Uisdean Hawthorn

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.

Over the last 4 years I have spent all my free 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 pushing me both 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, exploring new places is great and all my climbing in Scotland has allowed me to try harder routes on big faces with confidence.

The climbing in Scotland is world class in both summer and the winter. I am always telling people it’s a destination every climber should put on their list of places to go. You will probably find me in my van dotting round the North West of Scotland where the pace of life is a bit different and every day is a mini adventure.


-Hometown-

Glenelg, North West Scotland.

-Projects-

Alpine climbing- the bigger and more remote the better- and Scottish winter climbing are what I focus my climbing around, but I do like rock climbing in the spring sun. The list of routes and mountains I really want to climb just seems to get longer the more routes I climb. I really love running in the hills when I’m home, it will most likely be raining but there is no one else around and you can run literally anywhere, if you don’t mind your feet getting wet!

-Successes-

A fair few new winter routes in Scotland and significant repeats particularly rarely formed ones. First ascent of Gandiva on Arjuna 6100m India 5.11, WI5, 1400m (onsight); House Anderson -North Face of Mount Alberta; Ecallie Epique-Les Droites; Hyper Couloir-Mont Blanc; Voie Lesueur- Les Dru.

-Favourite Scarpa-

Phantom 6000

-No Place too Far-

Is a private jet allowed? That way I wouldn’t spend months of my life in a tent waiting for good weather and conditions. I could just fly there as soon as the weather got good.

 

 


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