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 1137 canyons, with detailed information (ACA rating and rappel details) on 544 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 Raps‍ Longest‍ Hike‍ Time‍ Info Conditions
Stevenson Creek (Lower) Sierra National Forest 5* 4C IV R 12 200 ft 5.5 miles 8.5 hr MP 14 Sep 2014  
Pup Creek Oregon 4.5* 3C IV 8 275 ft 1.5 miles 12 hr MP 13 Sep 2014  ‍‍
Canyon Creek (Opho) Tahoe National Forest 4.8* 3C III R 20 110 ft 4.5 miles 7 hr MP 13 Sep 2014  
Jump Trip (Lower) Sierra National Forest 5* 3C IV R 7 130 ft 3.6 miles 10.5 hr MP 7 Sep 2014  
CCC Canyon Arroyo Seco region 2.5* 3B III 8 80 ft 2.9 miles 6 hr MP 7 Sep 2014  
Monmouth Canyon British Columbia 4.5* 3C III 11 150 ft 3.4 miles 9 hr MP 31 Aug 2014  
Dinkey Creek Sierra National Forest 4* 3C V 9 165 ft 4.5 miles 1.2 days MP 30 Aug 2014  
Box Canyon (British Columbia) British Columbia 5* 3C II 8 100 ft 1.9 miles 3.5 hr MP 30 Aug 2014  
Big Falls (Southern California) San Bernardino Mountains 4.7* 3C I 2 140 ft 1 miles 3 hr MP 27 Aug 2014  
Lytle Creek (Middle Fork) Lytle Creek Area 4* 3B III 5 105 ft 6.6 miles 7.5 hr MP 23 Aug 2014  
Telephone Canyon Zion National Park 2.5* 3A III 12 200 ft 9.6 miles 8 hr P 21 Aug 2014  ‍‍
Little Santa Anita Canyon San Gabriels Front Range 4.3* 3A III 10 50 ft 1.6 miles 4.5 hr MP 20 Aug 2014  ‍‍
Rindge Gulch Santa Monica Mountains 3* 3A II 5 130 ft 1.1 miles 3 hr MP 17 Aug 2014  
Duckett Slot Cedar Mesa 3B II 6 50 ft 2.1 miles 3.5 hr 16 Aug 2014  ‍‍
Bridal Veil Creek Columbia River Gorge 3.7* 3C II 5 100 ft 1.3 miles 4 hr MP 11 Aug 2014  
Oneonta Gorge Columbia River Gorge 4.7* 3C II 3 150 ft 4 hr MP 10 Aug 2014  
Latourell Creek Columbia River Gorge 4.7* 3C I 1 250 ft 0.5 miles 2.5 hr MP 10 Aug 2014  
Imlay Canyon (Full) Zion National Park 5* 4B V 46 170 ft 11.4 miles 20 hr P 9 Aug 2014  ‍‍
Kolob Canyon Zion West Side 3C V R 14 165 ft 7.8 miles 15 hr 9 Aug 2014  ‍‍
The Squeeze San Rafael Swell 4B IV 99 ft 8.5 hr 9 Aug 2014  ‍‍
Eagle Creek Canyon Columbia River Gorge 4.7* 3C III R 3 95 ft 7 miles 6.5 hr MP 9 Aug 2014  
Munra Creek Columbia River Gorge 3* 3B II 7 150 ft 3.3 miles 4 hr M 8 Aug 2014  
Moffett Creek Columbia River Gorge 2.5* 3C1 IV 11 160 ft 12.8 miles 12 hr MP 7 Aug 2014  
Abiqua Creek Oregon 4* 3C I 92 ft 1 miles MP 6 Aug 2014  
Parkett Creek Oregon 5* 3C IV 6 150 ft 2 miles 6.5 hr MP 5 Aug 2014  
… further results


Canyons with good information

Canyons Region‍ Quality‍ Rating Raps‍ Longest‍ Hike‍ Time‍ Info Conditions
Wallace River Canyon Washington 5* 3C IV 12 130 ft 4.7 miles 9 hr MP
Great Falls of the Fox Big Tujunga Region 4.8* 3B IV 8 100 ft 7.3 miles 10 hr MP 11 Jun 2014  
Wetterhorn Creek San Juan Mountains 4* 3C3 V 6 200 ft 9.3 miles 17 hr MP 26 Jul 2014  
Roostertail Creek San Juan Mountains 3* 3C1 IV 6 270 ft 6.6 miles 13 hr MP
Arrastra Creek San Juan Mountains 4* 3C1 II 5 200 ft 1.3 miles 6 hr MP
Canyon Creek (Opho) Tahoe National Forest 4.8* 3C III R 20 110 ft 4.5 miles 7 hr MP 13 Sep 2014  
Yosemite Falls (Middle Earth) Yosemite National Park 5* 3C IV R 6 200 ft 2.5 miles 9 hr MP
Salamander Canyon Orange County 3* 4B IV 5 160 ft 7 miles 10.5 hr MP 22 Mar 2014  
Thornton Creek Washington 4* 4C II 9 200 ft 0.5 miles MP
Granite Canyon Sierra National Forest 4.7* 4C IV 11 250 ft 5 miles 10.5 hr MP
Stevenson Creek (Lower) Sierra National Forest 5* 4C IV R 12 200 ft 5.5 miles 8.5 hr MP 14 Sep 2014  
Stevenson Creek (Middle) Sierra National Forest 4* 2B II 0 0 ft 2 miles 4.5 hr MP
Corbett Creek San Juan Mountains 5* 3C1 III 12 220 ft 3 miles 8.25 hr MP 5 Jul 2014  ‍‍
Moffett Creek Columbia River Gorge 2.5* 3C1 IV 11 160 ft 12.8 miles 12 hr MP 7 Aug 2014  
Pup Creek Oregon 4.5* 3C IV 8 275 ft 1.5 miles 12 hr MP 13 Sep 2014  ‍‍
Monmouth Canyon British Columbia 4.5* 3C III 11 150 ft 3.4 miles 9 hr MP 31 Aug 2014  
Egypt 1.5 AKA Bobo Escalante 4* 3B I 3 35 ft 1.1 miles 1.75 hr MP
Seven Teacups Sequoia National Forest 5* 3C III 5 60 ft 5.1 miles 5.5 hr MP 27 Jul 2014  
Bonita Canyon (Lytle Creek) Lytle Creek Area 4.5* 3A III 4 160 ft 1.7 miles 5.25 hr MP 7 May 2014  
Henline Creek Canyon Oregon 3* 3C III 10 90 ft 3.7 miles 7 hr MP 3 Aug 2014  
Latourell Creek Columbia River Gorge 4.7* 3C I 1 250 ft 0.5 miles 2.5 hr MP 10 Aug 2014  
Boulder Creek (Three Sisters) San Diego 5* 3B II 5 200 ft 3.1 miles 5 hr MP
Box Canyon (British Columbia) British Columbia 5* 3C II 8 100 ft 1.9 miles 3.5 hr MP 30 Aug 2014  
Egypt 2 Canyon Escalante 4* 3B III 2 280 ft 4.2 miles 6 hr MP 8 Jul 2014  ‍‍
Dinkey Creek Sierra National Forest 4* 3C V 9 165 ft 4.5 miles 1.2 days MP 30 Aug 2014  
CCC Canyon Arroyo Seco region 2.5* 3B III 8 80 ft 2.9 miles 6 hr MP 7 Sep 2014  
Jump Trip (Lower) Sierra National Forest 5* 3C IV R 7 130 ft 3.6 miles 10.5 hr MP 7 Sep 2014  
Lost Creek Oregon 5* 3C II 5 60 ft 1.1 miles 4.5 hr MP 4 Aug 2014  
Fall Creek Big Tujunga Region 3.5* 3B III 4 70 ft 4.6 miles 5 hr MP 4 May 2014  ‍‍
Shillelagh Dual (1 Trip - 2 Forks) North Wash 3* 3A II 4 120 ft 3.6 miles 5 hr MP
… further results

Recently modified canyons

Canyons Region‍ Quality‍ Rating Raps‍ Longest‍ Hike‍ Time‍ Info Conditions
Tanner Creek Columbia River Gorge 3C1 4 M X Unexplored
Mosquito Creek British Columbia 3C III 10 66 ft
Wallace River Canyon Washington 5* 3C IV 12 130 ft 4.7 miles 9 hr MP
Great Falls of the Fox Big Tujunga Region 4.8* 3B IV 8 100 ft 7.3 miles 10 hr MP 11 Jun 2014  
Wetterhorn Creek San Juan Mountains 4* 3C3 V 6 200 ft 9.3 miles 17 hr MP 26 Jul 2014  
Roostertail Creek San Juan Mountains 3* 3C1 IV 6 270 ft 6.6 miles 13 hr MP
Porcupine Creek San Juan Mountains 3* 3C2 III 5 100 ft 6.5 hr MP 5 Jul 2014  
Ice Lake Creek San Juan Mountains 4* 3C2 III 11 100 ft 10 hr P
Arrastra Creek San Juan Mountains 4* 3C1 II 5 200 ft 1.3 miles 6 hr MP
Crater Creek San Juan Mountains 4* 3C1 III 6 135 ft MP
Canyon Creek (Opho) Tahoe National Forest 4.8* 3C III R 20 110 ft 4.5 miles 7 hr MP 13 Sep 2014  
Three Lakes Creek San Juan Mountains 3* 3C1 III 6 150 ft 9 hr MP
Trout Creek British Columbia
Huberts Creek British Columbia
Weaver Creek British Columbia
… further results


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)