Uisdean is a Scottish climber and alpinist best known for his winter climbing and Alpine exploits. He has made numerous first-ascents in Scotland including the first winter ascent of the Giant (described as “one of the most important winter ascents in Cairngorm climbing history”) and The Messiah at a mighty grade X. He has also repeated numerous hard routes including the Secret (XIII) and Shoot the Breeze (IX).
Abroad, he has climbed the North Face of Mount Alberta, Hyper Couloir and Divine Providence on Mont Blanc, and the American Direct on the Dru. He enjoys all disciplines of climbing, and running too, but is happiest in the mountains.
When at home, Uisdean lives in the North West of Scotland and is a fully qualified joiner.
“I really love climbing in Scotland it is very unique and has provided me with so many amazing adventures. Over the last year I have been feeling the draw of bigger objectives overseas, I’m psyched to continue to explore the higher mountains and experience all the physical and mental challenges that come with long committing routes in remote places. I love the fact I’m constantly learning in these environments and no matter if you fail or succeed its life enriching experience you won’t forget”
Uisdean, along with Tom Livingstone, loves a good spoon-bivvy, and this has led to us making in-house a two person custom sleeping bag for them with a tent groundsheet. The sheer amount of days out that Uisdean does has also made him an excellent tester of kit’s durability: if it survives a year out with Uisdean then it’ll easily survive a decade with most normal climbers.
Head to Uisdean’s website at www.uisdeanhawthorn.com to see some fairly exceptional photographs.
The latest from Uisdean Hawthorn
Top Bivvy Tips | Tom Livingstone & Uisdean Hawthorn
Bivvying in the mountains is a tale of two. You could have one of the best experiences, comfortable and safe under star-filled skies, or the polar-opposite; confronted with spindrift throughout...
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4h 57m 7s | Cuillin Ridge Winter Traverse Film
On Monday 26th February 2018, Uisdean Hawthorn set a new record for a winter traverse of Skye’s iconic Cuillin Ridge with a time of 4 hours, 57 minutes and 7...
Fun or Fear, Mt. Jezebel, Alaska, Film | Uisdean Hawthorn & Tom Livingstone
In March/April 2018, Pro-Team athletes Uisdean Hawthorn and Tom Livingstone went to the Revelation Range in Alaska. They attempted the unclimbed north face of Mt. Jezebel (2880m) but bailed at...
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Fun or Fear : New Route on Mt. Jezebel by Uisdean Hawthorn, Tom Livingstone
Uisdean Hawthorn and Tom Livingstone have successfully climbed the new route, Fun or Fear, on the East face of Mt. Jezebel (2880m), Revelation Mountains, Alaska; roughly graded at M6+, 90...
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