Instructor Profiles

Meet the experts

Graham Derbyshire

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).


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.


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.

Alongside climbing, Simon is often found hitting the fells hard on his mountain bike, trying desperately to stay rubber side down.
As a qualified British Cycling Level 2 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.


Duane Moran

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 a lakeland biathlon known as the ‘frog graham’ 40 miles of running and swimming in under 15 hours!
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.

Duane is also an active member of Keswick Mountain Rescue team going out into the hills in all conditions, any time day or night helping those in need.