Hello I'm
Simon Verspeak 115722


Joined on 21 July 2003

Phone 07980 747 804

Location Caernarfon Gwynedd GB

Email simon.verspeak@gmail.com

Website www.oranjebergsport.com

MLS - Assessment 30/11/2019 Details
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Alpine Flowers in the Alps 30/06/2019
Rock Skills provider and course tutor induction - MTC and MTE - ALL Rock Skills providers and tutors 21/11/2018
Rock Skills provider and course tutor induction - MTC and MTE - Rock Skills 3 tutors (Learning to Lead Sports Climbs and Learning to Lead Trad Climbs) only 21/11/2018
Indoor Climbing Assistant provider and course director induction and Director & Staff Update Workshop for Climbing Leadership Awards - MTC & MTE 15/11/2018
BCA - BCA Local Cave and Mine Leader Scheme 27/01/2018

I got my first taste of the UK mountains as an Air Cadet in the Lakes aged 15. The staff were all Mountain Leaders and after that week thats what I wanted to be. At 18 I moved to South Wales to start an apprenticeship in an Outdoor Centre and from there I never looked back!
After a move to North Wales to study for a BSc in Geography, I passed my ML in 2005 but by then I'd also had a good taste of Scottish winter and the Alps and suddenly it was about climbing and mountaineering too. Along the way since then I have been lucky enough to work all over the UK and worldwide. In 2015 for example I climbed classic ice routes on the Ben, rock routes on North faces in the Alps, skied 4000m peaks, summited Kilimanjaro whilst working and did some guiding in Nepal.
Nowadays as a qualified MIC and IML I work with lots of young people and teach mountain skills to adults; navigation, climbing and mountaineering. I am still learning myself everyday and I look forward to the challenge the change in the seasons bring.
I love working with people and seeing them develop. Its a journey for us all but that's how I like it.

I am a very keen climber, skier and alpinist who works full time with my Mountain Training qualifications. I am very lucky to have bases in Sheffield in the Peak District and Llanberis, North Wales (as well as spending a chunk of the winter season on the west coast of Scotland). I have lived and worked in Snowdonia for many years since studying at Bangor University. Most of my early work has been working with young people delivering multi-activity outdoor education and this is still a proportion of my work.

I run OranjeBergsport offering all aspects of mountain instruction as well as working for several large organisations such as the Military and Jagged Globe. I also work for several small providers on navigation, climbing and scrambling courses and for Outdoor Centres on HML, ML, RCI, CWI awards.

I have worked in all the major mountain and climbing areas across the UK and have led several youth and adult overseas expeditions.

I am an active member of Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team and was the Training Officer from 2016 to 2018. In my own time I have been pushing my own highs year on year at high altitude. I spend several weeks each year exploring in the Alps mainly on skis.