Di Gilbert works full time as an Independent Mountaineering Instructor, based in the Cairngorm National Park. She has never had a proper job and it is unlikely that this will change now.
Di has stood on the bottom of the world without falling off, she has stood on top of the world without suffering from vertigo, she has climbed the world's 7 summits and completed all 282 Munros. In 2016, Di was Expedition Leader with the Adventure Peaks K2 Expedition - the first British Expedition to K2 in 12 years - but success was not to be when an avalanche completely destroyed Camp 3 ending the season sooner than expected.
Di holds the MIC qualification, 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.
It took Di, 6,773 days or 18 years, 6 months and 18 days to complete her Munros - somewhat longer and possibly harder than it took her to summit the world's 7 summits.
Di also spent 4 Antarctic seasons based at Patriot Hills, initially as a Guide, before reached the dizzy heights of Field Operations Manager with Antarctic Expeditions & Logistics before finally hanging up her pink sorrel boots and carhartts for the final time in 2007.
In 2015, Di was inducted into the University of Strathclyde's Sports Hall of Fame and awarded an Honorary Full Sporting Blue for showing an outstanding high level of sporting achievement.
Di has finally admitted to bagging the Corbetts and is hoping that it will take less time to complete the Munros.