OranjeBergsport was inspired and is run by Simon Verspeak. The name is homage to my Dutch ancestry and simply means Orange Mountaineering!
We are passionate about being in the outdoors. We love days out on the mountains in the snow and sunshine, searching out hidden gems, scrambling on warm rock or climbing above the clouds.
We mainly run courses in three climbing epicentres; Llanberis in Snowdonia, Sheffield in the Peak and Glencoe in Scotland.
We have followed the well travelled apprentice route of; indoor climbing to rock climbing across Britain, moving onto winter climbing in Scotland and Wales and then migrating to Europe to experience the Alps. Having also learnt to ski along the way, we are complete alpinists. In addition our experience isn’t confined to close at home but includes ascents in the Greater Ranges such as the Himalaya and leading expeditions across the World.
Most courses are directed by Simon Verspeak; occasionally Becky Coles may be your instructor. Most Mountain Training accredited courses are run in conjunction with Mark Garland. You can read more about us all below.
All of us are qualified, experienced and insured and hold current Mountain First Aid qualifications. Read some testimonials here.
Simon is an enthusiastic adventurer and spends all his free time questing and exploring whether it is climbing up rock in the sun, on cold North Faces or skiing down powder fields. He also has a dark side and may be found in a boat on white water or on a mountain bike.
He holds qualifications including the Mountaineering Instructor Certificate (which is the UK's highest qualification for instructing climbing and mountaineering both summer and winter) as well as skiing, kayaking, mountain biking and caving leaderships awards.
His work and travel have taken him to many corners of the world; extensively in Europe but also to Africa, South America, the Middle East, the Himalayas and to over 7000m in Central Asia.
His initial passion for the outdoors was through studying geography and he has a BSc in Geography from the University of Wales. He is an active member of Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team, which covers the Snowdon group and a full member of AMI (Association of Mountaineering Instructors), BAIML (British Association of International Mountain Leaders) and MTA (Mountain Training Association). He is also part of the test team for Rab Equipment.
Becky is a very experienced traveller, expedition leader and high altitude mountaineer, She has travelled to over 70 countries, on all seven continents, climbed several peaks over 6000 metres and Peak Lenin 7134m in Kyrgyzstan.
She has completed a PhD in Glacial geomorphology and is now working fulltime as an instructor and expedition leader. Becky is a qualified Mountaineering Instructor (MIC), summer, winter and international Mountain Leader. She writes for several magazines and is a brand ambassador for Lowe Alpine.
She is experienced in all aspects of climbing and is an enthusiastic skier. She will be working on our navigation and climbing courses. She is a full member of AMI (Association of Mountaineering Instructors), BAIML (British Association of International Mountain Leaders) and MTA (Mountain Training Association).
Mark is a south west based instructor who has a wealth of climbing instruction and technical advisory experience. He is a super psyched climber and mountaineer.
Mark is a qualified teacher, MIA, IML and WML and is a provider for all of Mountain Trainings Walking and Climbing awards. He is a full member of AMI (Association of Mountaineering Instructors), BAIML (British Association of International Mountain Leaders) and MTA (Mountain Training Association).
Simon and Mark are collaborating on courses across the UK. His Mountain Training provider credentials are here.