Di Gilbert

I am based in Grantown on Spey, a typical Scottish village that would easily make the cover of any Scottish shortbread tin.  On my doorstep I have the Cairngorm National Park which offers an abundance of exciting adventures to be had, and within a 90 minute drive I can be at the foot of Ben Nevis; gazing up to the Torridon Giants; be exploring the unexplored Far North; or sitting in an airport or ferry terminal departing to various Islands or foreign places.

I’ve been working as a full time mountaineering instructor for over 20 years now being fortunate to travel the glove chasing the world of mountains and the adventures they provide.

I successfully climbed the World’s 7 summits before I completed my round of Munros and have admitted that I am now bagging the Corbetts.  I spent 4 Antarctic seasons based at Patriot Hills (Antartica) as a Guide and then as Field Operations Manager which enabled me to fine tune my cold weather experience.  I’ve led over 20 commercial expeditions to mountains including Ama Dablam, Muztagh Ata and Cho Oyu on top of the numerous Alpine seasons that any climber will experience.  I represented GB in the International Ski Mountaineering World Championships in 2011 and is the main driving force behind Skimo Scotland - the home of ski mountaineering racing in Scotland.

Although I love summer, I really love winter.  I love the harshness, the suffering that is endured and the experiences that is gained in small teams.

During the winter of 2016 Di was awarded the Snowsport Person of the Year award from Snowsport Scotland in recognition of her work driving Skimo Scotland forward.

Di is currently preparing to head off to Pakistan for the summer of 2017 where she will be leading an expedition to K2.


Biggest achievement:

Not so much climbing Everest but being in a position professionally where you are asked to lead the expedition.
Being invited to become an inductee into the University of Strathclyde’s Sports Hall of Fame and being awarded an Honorary Blue


To continue enjoying the mountains as they were meant to be enjoyed and sharing this joy with like minded spirits.

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