Name: Uisdean Hawthorn
Hometown: Glenelg, North West Scotland
I grew up on a small farm on the North West coast of Scotland. Working outdoors all the time, gathering sheep from the top of Munros, driving tractors, shooting deer, and playing any sports that were available at school. One of the only activities I hadn’t tried was climbing which I started at 19 while training to become a joiner. Although my early life didn’t include any climbing, the all-day fitness and practical skills I had ingrained into me, allowed me to improve quickly and really enjoy Scottish winter climbing.
I spent a lot of time getting into the Scottish mountains. I really enjoy the remoteness and the pure style of Winter climbing in Scotland. For me, I always get the most out of a thin icy/mixed line, that pushes me most physically and mentally. the big adventures you can have in Scotland are amazing considering the cliffs are small and only a couple of hours from the road. I have started to travel to bigger mountain ranges and explore new places. All my climbing in Scotland has allowed me to try harder routes on big faces with confidence.
In the bigger mountain ranges I have really enjoyed the climbing and the committing factors of the terrain that really pushes you to the limit in every way possible. The other great thing about the style of climbing is the remote places and cultures you get to visit..