Maine Gym Expands Into New Hampshire, Repurposes Former Donut Shop

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Climbing at Salt Pump Portsmouth
Last month, Maine-based Salt Pump completed its first expansion project—The Donut Factory, a full-service climbing gym located in a former donut shop in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. (All photos courtesy of Salt Pump)

Salt Pump Climbing Co. opened its new Portsmouth, New Hampshire location on February 23rd, located 47 miles south of Salt Pump’s original Scarborough, Maine location that opened in 2015. Also known as “The Donut Factory,” due to being built in a former donut shop, the Portsmouth facility is a 14,700-foot climbing gym with a bouldering focus and 20-foot top-roping walls.

In addition to training, fitness and yoga amenities, Salt Pump Portsmouth features a child and family-friendly climbing area. Also offered at the gym are classes focused on movement and technique as well as dance options and various youth programs, such as after-school programs, climbing teams and camps.

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According to a recent press release sent to CBJ, Salt Pump managing partner Taki Miyamoto says, “The community has been enthusiastically following the construction progress…Also, while bouldering can be done alone, the gym’s layout encourages climbers to interact and support each other.” The press release also noted that memberships and punch cards can be used across the two Salt Pump facilities.

More photos of the new Portsmouth gym prior to its grand opening can be found here.

Salt Pump Portsmouth's grand opening post

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