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.
This site is currently documenting 1111 canyons, with detailed information (ACA rating and rappel details) on 525 canyons.
Beta may be found in many different ways:
- By choosing a region of interest (interactive map & list)
- By searching based on distance or other properties (interactive map & list)
- By using the search box in the upper right hand corner (direct search)
- Browse by name
Some of the beta only available on ropewiki is listed here.
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 with good information
Recently modified canyons
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)
Caltopo is a free online map tool with many useful features. It requires no installation and works on any PC, Mac or Tablet just by pointing your browser to www.caltopo.com.
You can open RopeWiki's KML maps by clicking on the link 'Open in CalTopo' at the bottom of the map. Once in CalTopo you can:
- Switch view: switch map view choosing from upper right corner list. Most useful: USGS 7.5K Topos, US Forest, Google Map, Google Terrain, Google Satellite and OpenCycleMap
- Print High Quality Map: click on 'Print' button on top right corner, then drag highlighted region using mouse on the center mark,
- Convert to GPX: click on 'Export', then click on 'Download GPX'
- Upload to GPS: click on 'Export', then 'Connect to GPS' to upload map to GPS
- Navigate map in 3D: click on 'Export', click on 'Download KML' and then click on the file to open it in Google Earth where you can navigate it in 3D.
- Elevation profile & distance: right click on a track and choose 'Profile' to display its elevation profile, move mouse to get info on specific points.
- Weather forecast: right click on any point on the map and choose 'Point info', then 'NOAA forecast' to see weather forecast for that area.
- Import in Garmin Basecamp: to open the downloaded KML in Garmin Basecamp just drag and drop the KML file into the Basecamp window.
You can also use CalTopo to create KML maps to be uploaded to RopeWiki. For more information go to Map Creation.