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Di Gilbert works full time as an Independent Mountaineering Instructor, based in the Cairngorm National Park.

She has climbed the world's 7 summits and completed all 282 Munro's.

In 2005 Di successfully led her first expedition to the summit of Mount Everest. Having said she would never go back, she returned in 2019. By standing on the summit for a second time, Di joins a very small group of females who have successfully led more than one expedition to the roof of the world. Di will be returning in 2020 for a third time to lead the Adventure Peaks North Ridge Expedition.

Di is a fully qualified Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor (formerly known as an MIC), the American Avalanche Association Level 2 and both Snowsport Scotland Alpine and Mountain Ski Leader Awards. She has represented Great Britain in the International Ski Mountaineering Federation's World Championships and is a Director of Skimo Scotland, the home of ski mountaineering racing in Scotland.


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Fisherfield Corbeteering  © Di Gilbert

My Mountains - Di Gilbert

She's climbed the Seven Summits and twice led expeditions up Everest. But one of her favourite places is closer to home, in the much-maligned Drumochter Hills. Fiona Russell talks walking with mountain instructor, skier and all-round high achie...


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It's a good size for hillwalking and mountaineering in spring/summer, when less gear is needed  © Dan Bailey

Deuter Guide Lite Pack

If you're after a mid-sized lightweight technical day pack for hillwalking, scrambling, summer alpine trips or mountain rock, the Guide Lite hits the spot at a very reasonable price, says Dan Bailey.

Light but pretty well cushioned, they feel like a good choice for mixed terrain  © Dan Bailey
Light but pretty well cushioned, they feel like a good choice for mixed terrain  © Dan Bailey

Scarpa Spin Ultra

Offering generous levels of cushioning and support in a surprisingly lightweight package, the Spin Ultra should be equally at home on long trail running days and gentler local runs, says Dan Bailey. It's worth considering for summer hill walks and mountain crag...

Having a high quality child carrier allows you to get out into the hills with the wee one in relative comfort  © Penny Orr
Having a high quality child carrier allows you to get out into the hills with the wee one in relative comfort  © Penny Orr

Deuter Kid Comfort Pro

Sturdy and comfy for the adult, and more importantly for the occupant, the Kid Comfort Pro is a Rolls Royce among child carriers, says Rob Greenwood. 

It's a thick, comfy mat and a roomy, versatile sleeping bag  © Dan Bailey
It's a thick, comfy mat and a roomy, versatile sleeping bag  © Dan Bailey

Sea to Summit Sleep Systems

Garden camping on lockdown proves the ideal way to test this combination of sleeping bag, mat, and pillow. The emphasis here is on...

It's a refined and modern take on the traditional leather boot...  © Dan Bailey
It's a refined and modern take on the traditional leather boot...  © Dan Bailey

Scarpa Mont Blanc Pro GTX

A traditional leather mountain boot with modern refinements, Tom Ripley thinks the updated Mont Blanc Pro GTX would be a good choice...

From walking, to scrambling, to climbing, this is a decent mountain all-rounder   © Martin McKenna
From walking, to scrambling, to climbing, this is a decent mountain all-rounder   © Martin McKenna

Deuter Guide 44+ Pack

Part of a major revamp to Deuter's Guide range, the new Guide 44+ is proving an excellent all-round mountain pack, equally at home on hill...

Bombproof shells group test  © UKC Gear
Bombproof shells group test  © UKC Gear

Bombproof Winter Mountain Shells

What's the ideal shell for Scottish winter climbing and gnarly hill walks? A beefy and protective one! Here we review tough...


Latest News from Di's Sponsors

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Scarpa Manta Tech men's close up  © Ed Smith

Scarpa Manta Tech GTX

The Scarpa Manta has been an icon for over three decades. As a multi award winning model in various generations it has represented the "benchmark" in 4 season Mountain boots. Evolving over many generations, the new Manta Tech represents...

Stars  © Sea to Summit
Stars  © Sea to Summit

Sea to Summit Sleep Systems Range

Sea to Summit have got your sleeping solutions sorted with their range of sleep systems. It provides choice at every level whether you are going on a family car camping trip or planning your next high-altitude expedition, there is something to suit...

ISPO 2020 Climbing Gear  © UKC
ISPO 2020 Climbing Gear  © UKC

ISPO 2020 - New Climbing Gear

We spent earlier this week catching up with brands at the big winter gearfest: ISPO. Despite the fact the show was quieter than usual, this in no way detracted from the quality of the clobber on show and hitting the shops in the near future. Below is a...

ISPO 2020 Footwear  © UKC
ISPO 2020 Footwear  © UKC

ISPO 2020 - New Footwear

We spent earlier this week catching up with brands at the big winter gearfest: ISPO. Despite the fact the show was quieter than...

Inferno 3 x 2  © Lorpen
Inferno 3 x 2  © Lorpen

Lorpen Inferno Socks

To create the ultimate insulation system, Polartec Powerstretch is combined with Primaloft to deliver unprecedented performance in...

Salewa Makes Wool Even Warmer

Salewa's TirolWool Celliant is a unique wool technology: a reflective hybrid insulation that outperforms conventional wool and...

Mont Blanc Pro  © Scarpa
Mont Blanc Pro  © Scarpa

Scarpa Mont Blanc Pro GTX

The Mt Blanc Pro is a warm and durable boot designed for technical mountaineering and winter climbing. The new Mt Blanc Pro is...


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