Uisdean Hawthorn



Avenging Angel Direct


I have been back in Scotland for 7 weeks. It has flown by mainly due to the weather being unusually dry and sunny for October which allowed for lots of nice crisp rock climbing in the sun with friends. I felt great to be visiting all my favorite crags with good mates not worrying about midges or rain. I always enjoy sport and single pitch trad climbing after a climbing on bigger serious mountains like Canada in September. Last week Adam Russell and I went winter climbing on Ben Nevis and climbed Avenging Angel Direct (VIII,8) a series of overhanging corners up the center of Creag Corie Na Ciste.  As a winter line it climbs really well and is the best early season route I have done in that area of The Ben. Adam and I maybe thought it could maybe even be given 4 stars. It was one of those days with no wind and I topped out to the sun setting over the west coast illuminating it in glorious red light. A great experience to have in my memory as I am heading to Patagonia for 3 months from today.  I am sitting in Manchester airport right now and I can’t wait to explore a new place and climb some iconic Patagonian spires as long as the ferocious wind doesn’t stop us.



The Creag Corie Na Ciste looking good! 



Adam on pitch one. 



Me on pitch two a very steep chimney/corner.   Ⓒ Adam Russell



Bridging out before the last hard move on pitch two.  ⒸAdam Russell



Adam on the third pitch, a great pitch up a corner round a small capping roof. 



Adam enjoying one side of topping out in the dark.