Beta

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Beta is simply information, usually regarding the nature of a trip or route and the challenges one might encounter. The word beta sprang from the climbing community and could have originally meant a Betamax video. Essentially the video of someone climbing a pitch.

These days beta typically takes the written form, but you can find excellent route information on YouTube.

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Finding beta

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This site is currently documenting 1182 canyons, with detailed information (ACA rating and rappel details) on 587 canyons.

Beta may be found in many different ways:

Some of the beta only available on ropewiki is listed here.

Contribute

This site relies on users like you to grow and improve. Anyone can add beta or update beta posted by other users. We also welcome links to beta or trip reports posted on other sites.

Canyons with recent condition reports

Canyons Region‍ Quality Rating Raps‍ Longest‍ Hike‍ Time‍ Info Conditions
Water Canyon (Zion National Park) Zion National Park 4.1* (15 ratings) 3B III 9 170 ft 4.3 miles 8.5 hr MP 22 Oct 2014  ‍‍
Das Boot Zion National Park 4.6* (22 ratings) 3B III 3 66 ft 8.4 miles 8 hr P 21 Oct 2014  ‍‍
The Subway Zion West Side 4.5* (26 ratings) 3B III 4 50 ft 9.5 miles 9 hr MP 21 Oct 2014  ‍‍
Stone Plus One Big Tujunga Region 3.6* (4 ratings) 3A III 11 150 ft 3.6 miles 6.5 hr MP 21 Oct 2014  
Johnson Arch Canyon Dixie National Forest 4* (2 ratings) 20 Oct 2014  ‍‍
Great Falls of the Fox Big Tujunga Region 4.6* (6 ratings) 3B IV 8 100 ft 7.3 miles 10 hr MP 19 Oct 2014  
Suicide Canyon Big Tujunga Region 4* (3 ratings) 3A III 8 190 ft 2.2 miles 5.5 hr MP 18 Oct 2014  
Monkeyface Creek San Bernardino Mountains 4.3* (5 ratings) 3B III 10 200 ft 2.5 miles 6.5 hr MP 18 Oct 2014  
String of Pearls Red Rock Canyon 3.3* (3 ratings) 3B III 11 200 ft 5.6 miles 9.5 hr P 18 Oct 2014  
Canyon Creek (Opho) Tahoe National Forest 4.7* (10 ratings) 3C III R 20 110 ft 4.5 miles 7 hr MP 12 Oct 2014  
Motorcycle Canyon Lake Mead Natural Recreation Area 2.6* (2 ratings) 3A III 4 90 ft 6.8 miles 6 hr M 12 Oct 2014  
Davis Creek Canyon South Cascades 4.7* (3 ratings) 3C2 II 8 110 ft 0.8 miles 4.5 hr MP 12 Oct 2014  
Hidden Falls Canyon Red Rock Canyon 3* (3 ratings) 3A III 7 120 ft 5.9 miles 9 hr MP 11 Oct 2014  
Summit Creek Canyon South Cascades 4.2* (3 ratings) 3C II 6 120 ft 0.2 miles 4 hr MP 11 Oct 2014  
Three Canyon San Rafael Desert 4* (2 ratings) 3A III 2 50 ft 5 hr 6 Oct 2014  ‍‍
Angel Slot Angel Point 4.6* (6 ratings) 3A II 5 92 ft 2.3 miles 4 hr 5 Oct 2014  ‍‍
Baptist Draw Southern Swell 4.5* (15 ratings) 3B III 3 83 ft 5.5 hr 5 Oct 2014  ‍‍
High Spur Canyon High Spur 4.6* (8 ratings) 3B III 83 ft 6 hr 5 Oct 2014  ‍‍
Echo Canyon (Middle) Zion National Park 4.4* (22 ratings) 3B II 7 50 ft 4.7 miles 5 hr P 3 Oct 2014  ‍‍
Goblin's Lair Goblin Valley State Park 4.4* (8 ratings) 3A I 3 Oct 2014  ‍‍
Wallace River Canyon North Cascades 4.6* (2 ratings) 3C IV 12 130 ft 4.7 miles 9 hr MP 28 Sep 2014  ‍‍
Ladder Creek North Cascades 4.2* (2 ratings) 3C MP X Unexplored
Thornton Creek North Cascades 4.7* (3 ratings) 4C II 9 200 ft 0.5 miles MP 27 Sep 2014  
Woody Canyon Trachyte Area 4.7* (14 ratings) 4B II 3 30 ft 5.3 miles 5 hr 24 Sep 2014  ‍‍
The Squeeze San Rafael Swell 4.7* (13 ratings) 4B IV 99 ft 8.5 hr 23 Sep 2014  ‍‍
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Canyons with good information

Canyons Region‍ Quality Rating Raps‍ Longest‍ Hike‍ Time‍ Info Conditions
Yosemite Falls (Middle Earth) Yosemite National Park 4.6* (2 ratings) 4C IV R 8 200 ft 2.5 miles 8.5 hr MP
Boulder Creek (Three Sisters) San Diego 4.3* (1 ratings) 3B II 5 200 ft 3.1 miles 5 hr MP
Seven Teacups Sequoia National Forest 4.6* (9 ratings) 3C III 5 60 ft 5.1 miles 5.5 hr MP 27 Jul 2014  
Marble Fork Kaweah River (Chrysalis) Sequoia National Park 4.5* (2 ratings) 4C3 III R 10 140 ft 4 miles 7.5 hr MP
Thornton Creek North Cascades 4.7* (3 ratings) 4C II 9 200 ft 0.5 miles MP 27 Sep 2014  
San Antonio Creek East Fork San Gabriel 4.1* (4 ratings) 3B III 6 90 ft 4 miles 4 hr MP 15 Oct 2011  ‍‍
Stone Plus One Big Tujunga Region 3.6* (4 ratings) 3A III 11 150 ft 3.6 miles 6.5 hr MP 21 Oct 2014  
Wallace River Canyon North Cascades 4.6* (2 ratings) 3C IV 12 130 ft 4.7 miles 9 hr MP 28 Sep 2014  ‍‍
Davis Creek Canyon South Cascades 4.7* (3 ratings) 3C2 II 8 110 ft 0.8 miles 4.5 hr MP 12 Oct 2014  
Monkeyface Creek San Bernardino Mountains 4.3* (5 ratings) 3B III 10 200 ft 2.5 miles 6.5 hr MP 18 Oct 2014  
Suicide Canyon Big Tujunga Region 4* (3 ratings) 3A III 8 190 ft 2.2 miles 5.5 hr MP 18 Oct 2014  
Ape Cave Washington 3.7* (1 ratings) 2A II 0 0 ft 4 miles 3 hr MP
Summit Creek Canyon South Cascades 4.2* (3 ratings) 3C II 6 120 ft 0.2 miles 4 hr MP 11 Oct 2014  
Corbett Creek San Juan Mountains 4.5* (2 ratings) 3C1 III 12 220 ft 3 miles 8.25 hr MP 5 Jul 2014  ‍‍
Hastings Canyon San Gabriels Front Range 3.9* (3 ratings) 3A III 12 70 ft 3.5 miles 6.5 hr MP
Beacon Rock Columbia River Gorge 3.7* (1 ratings) 4A I 1 800 ft 1 miles 2 hr MP
Styx Canyon (North Fork) Death Valley National Park 4.6* (2 ratings) 3A IV 16 105 ft 5.9 miles 9 hr MP
Sandy Glacier Caves (Snow Dragon) Cascade Mountains 3.7* (1 ratings) 2A IV R 0 0 ft 10 miles 9 hr MP
Darwin Falls Death Valley National Park 4.3* (1 ratings) 3B II 3 110 ft 3.3 miles 4.5 hr M
Motorcycle Canyon Lake Mead Natural Recreation Area 2.6* (2 ratings) 3A III 4 90 ft 6.8 miles 6 hr M 12 Oct 2014  
Falls Creek South Cascades 4.3* (1 ratings) 3C II 3 160 ft 3.2 miles 4 hr M
Moffett Creek Columbia River Gorge 2.6* (2 ratings) 3C1 IV 11 160 ft 12.8 miles 12 hr MP 7 Aug 2014  
Bridal Veil Creek Columbia River Gorge 3.8* (5 ratings) 3C II 5 100 ft 1.3 miles 4 hr MP 11 Aug 2014  
Egypt 1.5 AKA Bobo Escalante 4* (2 ratings) 3B I 3 35 ft 1.1 miles 1.75 hr MP 27 Apr 2012  ‍‍
Mud Caves (Anza Borrego) San Diego 4.3* (1 ratings) 2A III R 0 0 ft 3 miles 6 hr MP
Little Santa Anita Canyon San Gabriels Front Range 4.3* (14 ratings) 3B III 10 50 ft 1.6 miles 4.5 hr MP 20 Aug 2014  ‍‍
Mystery Canyon Zion East Side 4.4* (3 ratings) 3B III 13 135 ft 8 miles 7.25 hr MP
Josephine Creek Big Tujunga Region 3.3* (3 ratings) 3B II 2 170 ft 1.1 miles 2.5 hr MP 7 Jul 2014  
Great Falls of the Fox Big Tujunga Region 4.6* (6 ratings) 3B IV 8 100 ft 7.3 miles 10 hr MP 19 Oct 2014  
Lunada Canyon Southern California 3* (1 ratings) 3A I 5 40 ft 0.3 miles 1.5 hr MP
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Recently modified canyons

Canyons Region‍ Quality Rating Raps‍ Longest‍ Hike‍ Time‍ Info Conditions
Yosemite Falls (Middle Earth) Yosemite National Park 4.6* (2 ratings) 4C IV R 8 200 ft 2.5 miles 8.5 hr MP
Boulder Creek (Three Sisters) San Diego 4.3* (1 ratings) 3B II 5 200 ft 3.1 miles 5 hr MP
Seven Teacups Sequoia National Forest 4.6* (9 ratings) 3C III 5 60 ft 5.1 miles 5.5 hr MP 27 Jul 2014  
Marble Fork Kaweah River (Chrysalis) Sequoia National Park 4.5* (2 ratings) 4C3 III R 10 140 ft 4 miles 7.5 hr MP
Thornton Creek North Cascades 4.7* (3 ratings) 4C II 9 200 ft 0.5 miles MP 27 Sep 2014  
San Antonio Creek East Fork San Gabriel 4.1* (4 ratings) 3B III 6 90 ft 4 miles 4 hr MP 15 Oct 2011  ‍‍
Stone Plus One Big Tujunga Region 3.6* (4 ratings) 3A III 11 150 ft 3.6 miles 6.5 hr MP 21 Oct 2014  
String of Pearls Red Rock Canyon 3.3* (3 ratings) 3B III 11 200 ft 5.6 miles 9.5 hr P 18 Oct 2014  
Wallace River Canyon North Cascades 4.6* (2 ratings) 3C IV 12 130 ft 4.7 miles 9 hr MP 28 Sep 2014  ‍‍
Davis Creek Canyon South Cascades 4.7* (3 ratings) 3C2 II 8 110 ft 0.8 miles 4.5 hr MP 12 Oct 2014  
Indian Ranch Canyon Death Valley National Park 0* (0 ratings) M
Monkeyface Creek San Bernardino Mountains 4.3* (5 ratings) 3B III 10 200 ft 2.5 miles 6.5 hr MP 18 Oct 2014  
Suicide Canyon Big Tujunga Region 4* (3 ratings) 3A III 8 190 ft 2.2 miles 5.5 hr MP 18 Oct 2014  
Glen Creek New York 0* (0 ratings) 3C X Unexplored
Ape Cave Washington 3.7* (1 ratings) 2A II 0 0 ft 4 miles 3 hr MP
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Canyon mapper

RopeWiki hosts a tool that allows the user to plot the elevation profile of a canyon simply by ctrl-clicking (⌘-clicking) on the top of that canyon. The accuracy depends on the character of the canyon and the quality of elevation data in the region. In the San Gabriels, this tool is extremely accurate -- accurate enough to distinguish most rappels and their heights in most canyons. For slot canyons in remote areas of Utah, it is worthless.

This tool works by measuring the 3D polygons automatically loaded onto the viewer's local machine when viewing a particular area with the Google Earth plugin. This means that getting the best results requires:

  • Waiting for the Google Earth data to fully load before measuring an elevation profile
  • Ensuring that the entire canyon is visible on the screen (off-screen areas are replaced with much lower-resolution polygons and will not yield good elevation profile results)
  • Zooming in as much as possible (when zoomed out away from a given area, Google Earth loads lower-resolution polygons because the higher-resolution ones are unnecessary to create a good visual image)