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 1381 locations, with detailed information (ACA rating and rappel details) on 716 locations.

Beta may be found in many different ways:

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

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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.

Locations with recent condition reports
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Location Region‍ Quality Rating Raps‍ Longest‍ Hike‍ Time‍ Info Conditions
San Diego River Gorge San Diego 3* (2 ratings) 3A II 0 100 ft 5 miles 4.5 hr MKP2
20 Dec 2014  
Little Santa Anita Canyon San Gabriels Front Range 4.2* (20 ratings) 3B III 10 50 ft 1.6 miles 4.5 hr MKP2 18 Dec 2014  
Monkeyface Creek San Bernardino Mountains 4.7* (9 ratings) 3B III 10 200 ft 2.5 miles 6.5 hr MKP2
14 Dec 2014  
Big Falls (Southern California) San Bernardino Mountains 4.5* (7 ratings) 3C I 2 140 ft 1 miles 3 hr MKP2
14 Dec 2014  
Alpine Canyon San Gabriels Front Range 3.5* (3 ratings) 3A II 4 250 ft 6.5 miles 5 hr MKP2 13 Dec 2014  
Cherry Canyon Virgin River Gorge 3.9* (6 ratings) 3A II 12 105 ft 1.8 miles 5 hr MKP2
8 Dec 2014  
Mary Jane Canyon Big Tujunga Region 3* (1 ratings) 3A III 10 120 ft 2.7 miles 6 hr 2 7 Dec 2014  
Fall Creek Big Tujunga Region 3.7* (8 ratings) 3B III 4 70 ft 4.6 miles 5 hr MKP2 7 Dec 2014  
Mayday Canyon Virgin River Gorge 3.9* (3 ratings) 3A IV 7 110 ft 3.7 miles 8.5 hr MK2
7 Dec 2014  
Great Falls of the Fox Big Tujunga Region 4.2* (10 ratings) 3B IV 8 100 ft 7.3 miles 10 hr MKP2 6 Dec 2014  
Portal Canyon Virgin River Gorge 4.6* (6 ratings) 3A IV 12 175 ft 4.4 miles 11 hr MKP2
6 Dec 2014  
Stone Plus One Big Tujunga Region 3.9* (8 ratings) 3A III 17 136 ft 3.6 miles 6.5 hr MKP2 30 Nov 2014  
Antenna Canyon State Line Hills 3.5* (3 ratings) 3A III 7 175 ft 7 hr MKP4
30 Nov 2014  
Arizona Hot Springs Lake Mead NRA 3.5* (4 ratings) 1A II 0 0 ft 5.5 hr MKP
27 Nov 2014  ‍‍
Secret Canyon (Nevada) Lake Mead NRA 3.1* (4 ratings) 3A III 2 60 ft 5.5 hr MKP2
27 Nov 2014  
Anniversary Narrows Lake Mead NRA 3.9* (3 ratings) 2A II 0 0 ft 4.5 hr MKP4
26 Nov 2014  
Sheepbone and Quarry Canyons Loop Lake Mead NRA 3.2* (3 ratings) 3A II 8 70 ft 5.2 miles 4 hr MKP2
26 Nov 2014  
Keyhole Canyon (Nevada) Lake Mead NRA 4.1* (4 ratings) 3A I 4 100 ft 1.6 miles 2.5 hr MKP2
25 Nov 2014  
Clark Gulch East Fork San Gabriel 4.4* (2 ratings) 3B V 8 160 ft 14.5 miles 21 hr MKP2 22 Nov 2014  
Falls Creek (San Jacinto Mountains) San Jacinto Mountains 4.1* (2 ratings) 4B IV 5 180 ft 10 miles 13 hr MKP2 16 Nov 2014  
Supercloud Canyon Red Box 2.7* (4 ratings) 3A III 6 95 ft 3 miles 5 hr MKP2 13 Nov 2014  
Rubio Canyon San Gabriels Front Range 3.8* (11 ratings) 3A II 6 90 ft 1.6 miles 4 hr MKP 12 Nov 2014  
Little Fox Creek Big Tujunga Region 4.3* (1 ratings) 3A II 4 160 ft 7.5 miles 5 hr MKP 9 Nov 2014  
Ringpin Canyon Lake Mead NRA 3.5* (3 ratings) 3B III 3 50 ft 5 hr MKP4
7 Nov 2014  
Weeping Springs and Bighorn Canyons Loop Lake Mead NRA 3.9* (3 ratings) 3A III 7 150 ft 4.5 miles 8.5 hr MKP2
6 Nov 2014  
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Locations with good information
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Location Region‍ Quality Rating Raps‍ Longest‍ Hike‍ Time‍ Info Conditions
Josephine Creek Big Tujunga Region 3.4* (5 ratings) 3B II 2 170 ft 1.1 miles 2.5 hr MKP2 7 Jul 2014  
San Diego River Gorge San Diego 3* (2 ratings) 3A II 0 100 ft 5 miles 4.5 hr MKP2
20 Dec 2014  
Warlock Canyon Grapevine Mountains 3.7* (1 ratings) 3A IV 11 210 ft 14.5 miles MKP
Beacon Rock Columbia River Gorge 3.7* (1 ratings) Rock Climbing 4A I 1 800 ft 1 miles 2 hr MKP2
Chorreadero Chiapas 4.7* (2 ratings) River Cave 3C IV 13 60 ft 3.1 miles 8 hr MK2
Chipitin Nuevo Leon 4.3* (1 ratings) 4C III 7 150 ft 1.6 miles 5.5 hr MKP4
Sandy Glacier Caves (Snow Dragon) Cascade Mountains 3.7* (1 ratings) Ice Cave 2A IV R 0 0 ft 10 miles 9 hr MKP
Mud Caves (Arroyo Tapiado) Anza Borrego Desert 3.7* (1 ratings) Cave 2A III R 0 0 ft 3 miles 6 hr MKP2
Ape Cave Washington 3.7* (1 ratings) Cave 2A II 0 0 ft 4 miles 3 hr MKP2
Black Canyon (Colorado River) Lake Mead NRA 4.3* (1 ratings) River Rafting 2A V 0 0 ft 12.5 miles 3 days MKP2
Havasu Canyon Grand Canyon 4.4* (3 ratings) 2C VI 0 0 ft 28 miles 3 days MKP
Ruta Vertigo Via Ferrata Nuevo Leon 4.3* (1 ratings) Via Ferrata 4A III 5 200 ft 2 miles 5.5 hr MKP
Matacanes Nuevo Leon 4.7* (2 ratings) 3C IV 3 80 ft 6.5 miles 8 hr MKP4
Hidrofobia Nuevo Leon 4.3* (1 ratings) 3C IV 1 30 ft 5 miles 10 hr MKP4
Big Falls (Southern California) San Bernardino Mountains 4.5* (7 ratings) 3C I 2 140 ft 1 miles 3 hr MKP2
14 Dec 2014  
Frenchman Mountain Canyon Las Vegas 2.2* (1 ratings) 3A II 4 80 ft 4 miles 5 hr MK2
Ice Cube Canyon (The Maze) Red Rock Canyon 4.8* (9 ratings) 4B IV 23 190 ft 8 miles 12.5 hr MKP2
1 Mar 2014  ‍‍
Mud Spring Canyon Red Rock Canyon 3.8* (3 ratings) 3B III 8 100 ft 3.1 miles 7 hr MK2
19 May 2013  ‍‍
Questionable Decision Canyon Red Rock Canyon 4.7* (3 ratings) 4A IV R 6 180 ft 6 miles 12.5 hr MKP2
5 Nov 2014  
Hidden Falls Canyon Red Rock Canyon 3* (3 ratings) 3A III 7 120 ft 5.9 miles 9 hr MKP2
11 Oct 2014  
Monkeyface Creek San Bernardino Mountains 4.7* (9 ratings) 3B III 10 200 ft 2.5 miles 6.5 hr MKP2
14 Dec 2014  
Alpine Canyon San Gabriels Front Range 3.5* (3 ratings) 3A II 4 250 ft 6.5 miles 5 hr MKP2 13 Dec 2014  
Palm Wash Slot Canyons Anza Borrego Desert 3.8* (2 ratings) 3A IV 1 30 ft 6 miles 8 hr MKP4
Myo Canyon (Lower) Tahoe National Forest 3.7* (1 ratings) 3C III 7 120 ft 3 miles 7 hr MKP2
Salmon Creek Falls (Sequoia National Forest) Sequoia National Forest 3.7* (1 ratings) 4C IV R 9 230 ft 4.7 miles 13 hr MKP
Canyon Creek (Opho) Tahoe National Forest 4.7* (10 ratings) 3C III R 20 110 ft 4.5 miles 7 hr MKP2
12 Oct 2014  
Green Mountain Canyon Lytle Creek Area 4.3* (1 ratings) 3A III 5 180 ft 1.8 miles 6 hr MK4
Cherry Canyon Virgin River Gorge 3.9* (6 ratings) 3A II 12 105 ft 1.8 miles 5 hr MKP2
8 Dec 2014  
Cougar Canyon (Anza Borrego Desert) Anza Borrego Desert 3.7* (2 ratings) 3B III 13 70 ft 4.7 miles 7.5 hr MKP4
4 May 2014  
Guadalupe Creek Santa Rosa Mountains 3.4* (2 ratings) 4A IV 14 270 ft 13.1 miles 15.5 hr MKP
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Recently modified locations

Location Region‍ Quality Rating Length‍ Depth‍ Raps‍ Longest‍ Hike‍ Time‍ Info Conditions
Inconceivable Canyon Princess Bride Range 4.3* (1 ratings) 4A III 285 ft 6.6 miles 8 hr MKP4
Josephine Creek Big Tujunga Region 3.4* (5 ratings) 3B II 2 170 ft 1.1 miles 2.5 hr MKP2 7 Jul 2014  
San Diego River Gorge San Diego 3* (2 ratings) 3A II 0 100 ft 5 miles 4.5 hr MKP2
20 Dec 2014  
Peek-a-Boo Canyon Escalante 3.9* (2 ratings) 2A I 0 0 ft P 2 Sep 2012  ‍‍
Umpqua Hot Springs Oregon 0* (0 ratings) POI 0 0 ft 0.6 miles
Rio La Venta Expedition Chiapas 4.1* (2 ratings) River Rafting 55.3 miles 5 days MK2
Warlock Canyon Grapevine Mountains 3.7* (1 ratings) 3A IV 11 210 ft 14.5 miles MKP
Beacon Rock Columbia River Gorge 3.7* (1 ratings) Rock Climbing 4A I 1 800 ft 1 miles 2 hr MKP2
Cañón del Sumidero Chiapas 4.3* (1 ratings) POI
Bridge Mountain Red Rock Canyon 4.3* (1 ratings) Mountaneering 2A III 0 0 ft 6.5 miles 6.5 hr 4
Chorreadero Chiapas 4.7* (2 ratings) River Cave 3C IV 13 60 ft 3.1 miles 8 hr MK2
Chipitin Nuevo Leon 4.3* (1 ratings) 4C III 7 150 ft 1.6 miles 5.5 hr MKP4
Cueva del Río Rocjá Pemech Alta Verapaz 0* (0 ratings) Insurgence Cave 4193 ft MP
Cueva del Tigre Quiché 3* (1 ratings) Cave
Cueva de Chicoy Baja Verapaz 3* (1 ratings) Cave
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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)