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.

Contents

Finding beta

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This site is currently documenting 1073 canyons, with detailed information (ACA rating and rappel details) on 480 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 Rappels Longest Hike Info Conditions
Sandtrap Canyon San Diego GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.png 2A II 0 0 ft 2 miles Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 19 July 2014 Smiley3.png Waterflow0.pngWetsuit0.pngDanger0.png
Little Santa Anita Canyon San Gabriels Front Range GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar1.png 3A III 10 50 ft 1.6 miles Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 18 July 2014 Smiley1.png Waterflow1.pngWetsuit0.pngDanger2.png
Hogwarts Canyon North Wash 3A II 4 89 ft 13 July 2014 Smiley4.png
Woody Canyon Trachyte Area GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.png 4B II 3 30 ft 5.3 miles 12 July 2014 Smiley5.png
Jump Trip (Upper) Sierra National Forest GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.png 3C III R 3 70 ft 1.7 miles Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 12 July 2014 Smiley5.png Waterflow3.pngWetsuit4.pngDanger2.png
Seven Teacups Sequoia National Forest GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.png 3C III 5 60 ft 5.1 miles Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 12 July 2014 Smiley3.png Waterflow3.pngWetsuit3.pngDanger3.png
Imlay Canyon (Full) Zion National Park GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.png 4B V 46 170 ft 11.4 miles Vxpicnx.png 10 July 2014 Smiley5.png
Egypt 2 Canyon Escalante GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.png 3B III 1 230 ft 4.2 miles 8 July 2014 Smiley3.png
Muir Gorge (Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River) Yosemite National Park GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.png 2C VI R 0 0 ft 30 miles Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 8 July 2014 Smiley2.png Waterflow4.pngWetsuit2.pngDanger3.png
Josephine Creek Big Tujunga Region GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar1.pngGoldStar0.png 3B II 3 180 ft 1.1 miles Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 7 July 2014 Smiley2.png Waterflow1.pngWetsuit0.pngDanger1.png
Lower Chambers Creek (Sleep Disorder) Plumas National Forest GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.png 3C III 8 195 ft 2.5 miles Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 6 July 2014 Smiley3.png Waterflow3.pngWetsuit3.pngDanger2.png
Choprock Canyon (South Fork) Escalante GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.png 4B V R 90 ft 5 July 2014 Smiley5.png
South Branch Feather River (Log Ride) Plumas National Forest GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.png 3C III 12 130 ft 3.8 miles Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 5 July 2014 Smiley5.png Waterflow3.pngWetsuit3.pngDanger2.png
Corbett Creek San Juan Mountains GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.png 5 July 2014 Smiley5.png
Canyon Creek (Opho) Tahoe National Forest GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar2.png 3C III R 20 110 ft 4.5 miles Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 4 July 2014 Smiley5.png Waterflow3.pngWetsuit3.pngDanger3.png
Ivans Tail San Juan Mountains GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.pngGoldStar0.png 4 July 2014 Smiley5.png
Pine Creek Canyon Zion National Park GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar3.png 3B II 7 100 ft 1.3 miles Vxpicnx.png 3 July 2014 Smiley4.png
Behunin Canyon Zion National Park GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.png 3B III 9 170 ft 6.8 miles Vxpicnx.png 3 July 2014 Smiley5.png
Oak Canyon San Juan Mountains GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.png 3 July 2014 Smiley5.png
Lodge Canyon Zion National Park 4A IV 6 200 ft 4.6 miles 2 July 2014 Smiley5.png
Eaton Canyon (Lower) San Gabriels Front Range GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar2.png 3B IV 7 80 ft 7.5 miles Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 30 June 2014 Smiley2.png Waterflow2.pngWetsuit0.pngDanger2.png
Englestead Hollow Zion East Side GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.png 4B IV 11 300 ft 7.5 miles Vxpicnx.png 30 June 2014 Smiley5.png
Russell Gulch Zion National Park GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.png 3B IV 3 90 ft 6.4 miles 29 June 2014 Smiley3.png Waterflow1.pngWetsuit0.pngDanger2.png
The Subway Zion West Side GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar2.png 3B III 4 50 ft 9.5 miles Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 29 June 2014 Smiley4.png Waterflow2.pngWetsuit0.pngDanger1.png
Spry Canyon Zion National Park GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.png 3B III 13 190 ft 3 miles Vxpicnx.png 29 June 2014 Smiley5.png
… further results

Canyons with good information

Canyons Region Quality Rating Rappels Longest Hike Info Conditions
Quartzville Creek Oregon GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.pngGoldStar0.png 3C II 3 20 ft 1.8 miles Vxmapnx.png
Seven Teacups Sequoia National Forest GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.png 3C III 5 60 ft 5.1 miles Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 12 July 2014 Smiley3.png Waterflow3.pngWetsuit3.pngDanger3.png
Marble Fork Kaweah River (Chrysalis) Sequoia National Park GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.png 4C3 III R 10 140 ft 4 miles Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png
Opal Creek (Upper Section) Oregon GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.pngGoldStar0.png 3C IV 5 150 ft 7.9 miles Vxmapnx.png
Monkeyface (Lower) San Bernardino Mountains GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.png 3B III 10 100 ft 2.5 miles Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 8 June 2014 Smiley0.png Waterflow0.png
Stack Creek (East) Oregon GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.pngGoldStar0.png 3B III 4 130 ft 5.4 miles Vxmapnx.png 31 May 2014 Smiley4.png Waterflow2.pngWetsuit0.pngDanger2.png
Big Falls (Southern California) San Bernardino Mountains GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar3.png 3A I 2 140 ft 1 miles Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 8 June 2014 Smiley4.png Waterflow3.pngWetsuit1.pngDanger2.png
Vivian Creek San Bernardino Mountains GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.png 3B II 5 180 ft 1.8 miles Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 13 April 2014 Smiley3.png
South Fork Tuolumne River (Flip Flop) Stanislaus National Forest GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.pngGoldStar0.png 3C II 1 105 ft 3 miles Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png
Tenmile Creek (Upper) Sierra National Forest GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.pngGoldStar0.png 3C III 4 170 ft 1.8 miles Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 14 June 2014 Smiley3.png Waterflow3.pngWetsuit3.pngDanger2.png
Muir Gorge (Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River) Yosemite National Park GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.png 2C VI R 0 0 ft 30 miles Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 8 July 2014 Smiley2.png Waterflow4.pngWetsuit2.pngDanger3.png
Jump Trip (Upper) Sierra National Forest GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.png 3C III R 3 70 ft 1.7 miles Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 12 July 2014 Smiley5.png Waterflow3.pngWetsuit4.pngDanger2.png
Dinkey Creek Sierra National Forest GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.png 3C V 9 165 ft 4.5 miles Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 5 October 2013 Smiley4.png Waterflow3.pngWetsuit3.pngDanger3.png
Jump Trip (Lower) Sierra National Forest GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.png 3C IV R 7 130 ft 3.6 miles Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 22 June 2014 Smiley5.png Waterflow3.pngWetsuit3.pngDanger2.png
Lower Chambers Creek (Sleep Disorder) Plumas National Forest GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.png 3C III 8 195 ft 2.5 miles Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 6 July 2014 Smiley3.png Waterflow3.pngWetsuit3.pngDanger2.png
South Branch Feather River (Log Ride) Plumas National Forest GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.png 3C III 12 130 ft 3.8 miles Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 5 July 2014 Smiley5.png Waterflow3.pngWetsuit3.pngDanger2.png
Canyon Creek (Opho) Tahoe National Forest GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar2.png 3C III R 20 110 ft 4.5 miles Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 4 July 2014 Smiley5.png Waterflow3.pngWetsuit3.pngDanger3.png
Rattlesnake Creek (Conda Coolero) Mendocino National Forest GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.pngGoldStar0.png 3C1 I 3 65 ft 1.8 miles Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png
Big Creek (Canyon of the Dammed) Sierra National Forest GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.png 3C III 13 195 ft 2.5 miles Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 26 May 2014 Smiley5.png Waterflow3.pngWetsuit3.pngDanger3.png
Yosemite Falls (Middle Earth) Yosemite National Park GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.png 3C IV R 6 200 ft 2.5 miles Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png
Water Canyon (Zion National Park) Zion National Park GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar3.pngGoldStar0.png 3B III 9 170 ft 4.3 miles Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 7 June 2014 Smiley3.png Waterflow2.pngWetsuit0.pngDanger2.png
Typhon Canyon (South Fork) Death Valley National Park GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.png 3A IV 18 185 ft 6.6 miles Vxmapnx.png
Trail Gulch Big Tujunga Region GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.pngGoldStar0.png 3A I 3 200 ft 3 miles Vxmapnx.png 18 April 2014 Smiley2.png Waterflow1.pngWetsuit0.png
Tongva Canyon San Gabriels Front Range GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.pngGoldStar0.png 3A II 1 320 ft 2.1 miles Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png
The Subway Zion West Side GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar2.png 3B III 4 50 ft 9.5 miles Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 29 June 2014 Smiley4.png Waterflow2.pngWetsuit0.pngDanger1.png
Tenaya Canyon Yosemite National Park GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.png 3B IV 4 70 ft 10 miles Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png
Tar Creek Ventura GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.png 3B III 2 200 ft 8.5 miles Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 9 March 2014 Smiley4.png Waterflow2.pngWetsuit3.png
Supercloud Canyon Red Box GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.pngGoldStar0.pngGoldStar0.png 3A III 6 95 ft 3 miles Vxmapnx.png 24 February 2014 Smiley3.png
Styx Canyon (South Fork) Death Valley National Park GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.png 4A IV 14 100 ft 6.3 miles Vxmapnx.png
Styx Canyon (North Fork) Death Valley National Park GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.png 3A IV 16 105 ft 5.9 miles Vxmapnx.png
Ritchie Canyon (Mildred Falls) San Diego GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.pngGoldStar0.png 3A II 2 250 ft 1.4 miles Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 10 May 2014 Smiley4.png Waterflow0.pngWetsuit0.pngDanger3.png
Rindge Gulch Santa Monica Mountains GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.pngGoldStar0.png 3A II 5 130 ft 1.1 miles Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png
Red Hollow Zion National Park GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.png 3A II 5 290 ft 2 miles Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 28 April 2012 Smiley5.png
Pipe Canyon Big Tujunga Region GoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.pngGoldStar0.pngGoldStar0.pngGoldStar0.png 3A II 1 60 ft 3.2 miles Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png
Peppermint Creek (Lower) Sequoia National Forest GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar2.pngGoldStar0.png 3B III 5 130 ft 3.9 miles Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 10 May 2014 Smiley4.png Waterflow3.pngWetsuit3.pngDanger2.png
Painted Canyon Mecca Hills GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.pngGoldStar0.png 2A II 0 0 ft 6.1 miles Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png
Napoleon Falls Big Tujunga Region GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.pngGoldStar0.pngGoldStar0.png 3A I 3 200 ft 1.2 miles Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png
May Canyon (Left Fork) Pacoima GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.pngGoldStar0.png 3A II 8 160 ft 3.8 miles Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png
Malibu Creek Loop Santa Monica Mountains GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.pngGoldStar0.png 2B II 0 0 ft 3.7 miles Vxmapnx.png
Lytle Creek (Middle Fork) Lytle Creek Area GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.png 3B III 5 105 ft 6.6 miles Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 15 June 2014 Smiley5.png
Little Santa Anita Canyon San Gabriels Front Range GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar1.png 3A III 10 50 ft 1.6 miles Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 18 July 2014 Smiley1.png Waterflow1.pngWetsuit0.pngDanger2.png
Little Fox Creek Big Tujunga Region GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.png 3A II 4 160 ft 7.5 miles Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png
Las Flores Canyon San Gabriels Front Range GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.pngGoldStar0.pngGoldStar0.png 3A II 3 30 ft 4.6 miles Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png
Kinneloa Canyon San Gabriels Front Range GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.pngGoldStar0.png 3A III 7 140 ft 6.1 miles Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png
Josephine Creek Big Tujunga Region GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar1.pngGoldStar0.png 3B II 3 180 ft 1.1 miles Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 7 July 2014 Smiley2.png Waterflow1.pngWetsuit0.pngDanger1.png
Insomnia Canyon Coconino National Forest GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.png 3B IV R 13 320 ft 6 miles Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 15 June 2014 Smiley0.png
Illusions Canyon Coconino National Forest GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.png 3B IV R 13 100 ft 6.3 miles Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 15 June 2014 Smiley0.png
Hidden Springs Canyon Big Tujunga Region GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.pngGoldStar0.png 2A I 0 0 ft 1.8 miles Vxmapnx.png
Great Falls of the Fox Big Tujunga Region GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.png 3B IV 8 100 ft 7.3 miles Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 11 June 2014 Smiley3.png Waterflow1.pngWetsuit1.pngDanger2.png
Fusier Canyon (Lower) Big Tujunga Region GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.pngGoldStar0.png 3A I 2 70 ft 1.9 miles Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png
… further results

Recently modified canyons

Canyons Region Quality Rating Rappels Longest Hike Info Conditions
Snake River (North Fork) (I-70 Mountains) I-70 Mountains GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.pngGoldStar0.png 3C3 I 1
Falls Creek (San Jauns) San Juan Mountains GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.pngGoldStar0.png 3C2 IV 2 220 ft
Upper Wolf Creek San Juan Mountains GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.png 3C3 III
Lower Wolf Creek San Juan Mountains GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.png 3C3 III
Weehawken San Juan Mountains GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.png 18 August 2012 Smiley5.png
Three Lakes Creek San Juan Mountains
Scoggin's Draw Dinosaur
Outlaw Canyon Dinosaur
Oak Canyon San Juan Mountains GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.png 3 July 2014 Smiley5.png
Corbett Creek San Juan Mountains GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.png 5 July 2014 Smiley5.png
Ivans Tail San Juan Mountains GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.pngGoldStar0.png 4 July 2014 Smiley5.png
Cascade Creek San Juan Mountains GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.png 21 July 2012 Smiley5.png
Buckwater Draw Dinosaur 12 May 2012 Smiley4.png
Bear Creek Canyon San Juan Mountains GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.png
Angel Creek San Juan Mountains GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.png 13 May 2012 Smiley5.png
… further results


Tools

Canyon mapper

RopeWiki hosts a tool that allows the user to plot the elevation profile of a canyon simply by ctrl-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

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. Go to www.caltopo.com and then you can:

  • Convert from GPX: click on 'Import', click on 'Choose File' and select the .gpx file. Once imported click on 'Export', then click on 'Download KML'
  • Create Waypoints: right click anywhere on map and choose 'New', then 'Marker'. Enter name, new coordinates if needed and then click 'Ok'
  • Create Tracks: right click anywhere on map and choose 'New' , then 'Line', fill up name, set thickness to 5, choose color and click 'Ok'
    • Drawing: Click=draw, ESC=undo, Shift Click=freehand, Double Click=End
    • Modifying: right click on an existing track, choose 'Modify' then choose 'Extend', 'Split', 'Join', 'Reverse' or 'Drag Vertices'
    • Dragging: move vertices around, delete the ones you don't want, when done right click on track and choose 'Save Changes'