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.

Finding Beta

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This site is currently documenting 1477 locations, with detailed information (ACA rating and rappel details) on 792 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
Dalles Creek South Cascades 3* (1 ratings) 3C II 3 150 ft 5h MKP2
17 May 2015  ‍‍
Camp Creek Columbia River Gorge 3.4* (3 ratings) 3C II 4 35 ft 4 miles 4h - 5h MK
10 May 2015  ‍‍
Seven Teacups Sequoia National Forest 4.6* (13 ratings) 3C III 5 60 ft 5.1 miles 4h - 7h MKP2
9 May 2015  
Henline Creek Canyon Cascade Mountains 3.8* (5 ratings) 3C III 10 90 ft 3.7 miles 6h - 8h MKP
9 May 2015  
Sardine Creek Cascade Mountains 3.9* (4 ratings) 3C II R 6 90 ft 2.5 miles 4h - 5h MKP4
9 May 2015  
Dry Creek Columbia River Gorge 4.6* (3 ratings) 3C III 5 6h MKP
3 May 2015  
Fall Creek Big Tujunga Region 3.6* (11 ratings) 3B III 4 70 ft 4.6 miles 4h - 6h MKP2 2 May 2015  
Dog Creek Columbia River Gorge 3.7* (3 ratings) 3C III 11 100 ft 3.5 miles 8h MKP
2 May 2015  
Warren Creek Columbia River Gorge 3.5* (4 ratings) 3C II 3 140 ft 1.7 miles 3h - 4h MKP2
1 May 2015  
Eaton Canyon San Gabriels Front Range 4.5* (18 ratings) 3B IV 7 80 ft 7.5 miles 6h - 8h MKP2 12 Apr 2015  
Munra Creek Columbia River Gorge 3.8* (5 ratings) 3B II 7 150 ft 3.3 miles 4h MKP
29 Mar 2015  
Benign Canyon Robbers Roost 3.8* (4 ratings) 3A II PG 3 60 ft 2.7 miles 4h P4
29 Mar 2015  
San Jacinto River (North Fork) San Jacinto Mountains 4.8* (7 ratings) 3B II 8 100 ft 2.5 miles 3h - 6h MKP4
29 Mar 2015  
Mist Falls Columbia River Gorge 4.2* (3 ratings) 3B II R 2 300 ft 3 miles 4h - 6h MKP2
28 Mar 2015  
Portal Canyon Virgin River Gorge 4.7* (8 ratings) 3A IV 12 175 ft 4.4 miles 9h - 13h MKP2
21 Mar 2015  
Angel Cove (South Fork) Angel Point 3.7* (2 ratings) 3A II 6 83 ft 2.2 miles 5h P4 15 Mar 2015  
Silver on the Side Big Tujunga Region 3.8* (2 ratings) 3A IV 11 180 ft 8.1 miles 8.5h MKP2 7 Mar 2015  
Pasadena Glen San Gabriels Front Range 3* (3 ratings) 3B III 12 90 ft 6 miles 7h - 9h MKP2 4 Mar 2015  
Stone Plus One Big Tujunga Region 3.9* (10 ratings) 3A III 17 136 ft 3.6 miles 5h - 8h MKP2 1 Mar 2015  
Mouse Trap Canyon San Jacinto Mountains 3.5* (3 ratings) 4A I 9 150 ft 2.8 miles 4h - 6h MKP2
28 Feb 2015  
Monkeyface Creek San Bernardino Mountains 4.7* (12 ratings) 3B III 10 200 ft 2.5 miles 5h - 8h MKP2
28 Feb 2015  
Cabin Creek Columbia River Gorge 3.5* (3 ratings) 3C I 3 150 ft 1 miles 2h - 3h MKP2
27 Feb 2015  
Pit of Despair Canyon Princess Bride Range 4.8* (6 ratings) 4B III 8 200 ft 5.9 miles 6h - 8h MKP2
21 Feb 2015  
Cerberus Canyon (North Fork) Black Mountains North 4.2* (4 ratings) 4A IV 27 270 ft 3.8 miles 10h - 12h MK2
15 Feb 2015  
Inconceivable Canyon Princess Bride Range 4.6* (6 ratings) 4A III 7 285 ft 6.6 miles 7h - 9h MKP2
15 Feb 2015  
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Locations with good information
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Location Region‍ Quality Rating Length‍ Depth‍ Raps‍ Longest‍ Hike‍ Time‍ Info Conditions
Green Mountain Canyon Lytle Creek Area 4.3* (1 ratings) 3A III 5 180 ft 1.8 miles 6h MKP4
Freeman Creek Sequoia National Forest 3.8* (2 ratings) 3B III 3 100 ft 2 miles 5h - 8h MKP2
Needlerock Creek (Lower) Sequoia National Forest 2.3* (1 ratings) 3A II 3 100 ft 1.6 miles 3h - 4h MKP2
Helion Creek Cascade Mountains 4.2* (2 ratings) 3B III 4 110 ft 2.4 miles MKP
Cabin Creek Columbia River Gorge 3.5* (3 ratings) 3C I 3 150 ft 1 miles 2h - 3h MKP2
27 Feb 2015  
Salmon Creek Falls (Sequoia National Forest) Sequoia National Forest 3.8* (2 ratings) 4C IV R 9 230 ft 4.7 miles 12h - 14h MKP
Dog Creek Columbia River Gorge 3.7* (3 ratings) 3C III 11 100 ft 3.5 miles 8h MKP
2 May 2015  
Warren Creek Columbia River Gorge 3.5* (4 ratings) 3C II 3 140 ft 1.7 miles 3h - 4h MKP2
1 May 2015  
Predator Canyon Funeral Mountains 3.7* (1 ratings) 3A III 10 150 ft 6 miles MKP
Chorreadero Chiapas 4.7* (2 ratings) River Cave 3C IV 13 60 ft 3.1 miles 4h - 12h MKP2
Camp Creek Columbia River Gorge 3.4* (3 ratings) 3C II 4 35 ft 4 miles 4h - 5h MK
10 May 2015  ‍‍
Sardine Creek Cascade Mountains 3.9* (4 ratings) 3C II R 6 90 ft 2.5 miles 4h - 5h MKP4
9 May 2015  
Duncan Creek Columbia River Gorge 3* (1 ratings) 3B III 6 50 ft 2 miles 6h - 8h MK
Stack Creek (East) Cascade Mountains 3.1* (2 ratings) 3B IV 4 130 ft 5.4 miles 12h MK2 31 May 2014  
Henline Creek Canyon Cascade Mountains 3.8* (5 ratings) 3C III 10 90 ft 3.7 miles 6h - 8h MKP
9 May 2015  
Peppermint Creek (Lower) Sequoia National Forest 3.3* (4 ratings) 3B III 5 130 ft 3.9 miles 6h - 9h MKP
10 May 2014  
Sotano del Arroyo San Luis Potosi 4.3* (1 ratings) Cave 3B III R 23622 ft 436 ft 6 100 ft 0.3 miles 8h - 10h MK2
San Jacinto River (North Fork) San Jacinto Mountains 4.8* (7 ratings) 3B II 8 100 ft 2.5 miles 3h - 6h MKP4
29 Mar 2015  
Hoya de las Guaguas San Luis Potosi 4.3* (1 ratings) Pit 4A II 0 ft 1529 ft 2 457 ft 0.6 miles 3h - 6h MKP2
Hoya de la Luz San Luis Potosi 4.3* (1 ratings) Pit 4A IV 0 ft 617 ft 1 617 ft 2.2 miles 6h - 9h MKP2
Monarch Canyon Funeral Mountains 3* (2 ratings) 3A II 4 100 ft 4.6 miles 4h MKP2
Sotano de Cepillo San Luis Potosi 3.7* (1 ratings) Pit 4A II 0 ft 420 ft 1 420 ft 0.3 miles 3h - 5h MKP2
Cueva de Oxtalja San Luis Potosi 3.7* (1 ratings) Cave 3B II 3202 ft 643 ft 5 70 ft 0.5 miles 4h - 6h MKP2
Horny Toad Canyon Funeral Mountains 3.7* (1 ratings) 3A IV 10 240 ft 9.6 miles MKP4
Sotano de las Golondrinas San Luis Potosi 4.3* (1 ratings) Pit 4A IV 0 ft 1214 ft 1 1214 ft 0.2 miles 2h - 10h MKP2
Bonita Canyon (Lytle Creek) Lytle Creek Area 4.6* (6 ratings) 3A III 4 160 ft 1.7 miles 4.5h - 6h MKP 7 May 2014  
Arrastra Creek San Juan Mountains 3.8* (2 ratings) 3C1 II 5 200 ft 1.3 miles 5h - 7h MKP4
Corridor Canyon Death Valley National Park 2.3* (1 ratings) 2A IV 1 30 ft 15 miles MKP
Water Canyon (Zion National Park) Zion National Park 3.9* (17 ratings) 3B III 9 170 ft 4.3 miles 6h - 11h MKP2 22 Oct 2014  ‍‍
Rose Valley Falls Southern California 4.2* (2 ratings) 3B III 2 250 ft 4.2 miles 6h MK2
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Recently modified locations

Location Region‍ Quality Rating Length‍ Depth‍ Raps‍ Longest‍ Hike‍ Time‍ Info Conditions
Green Mountain Canyon Lytle Creek Area 4.3* (1 ratings) 3A III 5 180 ft 1.8 miles 6h MKP4
Freeman Creek Sequoia National Forest 3.8* (2 ratings) 3B III 3 100 ft 2 miles 5h - 8h MKP2
Needlerock Creek (Lower) Sequoia National Forest 2.3* (1 ratings) 3A II 3 100 ft 1.6 miles 3h - 4h MKP2
Helion Creek Cascade Mountains 4.2* (2 ratings) 3B III 4 110 ft 2.4 miles MKP
South Fork Clackamas River Cascade Mountains 3* (2 ratings) 3C II 4 60 ft MK
Cabin Creek Columbia River Gorge 3.5* (3 ratings) 3C I 3 150 ft 1 miles 2h - 3h MKP2
27 Feb 2015  
X Cañón Guayaberas Location 3.7* (1 ratings) 3B III 12 121 ft 3.7 miles 8h - 10h X2
Salmon Creek Falls (Sequoia National Forest) Sequoia National Forest 3.8* (2 ratings) 4C IV R 9 230 ft 4.7 miles 12h - 14h MKP
Dog Creek Columbia River Gorge 3.7* (3 ratings) 3C III 11 100 ft 3.5 miles 8h MKP
2 May 2015  
Dry Creek Columbia River Gorge 4.6* (3 ratings) 3C III 5 6h MKP
3 May 2015  
Dalles Creek South Cascades 3* (1 ratings) 3C II 3 150 ft 5h MKP2
17 May 2015  ‍‍
Knotted Rope Canyon San Rafael Swell 4.3* (13 ratings) 3B III 0 4h - 7h P 11 Jun 2014  ‍‍
Lewis River South Cascades 0* (0 ratings)
Snoqualmie River (South Fork) Alpine Lakes 3.7* (2 ratings) 3C III 3 200 ft 6h - 7h P2
4 Aug 2013  
Snoqualmie River (North Fork) Alpine Lakes 3* (1 ratings) 2B 0 0 ft
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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)