with fishing poles out here and members can take advantage of the grill.

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Salt Pump also has yoga classes (Strala Yoga on Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. and Yin Yoga and Meditation on Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.) with plans to offer more fitness classes in the coming months.

In a nutshell, if climbing is your jam, then you’re going to dig this place. And if you’ve never climbed a thing, but want to give it a try, well then, you’re going to like this place, too.

I think the Salt Pump website says it well: “Inspired climbing terrain, hold variety, and route setting keeps first-time, long-time, two-foot tall, seven-foot tall, introverted, and extroverted climbers alike motivated and challenged.”

A climber climbs. Shannon Bryan photo
A climber climbs. Shannon Bryan photo

Salt Pump Climbing Co. is located at 26 Haigis Parkway, Scarborough.
FMI: 207-219-8145 www.saltpumpclimbing.com or on Facebook.


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Shannon Bryan

Shannon Bryan

I don't like "exercise" any more than you do. But you know what I do like? Paddleboarding with a friend all afternoon (and then sitting in the grass to drink chardonnay). Bike rides and nachos, hikes, yoga classes held in breweries, group paddles to Fort Gorges, you get the idea. Because Maine is my gym.