Dave MacLeod described his climb as 'the most dangerous lead I’ve ever done ... falling off from the crux or above would have meant death'. This film is an intimate and frightening portrait of the consequences of one of the world’s best climbers becoming obsessed with a new route in the heart of Scotland's Cairngorm mountains.
The route 'To Hell and Back' is one of the UK's few E10-graded mountain rock climbs and is one of the most serious traditional leads in the world. This film gives an unsettling insight into the psychological process involved in preparing for a climb with the highest consequences of failure. Screams of fear, belayers reduced to tears and even the filming team found the ascent so scary they announce on camera that they don’t want to film anything like it again!