Trail magazine and the British Mountaineering Council present Britain's Mountain Challenges.
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. ‘Threading the Needle’ involves climbing up and over the rock that links the Needle to the rest of the mountain. There are two potential ways up: from the west, a series of blocky steps with plenty of cracks and ledges, or from the east, a narrow, V-shaped gully with minimal holds and plenty of opportunity for slipping. The east-side climb is usually the preferred ascent route as the west-side is preferable in descent, but we like to do things differently. We went up the west-side and descended the smooth and featureless east-side groove on a dank and grey day that made the rock as slippery as it was cold.
Of course, whether you choose to take this route on your attempt is entirely up to you. To be honest, we'd recommend the more traditional approach. But if you'd like some idea of what the scramble involves, check out the video above, even if it's just so you can be grateful that it's not you in it...
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.