Private Coaches

Climbing coaches

Theo Borchert-Isaacs - Theo has always loved puzzles. In 2014, he was introduced to the full-body puzzle-solving activity that is climbing. He joined a climbing team in high school that competed across the Midwest. After heading to Dickinson College, he became a leader in the Outing Club, taking people on camping, canoeing, and climbing trips. He was a founding member of the Dickinson College Climbing Team and he coached fellow college students as a part of that team. He earned the Lead Climbing Wall Instructor Certification from the AMGA, and has experience climbing across the US, Canada, and Europe. He is currently Head of Youth Programming and a routesetter at Shaker Rocks.

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MaryClaire "Murnie" Murnan - Athletics have always been a part of Murnie’s life. Murnie played competitive soccer for 10 years, and when she attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha she won the National Soccer Championship. In  2005, Murnie discovered rock climbing and immediately fell in love.  She competed in local competitions and won!  The competitions included 24 hours of horseshoe hell, which is a 24 hour outdoor sport climbing competition.   The joy of rock climbing led her to work at the outdoor venture center where she focused on teaching and coaching rock climbing and creating routes for her clients.   After completing her degree in exercise science, Murnie enhanced her expertise as a rock climber with certifications as personal trainer, performance enhancement specialist, and corrective exercise specialist.  As Head Coach of the Shaker Rocks' Youth Competetive Team, Murnie values serving and connecting with people to help them reach their full potential to soar
**Murnie is also a personal trainer!
Ian Young - Ian has been climbing for over 6 years and setting routes for 4 years. He is an accomplished sport and trad climber, boulderer, and occasionally an ice climber and mountaineer. Ian has climbed throughout the country on a wide variety of rock and terrain. He loves sport climbing in the New River Gorge, and the Red River Gorge on weekends with friends, but has an affinity for the tall, adventurous, multi-pitch trad climbing of Eldorado Canyon and Seneca Rocks. He has a strong knowledge of strength training and fitness, spending many years doing martial arts, wrestling, and weightlifting. Through routesetting, Ian has become a “student of movement”, learning as much as possible about how the body works, and how we move through three-dimensional space. He has developed a strong understanding of technique and efficiency, but also when and how to be powerful and dynamic. Ian has had the pleasure of introducing numerous people to the sport, and teaching movement and technique on a daily basis through his routes. Ian is a Cleveland native and when he’s not climbing enjoys hiking the Appalachian Trail, backcountry canoeing in northern Ontario, and spending time with his fiancé and two dogs.
Shaker Rocks Climbing - Climb the Heights - Ian
Julia Carey - Julia has been climbing since 2012, and coaching since 2019. She spends as many weekends as possible sport climbing and camping in Kentucky and West Virginia. As a lead climbing instructor, trained by the American Mountain Guides Association, Julia has a wealth of information to share about best practices in lead climbing and belaying (indoors and out), and is especially interested in helping new climbers develop the skills and confidence: efficient movement technique, endurance, and power. When she’s not climbing she is working at Cuyahoga Arts and Culture as grant program manager.
Chris Davey - Chris' primary joy in life is introducing people to new outdoor activities and helping them gain confidence. Chris has been rock climbing since 2011 when he had the opportunity to go on month-long climbing and white water kayaking trick National Outdoor Leadership School. Since then, he has worked in climbing gyms and as an outdoor trip leader for Ohio State and CSU. In Chris's free time he tricks friends and acquaintances into joining him on trips to rock climb, cave, hike, mountain bike, etc.

Personal Trainers

Tessa Irvin - Tessa is an ACE Personal Trainer, Kripalu Yoga Instructor, & Buti Yoga Instructor. She has worked in the fitness industry for 5 years, working at large gyms, small studios, and since covid, via Zoom. Tessa believes exercise plays a crucial role in mental health, and through her work experiences has witnessed the power of community it can create. By focusing on the benefits of exercise rather than solely the aesthetics, Tessa is able to create challenging, effective exercises that leave her clients feeling fulfilled, balanced, and positive. Utilizing functional fitness training methods, Tessa will help you realize your fitness goals and will ensure biomechanical function, preventing injury and eliminating old aches and chronic pain.

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MaryClaire "Murnie" Murnan - see bio above!