Desirée Verbeek (RCI) is a climbing guide and coach from the Netherlands. Growing up in what might be the flattest country in the world – there is certainly no rock to climb! – Desirée discovered climbing through indoor climbing gyms. When she first stepped into an indoor gym after the summer of 2010 she immediately thought of it as the ultimate playground for adults.
(Photo by Bettina Baksa)
It was only after her first outdoor climbing trip in the next summer though (to Austria’s Ötztal) that she got the point of climbing indoors: ‘to be able to climb more routes outdoors!’. She got hooked and started climbing more regularly indoors and tried to fit in as many outdoor climbing trips as possible to the nearest crags in Belgium, Germany and the UK.
On a climbing holiday in Thailand in 2012 she met climbing guide Trevor Massiah. This turned out to be a turning point in her lifestyle and career. She fully committed to climbing and in 2014 she became a Director of Rock & Sun and has been combining her management tasks with guiding and coaching ever since.
Desirée and Trevor have a travelling lifestyle, running Rock & Sun Sport Climbing Holidays and Performance Coaching Courses in the Costa Blanca, Thailand, Kalymnos, as well as Sardinia. And occasionally you’ll find them trad climbing on Pembrokeshire’s sea cliffs, or bouldering in Fontainebleau or Albarracin.
Desiree is a Rock Climbing Instructor (RCI), formerly known as Single Pitch Award (SPA).
Membership number: 171294.
Climb with Desiree Verbeek
I had a fantastic time on the Women Only trip to Spain!
As expected, climbers and instructors were friendly, fun and inspiring. Both Dees and Esther were ever patient with my questions and their different approaches worked well together. They also supplied me with some more aggressive shoes which made a huge difference to my climbing.
Overall a fab experience. I arrived having done one or two F4/5 lead climbs indoors and not for a year or so. I left having led F6a+ and confident at lead belaying and cleaning.
1st March 2019
Truly the holiday of a lifetime!
The locations and adventures that were handpicked by Dees and Trev are just perfect! Also they are the safest and most conscientious climbing guides I have ever climbed with. They constantly ensure safety is paramount and this only adds to the enjoyment and efficiency of all climbing. I can’t recommend this holiday enough!
The climbing took my breath away daily, and was so different to European climbing (which I love too!) but offered so much more variety and really pushed me to my best ability by far! Dees and Trev are such knowledgeable instructors, and also as a bonus are fantastic company! Can’t wait to experience this trip again, December can’t come quickly enough!
7th January 2019
The trip to Morocco was magic!
12th November 2018
Trevor and Desiree are both excellent teachers…
30th September 2018
Trevor and Desiree were excellent instructors…
30th July 2018
An amazing journey through Thailand with Rock and Sun…
17th January 2017
One of my all time favourite holidays from start to finish…
3rd January 2018
Great introduction to outdoor climbing with the perfect setting and coaches…
12th February 2018