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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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.

The pot features heat-proof handles and a heat-distributing base  © Lorraine McCall
The pot features heat-proof handles and a heat-distributing base  © Lorraine McCall

Sigma Pot Set from Sea to Summit

Lorraine McCall swaps her usual lightweight titanium pots for this sturdy and user-friendly steel cook set from Sea to Summit.

Approach shoes group test   © UKC Gear
Approach shoes group test   © UKC Gear

Approach Shoes

Whether you're approaching a mountain crag or out on a scramble or via ferrata, an approach shoe will be lighter and more nimble than a boot,...

Dank weather on Skye, and I'm keen to keep my warm jacket dry  © Nick Brown
Dank weather on Skye, and I'm keen to keep my warm jacket dry  © Nick Brown

Sea to Summit Dry Sacks

Dan Bailey tests a range of dry bags from Sea to Summit, from an ultralight model to an ultra-tough one, via a bag with a window for...

Sport Climbing Harness review  © UKC Gear
Sport Climbing Harness review  © UKC Gear

Lightweight Sport Climbing Harnesses

For a dedicated sport climbing harness you will want something light, comfortable and fairly simple. In this group test...


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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 extreme cold conditions. Tested on climbs over 8,000m these socks have been engineered to function in the coldest en...

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 the secret to its high level of comfort.

Salewa Makes Wool Even Warmer

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

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...

Phantom Tech  © Scarpa
Phantom Tech  © Scarpa

Scarpa Phantom Tech

The Phantom Tech is a super light, technically precise, gaitered boot for cold weather mountaineering and ice climbing. The new...

OutDoor 2019 - Final Roundup  © UKC
OutDoor 2019 - Final Roundup  © UKC

OutDoor 2019 - Final New Product Roundup

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. As Europe sweltered in the heat...

OutDoor 2019 - Clothing and Packs  © UKC
OutDoor 2019 - Clothing and Packs  © UKC

OutDoor 2019 - New Clothing and Packs

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. As Europe sweltered in the heat the...