Di Gilbert


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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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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 for any mountaineer looking for a solid B3 boot that can be used from winter hill walking through to technical ...

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 walks, scrambles and winter climbs, says Dan Bailey. It's not a lightweight minimalist, though...

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 technical jackets from 12 leading manufacturers.

Solid rand, synthetic upper, integrated gaiter and super-chunky sole unit - the makings of an excellent B3 boot  © Dan Bailey
Solid rand, synthetic upper, integrated gaiter and super-chunky sole unit - the makings of an excellent B3 boot  © Dan Bailey

Salewa Vultur Vertical GTX Boots

They're no lightweights, but the Vultur Vertical GTX are superb solid B3 boots, which combine warmth, comfort and technical...

LV shoes group test  © UKC Gear
LV shoes group test  © UKC Gear

Performance Rock Shoes - Women's/LV Fit

In this group test we compare nine pairs of performance shoes with a women's / low volume fit. How did they all do...?

Comfortable out of the box on Beinn a' Chrulaiste  © Dan Bailey
Comfortable out of the box on Beinn a' Chrulaiste  © Dan Bailey

Scarpa R-Evo GTX

"A non-techy walking boot that can eat the miles without chewing your feet up too, the R-Evo is built for comfort" reckons Dan Bailey...

20L packs montage  © UKC Gear
20L packs montage  © UKC Gear

Day Packs Around 20 Litres

We check out 11 smaller rucksacks for lightweight days.


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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 ...

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...

A sensitive, flexible shoe enables maximum contact on sloping footholds  © Robbie Phillips
A sensitive, flexible shoe enables maximum contact on sloping footholds  © Robbie Phillips

Scarpa Booster

The Booster is the newest climbing shoe to be introduced to the Scarpa Spring Summer 2020 climbing range. It follows on from the old classic Booster S with some exciting new developments.

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...

Scarpa Veloce

The Veloce offers comfort and technology with special focus on indoor climbing. A slightly downturned shape with an extra spacy toe box is...

Salewa Makes Wool Even Warmer

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

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