Instructor Profiles

Meet the experts

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Graham Derbyshire

Activities Manager Graham joined Glaramara in February 2010 having worked here as a regular freelance instructor over the previous eight years.
Graham has worked in the outdoor activity industry since 1982 as an instructor and Independent Activity Provider. He holds professional level instructional qualifications in both mountaineering and caving (MIA and CIC) and is a member of their relevant professional associations. He is also a member of the Institute for Outdoor Learning.
His particular interests are hillwalking, rock climbing, mining and caving. His adventures regularly take him from the deepest and longest caves in the Yorkshire Dales to the highest and rockiest mountains of the Lake District and beyond. He has recently joined and is very committed to the local mine rescue team (COMRU).


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Tom Ambrose

Tom grew up in Somerset but has been based in Keswick for nearly 15 years. Tom gained experience working as a Seasonal Instructor for several years before joining Glaramara in 2005.
Tom has climbed, trekked and skied throughout Europe, New Zealand and the Alps. He spends much of his spare time road and mountain biking throughout the lakes and border region.
Tom holds the Single Pitch Award, Summer Mountain Leader, Mountain Bike, Cave and Mine Leader and is passionate about all of these adventurous activities.
Tom has a wealth of knowledge to draw on and clients always comment on what a cracking day out they’ve had with Tom.


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Simon May

Simon has been with Glaramara since 2004. In this time he has been integral in helping build Glaramara’s strong reputation for delivering quality outdoor adventure experiences for all ages and abilities.
Simon holds the Single-pitch Climbing Award, the Mountain Leader Award and has completed the Mountain Instructor Award Training. Alongside climbing, Simon is often found hitting the fells hard on his mountain bike, trying desperately to stay rubber side down.
As a qualified Mountain Bike Leader, Simon has run many successful skills courses and has guided clients around Cumbria for Glaramara. Customers have commented that his experience and passion for the sport is invaluable.
Simon has travelled and worked throughout Europe and his knowledge and enthusiasm for the outdoors is what clients value most.


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Rachel Jones

Rachel is now in her 3rd year at Glaramara.
Rachel grew up in North Wales. In 2008 she completed a National Diploma in Adventure Sports at Reaseheath College and that’s where her passion for the outdoors began.
Rachel has been working in the outdoor industry for 8 years and has been living and working in the Lake District for the last 6.
In her own time Rachel can be found climbing both indoors and outdoors, Munro bagging in Scotland, road biking, playing for Keswick Ladies Football Team, skiing and wood carving.
When Rachel isn’t working at Glaramara she can be found mountaineering in the Alps and has summited a mountain called ‘Dom’ which stands at 4,545m. She has trekked the GR20 which is the hardest trekking route in Europe on the island of Corsica and has been on various ski trips from Scotland to the Alps.
In the winter of 2015 Rachel was trekking in Nepal and successfully completed the Annapurna circuit reaching a height of 5,416m.
Rachel holds the Single Pitch Award (SPA), Mountain Leader (Summer) and is on target for attaining her Winter Mountain Leader Training in the next few months with a target to complete the assessment in winter 2016/2017.


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Duane Moran

Duane is now in his 5th year at Glaramara.
Duane grew up next to the Pennines, home to the UKs best Gritstone. It was here Duane began his rock climbing adventure as a young boy. Duane has climbed all over the UK, Europe and California, Yosemite being his favourite place in the world! When not rock climbing Duane will turn to mountaineering and while in California Duane summited Mt Whitney at 4421m. His latest personal achievement was completing the entire Wainwright circuit (214 mountains) here in the Lake District in under a year!
Duane is a keen snowboarder and has ventured out in Lassen National Park in California on his split board, climbing and snowboarding down several 12,000ft peaks.
Duane has worked in the outdoor industry since finishing his A levels in 2001. His career began with work experience at Keswick climbing wall followed by Camp America at 19yrs old. Since then Duane has lived and worked all over the UK and California. He holds a Single Pitch Award (SPA) and Mountain Leader (Summer) & Technical Canyon Leader certification. This year Duane hopes to achieve a Coasteering Guide qualification and in his free time hopes to run and swim the “Frog Graham” a swimming and running challenge here in Cumbria.