Meet the team
Janey Murray (Team Boss)
Janey has been rock-climbing for over 20 years. She is a qualified Sport Climbing Instructor and has introduced a large number of young people to the sport. Outside of climbing, she enjoys scuba-diving, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and dark chocolate.
Hector Murray (Cat Control Officer)
Hector is our Italian Mastiff. His favourite climbing days are the ones that include picnics.
John Murray (Team Old Guy)
John has been climbing and teaching climbing since Noah was a boy. He likes eating pizzas after a day on the rock and does what Janey tells him!
Kitti Murray (Team Cool Kat)
Kitti has been climbing all her life. She is currently completing a two year diploma in Outdoor Adventure Sports at Duchy College in Cornwall, and will soon be a fully qualified climbing & paddle-sports instructor. She can also give you advice on music and looking good.
Tedi Murray (Team Legal Adviser)
Tedster is presently studying Law in the UK, but like her sister has climbed for many years. Tedi joins us as holiday times and is excellent at eating curry.
A bit of history
Janey & I moved to The Isle of Skye in The Scottish Highlands in 1992 where we I quickly became friendly with local climbers and rescue team members. One in particular (Steve White) became my mentor and patiently helped me to make the transition from nervous hill-walker to competent rock-climber. I can’t pretend I was a natural, and it took some perseverance before I could dependably overcome my nerves and venture onto the routes I so badly wanted to tackle.
“Back in the day”, the internet was not readily accessible and learning a new discipline often included a degree of trial and error. I am a stickler for detail, and despite consuming every climbing book available, and taking tuition from those around me, I wanted real assurance that I was performing safely, particularly as I was now introducing others to the local mountains and sea-cliffs.
Plas-Y-Brenin (http://www.pyb.co.uk/) in North Wales is the
home of the UK’s National Mountain Sport Centre and I began to make annual trips south to learn what was seen as best practise. I assessed the instructor qualifications and began to study for these, starting with the Single Pitch Award
As my interest in teaching climbing and mountaineering intensified, I saw the Mountaineering Instructor Award as a necessary challenge
http://www.mountain-training.org/); however, having then moved to North Cyprus, where no instructor pathway existed, I became instrumental in setting up a local equivalent, by hosting a UK instructor/examiner for the scheme via Plas-Y-Brenin. At the same time, we ran a course for those wishing to teach sport-climbing and together with local climber Nazo Canitez, I was qualified as an instructor-trainer and examiner for that scheme.
In order to further develop the sport locally, I have hosted seminars with two of the world’s best climbing performance coaches, Dave Macleod
James McHaffie (http://www.jamesmchaffie.com/). "Caff" is due to visit us again in October.
I have provided instruction and advice to countless groups and individuals, always with an emphasis on safety and would be happy to chat with you to discuss your proposed adventure in Cyprus or the UK.