Trail magazine and the British Mountaineering Council present Britain's Mountain Challenges.
In this video we go in search of the Llech Ddu spur, which winds between the northern cliffs of the mighty Carnedd Dafydd in Snowdonia. Never heard of it? You're not alone. Requiring a 3-4km wild walk-in down the course of the Afon Llafar from the town of Bethesda, this is as remote as any spot in the National Park. There's also the matter of pronunciation to consider. To non-Welsh speakers Llech Ddu (trans: "Black Slate") can be a difficult phrase to pronounce (see Dan's various attempts in the video for proof) and as a consequence it's also referred to as the Crib Lem spur – a division that only adds to the confusion. Then consider that the route runs beside the climbing hotspot of the Ysgolion Duon (trans: "Black Ladders") and you've got a verbally tricky part of the world for those of us non-native to Cymru.
But whether you can pronounce the names or not, visiting this part of north Wales is an absolute must for any hillwalker and scrambler. That's because the Llech Ddu spur is one of the most dramatically situated, grandest and exciting Grade 1 scrambles you can undertake in the UK mountains. Don't believe us? Watch the video and see for yourself. Visit this place just once and you'll want to return many times to experience the sense of unique sense space, isolation and airiness only it can offer.
In this video, featuring some incredible aerial footage of some breathtaking mountain scenery, we tackle the 'best walkers' route up Britain's highest peak' - the CMD Arête on Ben Nevis.
In this video we take on the challenge of 'Threading the Needle', a short but serious scramble behind one of the Lake District's most iconic mountain features: Napes Needle on Great Gable.
In this video we take on the infamous Aonach Eagach ridge traverse, the longest and narrowest on mainland Britain, to see if the reality lives up to the legend.
It used to be known as Razor Edge, and in this video we head up Blencathra to discover just how sharp Sharp Edge really is.
In this video we take on one of Snowdonia's most popular scrambling routes: a climb up Tryfan's northern shoulder followed by an ascent of Bristly Ridge to the summit of Glyder Fach.
In this video we tackle Jack’s Rake, an ever-popular slanting scramble in the heart of one of the Lake District’s most appealing valleys.
In this video we go in search of the Llech Ddu spur, which winds between the northern cliffs of the mighty Carnedd Dafydd in Snowdonia.
In this video we're looking at Striding Edge: one of the finest ridges in the whole of the Lake District.
In this video we're looking at one of the most dramatic ways up Snowdon – the knife-edge arête of Crib Goch.