Uisdean Hawthorn - Scarpa

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.

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 thinn icy/mixed line, that pushes me most physcially 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.



Glenelg, North West Scotland. Currently based in BC Canada


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!


First ascent of Running in the Shadows on Mount Robson Canada VI, AI5, M6 2000m; First ascent of Voodoo Chile on North Howser, Canada 511+ 600m. First ascent of Gandiva on Arjuna 6100m India 5.11, WI5, 1400m (onsight);  First ascent of Fun of Fear Mt Jezabel, Alaska A16 M6 1100m. House Anderson -North Face of Mount Alberta; Ecallie Epique-Les Droites; Hyper Couloir-Mont Blanc;  Many new routes and significant repeats in Scotland. 

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