Club Meet

Laddow Rocks - Ken Beetham Memorial Meet

Sun 11th Jun, 2017

Colin Maddison

Meet Promo

An extra meet to one of Ken Beetham’s favourite crags.

Duncan and I thought we would remember Ken with a return to an old haunt where we’ve shared a rope in the past on some excellent routes.

The KMC has a long history of meets at Laddow and for many years it was an annual event where Ken would hold court in the cave, serve hot drinks to all comers and take a rope from trusted belayers on the crag’s classic lines.

So join us in taking the well-trod track from Crowden to enjoy fine routes such as Pillar Ridge (HS), Long Climb (S), Priscilla Ridge (HVS), Tower Face (VS), Cave Crack (HVS) or, maybe, even Modern Times (E3).

Park at Crowden in Longdendale and follow the Pennine Way north to the crag on the crest of the moor. Skirt above the crag and descend to the usual meeting point by the cave. The 45-60 minute walk will be good for your legs and you’ll be rewarded with classic routes in a fine location. Or maybe just come for the walk and a cup of tea.

In traditional style hot drinks will be served in the cave from mid-morning. Volunteer water carriers and cake bakers would be much appreciated – would be porters please apply to the meet leaders Guide books - Over the Moors (2012); Western Grit (2009); Peak Climbs - Kinder and Bleaklow (1990). For further details see -

Come and join us on either a trip down memory lane or perhaps a new experience for some.

Colin Maddison

The approach - '... and then you turn right.'. (Colin Maddison)
Duncan powers up Tower Face.. (Colin Maddison)
... and there was tea and cake. (Colin Maddison)
Duncan chases Phil up Long Climb, (Colin Maddison)
Jim on Little Crowberry, (Colin Maddison)
Alice - kung fu climbing. (Colin Maddison)
Alice inspects the tricky start of Tower Face (Dave Shotton)
Awkward move to start... (Dave Shotton)
Foot up high... (Dave Shotton)
Reach for the handhold... (Dave Shotton)
Easy! (Dave Shotton)
All good on Staircase despite the rain! (Colin Maddison)
Duncan fiddles something into a crack on Pillar Cracks. (Colin Maddison)
Joe clarifies a key point of the story (Dave Shotton)
Dave shoes off his crop top. (Colin Maddison)
Rain fails to dampen spirits in the cave (Dave Shotton)
The rain sweeps in. (Colin Maddison)
Life is good in ther cave. (Colin Maddison)
Looking out at the rain (Dave Shotton)
Just a little wet! (Colin Maddison)
Dave D and Phil on Long Climb (Roger Dyke)
Jim muscling up Little Crowberry (Roger Dyke)
The popular corner.... Tower Face on the right (Roger Dyke)
The wet end (Roger Dyke)