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 1112 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
- By searching near a location
- 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.
- Create new canyon beta
- Fix or update existing information
- Define a new region
- Mapping/Exploration tools
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)