Uisdean Hawthorn


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Uisdean Hawthorn is a Scottish winter climber and Alpinist with some extremely impressive ascents to his name. 

In 2018, Uisdean set a winter speed record for the Cuillin Traverse, knocking over one hour from the previous known fastest time and completing it in just 4 hours 57 minutes and 7 seconds.

The same year, together with Tom Livingstone, Uisdean climbed a new route in the Revelations Range of Alaska called Fun or Fear .


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Fun or Fear: Tom Livingstone and Uisdean Hawthorn  © Tom Livingstone

Fri Night Vid Fun or Fear - New Route in the Revelations, Alaska

Our Friday Night Video this week is an expedition to the Revelations Range in Alaska. Tom Livingstone and Uisdean Hawthorn attempt the unclimbed north face of Mt. Jezebel (2880m) but due to severe weather, turn their attention to the east face. Pe...

His new sub-5-hour time seems likely to be a winter speed record  © Lukasz Warzecha
His new sub-5-hour time seems likely to be a winter speed record  © Lukasz Warzecha

News Uisdean Hawthorn Sets Winter Cuillin Record

On Monday 26th Feb Uisdean Hawthorn set a probable new speed record for a winter Cuillin traverse, travelling solo and unsupported to record a blistering time of 4:57:07. We caught up with him to find out more.


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It's an excellent lightweight down bag for summer use  © Richard Prideaux

Mountain Equipment Firefly Sleeping Bag

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Sport Climbing Harness review  © UKC Gear
Sport Climbing Harness review  © UKC Gear

Lightweight Sport Climbing Harnesses

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The Vapour V, once bedded in, smears surprisingly well  © UKC Gear
The Vapour V, once bedded in, smears surprisingly well  © UKC Gear

Scarpa Vapour V

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Women's down jackets thumbnail  © UKC Gear
Women's down jackets thumbnail  © UKC Gear

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It's a warm and robust mat for serious mountain and winter use  © Dan Bailey
It's a warm and robust mat for serious mountain and winter use  © Dan Bailey

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mountain boots group test  © UKC Gear
mountain boots group test  © UKC Gear

All Round B1-B2 Mountain Boots

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ISPO 2019 top 10 montage  © Nick Brown
ISPO 2019 top 10 montage  © Nick Brown

ISPO 2019 - Best in Show

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The Scarpa Zero Gravity Collection

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Instinct VS WMN  © Scarpa
Instinct VS WMN  © Scarpa

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Arpia  © Scarpa
Arpia  © Scarpa

Scarpa - Arpia and Vapour V

The Arpia is especially designed for climbers who want to step up to their first high performance shoe. It combines performance with a high level of comfort provided by a new, medium fit FK last, a perfect all-round model that performs in any situation, from...

ispo 2019 Footwear and Packs  © UKC
ispo 2019 Footwear and Packs  © UKC

ISPO 2019 - New Footwear and Packs

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ISPO 2019 Clothing  © UKC
ISPO 2019 Clothing  © UKC

ISPO 2019 - New Clothing Roundup

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ispo 2019 Climbing Hardware  © UKC
ispo 2019 Climbing Hardware  © UKC

ISPO 2019 - New Climbing Hardware Roundup

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Greg leads The Forge, onsight. He spent 4 hours on the first pitch.  © Guy Robertson
Greg leads The Forge, onsight. He spent 4 hours on the first pitch.  © Guy Robertson

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