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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 1182 canyons, with detailed information (ACA rating and rappel details) on 587 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
Suicide Canyon Big Tujunga Region 4* (3 ratings) 3A III 8 190 ft 2.2 miles 5.5 hr MP 18 Oct 2014  
Monkeyface Creek San Bernardino Mountains 4.3* (5 ratings) 3B III 10 200 ft 2.5 miles 6.5 hr MP 18 Oct 2014  
Canyon Creek (Opho) Tahoe National Forest 4.7* (10 ratings) 3C III R 20 110 ft 4.5 miles 7 hr MP 12 Oct 2014  
Motorcycle Canyon Lake Mead Natural Recreation Area 2.6* (2 ratings) 3A III 4 90 ft 6.8 miles 6 hr M 12 Oct 2014  
Davis Creek Canyon South Cascades 4.7* (3 ratings) 3C2 II 8 110 ft 0.8 miles 4.5 hr MP 12 Oct 2014  
Hidden Falls Canyon Red Rock Canyon 3* (3 ratings) 3A III 7 120 ft 5.9 miles 9 hr MP 11 Oct 2014  
Summit Creek Canyon South Cascades 4.2* (3 ratings) 3C II 6 120 ft 0.2 miles 4 hr MP 11 Oct 2014  
Three Canyon San Rafael Desert 4* (2 ratings) 3A III 2 50 ft 5 hr 6 Oct 2014  ‍‍
Angel Slot Angel Point 4.6* (6 ratings) 3A II 5 92 ft 2.3 miles 4 hr 5 Oct 2014  ‍‍
Baptist Draw Southern Swell 4.5* (15 ratings) 3B III 3 83 ft 5.5 hr 5 Oct 2014  ‍‍
High Spur Canyon High Spur 4.6* (8 ratings) 3B III 83 ft 6 hr 5 Oct 2014  ‍‍
Echo Canyon (Middle) Zion National Park 4.4* (22 ratings) 3B II 7 50 ft 4.7 miles 5 hr P 3 Oct 2014  ‍‍
Goblin's Lair Goblin Valley State Park 4.4* (8 ratings) 3A I 3 Oct 2014  ‍‍
Wallace River Canyon North Cascades 4.6* (2 ratings) 3C IV 12 130 ft 4.7 miles 9 hr MP 28 Sep 2014  ‍‍
Ladder Creek North Cascades 4.2* (2 ratings) 3C MP X Unexplored
Thornton Creek North Cascades 4.7* (3 ratings) 4C II 9 200 ft 0.5 miles MP 27 Sep 2014  
Woody Canyon Trachyte Area 4.7* (14 ratings) 4B II 3 30 ft 5.3 miles 5 hr 24 Sep 2014  ‍‍
The Squeeze San Rafael Swell 4.7* (13 ratings) 4B IV 99 ft 8.5 hr 23 Sep 2014  ‍‍
Kolob Canyon Zion West Side 4.4* (14 ratings) 3C V R 14 165 ft 7.8 miles 15 hr M 22 Sep 2014  ‍‍
Yankee Doodle Hollow Dixie National Forest 4.1* (26 ratings) 3B I 2 73 ft 1 miles 2.75 hr P 21 Sep 2014  ‍‍
Snow Creek Yosemite National Park 3.8* (3 ratings) 3C III 9 220 ft 8.5 hr MP 20 Sep 2014  
Duckett Slot Cedar Mesa 4.3* (8 ratings) 3B II 6 50 ft 2.1 miles 3.5 hr M 18 Sep 2014  ‍‍
Eardley Canyon (Lower) San Rafael Swell 4.2* (4 ratings) 3B IV 6 50 ft 6.5 hr M 17 Sep 2014  ‍‍
Good Day Jim Canyon Ticaboo Mesa 4.3* (6 ratings) 3B III R 5 66 ft 5.6 miles 6.5 hr M 16 Sep 2014  ‍‍
Maidenwater (Upper South Fork) Trachyte Area 4.6* (6 ratings) 3B II 1 73 ft 4 hr M 14 Sep 2014  ‍‍
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Canyons with good information

Canyons Region‍ Quality Rating Raps‍ Longest‍ Hike‍ Time‍ Info Conditions
Monkeyface Creek San Bernardino Mountains 4.3* (5 ratings) 3B III 10 200 ft 2.5 miles 6.5 hr MP 18 Oct 2014  
Thornton Creek North Cascades 4.7* (3 ratings) 4C II 9 200 ft 0.5 miles MP 27 Sep 2014  
Suicide Canyon Big Tujunga Region 4* (3 ratings) 3A III 8 190 ft 2.2 miles 5.5 hr MP 18 Oct 2014  
Davis Creek Canyon South Cascades 4.7* (3 ratings) 3C2 II 8 110 ft 0.8 miles 4.5 hr MP 12 Oct 2014  
Ape Cave Washington 3.7* (1 ratings) 2A II 0 0 ft 4 miles 3 hr MP
Summit Creek Canyon South Cascades 4.2* (3 ratings) 3C II 6 120 ft 0.2 miles 4 hr MP 11 Oct 2014  
Corbett Creek San Juan Mountains 4.5* (2 ratings) 3C1 III 12 220 ft 3 miles 8.25 hr MP 5 Jul 2014  ‍‍
Hastings Canyon San Gabriels Front Range 3.9* (3 ratings) 3A III 12 70 ft 3.5 miles 6.5 hr MP
Beacon Rock Columbia River Gorge 3.7* (1 ratings) 4A I 1 800 ft 1 miles 2 hr MP
Styx Canyon (North Fork) Death Valley National Park 4.6* (2 ratings) 3A IV 16 105 ft 5.9 miles 9 hr MP
Sandy Glacier Caves (Snow Dragon) Cascade Mountains 3.7* (1 ratings) 2A IV R 0 0 ft 10 miles 9 hr MP
Seven Teacups Sequoia National Forest 4.6* (9 ratings) 3C III 5 60 ft 5.1 miles 5.5 hr MP 27 Jul 2014  
Darwin Falls Death Valley National Park 4.3* (1 ratings) 3B II 3 110 ft 3.3 miles 4.5 hr M
Motorcycle Canyon Lake Mead Natural Recreation Area 2.6* (2 ratings) 3A III 4 90 ft 6.8 miles 6 hr M 12 Oct 2014  
Falls Creek South Cascades 4.3* (1 ratings) 3C II 3 160 ft 3.2 miles 4 hr M
Moffett Creek Columbia River Gorge 2.6* (2 ratings) 3C1 IV 11 160 ft 12.8 miles 12 hr MP 7 Aug 2014  
Bridal Veil Creek Columbia River Gorge 3.8* (5 ratings) 3C II 5 100 ft 1.3 miles 4 hr MP 11 Aug 2014  
Egypt 1.5 AKA Bobo Escalante 4* (2 ratings) 3B I 3 35 ft 1.1 miles 1.75 hr MP 27 Apr 2012  ‍‍
Mud Caves (Anza Borrego) San Diego 4.3* (1 ratings) 2A III R 0 0 ft 3 miles 6 hr MP
Wallace River Canyon North Cascades 4.6* (2 ratings) 3C IV 12 130 ft 4.7 miles 9 hr MP 28 Sep 2014  ‍‍
Little Santa Anita Canyon San Gabriels Front Range 4.3* (14 ratings) 3B III 10 50 ft 1.6 miles 4.5 hr MP 20 Aug 2014  ‍‍
Marble Fork Kaweah River (Chrysalis) Sequoia National Park 4.5* (2 ratings) 4C3 III R 10 140 ft 4 miles 7.5 hr MP
Mystery Canyon Zion East Side 4.4* (3 ratings) 3B III 13 135 ft 8 miles 7.25 hr MP
Josephine Creek Big Tujunga Region 3.3* (3 ratings) 3B II 2 170 ft 1.1 miles 2.5 hr MP 7 Jul 2014  
Great Falls of the Fox Big Tujunga Region 4.5* (5 ratings) 3B IV 8 100 ft 7.3 miles 10 hr MP 11 Jun 2014  
Lunada Canyon Southern California 3* (1 ratings) 3A I 5 40 ft 0.3 miles 1.5 hr MP
Lytle Creek (Middle Fork) Lytle Creek Area 4.3* (7 ratings) 3B III 5 105 ft 6.6 miles 7.5 hr MP 23 Aug 2014  
Supercloud Canyon Red Box 2.7* (3 ratings) 3A III 6 95 ft 3 miles 5 hr M 24 Feb 2014  ‍‍
Yosemite Falls (Middle Earth) Yosemite National Park 4.6* (2 ratings) 4C IV R 8 200 ft 2.5 miles 8.5 hr MP
Parkett Creek Cascade Mountains 4.7* (3 ratings) 3C II 6 150 ft 2 miles 5 hr MP 5 Aug 2014  
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Recently modified canyons

Canyons Region‍ Quality Rating Raps‍ Longest‍ Hike‍ Time‍ Info Conditions
Indian Ranch Canyon Death Valley National Park 0* (0 ratings) M
Monkeyface Creek San Bernardino Mountains 4.3* (5 ratings) 3B III 10 200 ft 2.5 miles 6.5 hr MP 18 Oct 2014  
Thornton Creek North Cascades 4.7* (3 ratings) 4C II 9 200 ft 0.5 miles MP 27 Sep 2014  
Suicide Canyon Big Tujunga Region 4* (3 ratings) 3A III 8 190 ft 2.2 miles 5.5 hr MP 18 Oct 2014  
Glen Creek New York 0* (0 ratings) 3C X Unexplored
Davis Creek Canyon South Cascades 4.7* (3 ratings) 3C2 II 8 110 ft 0.8 miles 4.5 hr MP 12 Oct 2014  
Ape Cave Washington 3.7* (1 ratings) 2A II 0 0 ft 4 miles 3 hr MP
Summit Creek Canyon South Cascades 4.2* (3 ratings) 3C II 6 120 ft 0.2 miles 4 hr MP 11 Oct 2014  
Oak Creek (Ouray) San Juan Mountains 3.7* (1 ratings) 3C2 III 18 170 ft P
Weehawken Creek San Juan Mountains 4.5* (2 ratings) 3C3 III 6 200 ft P 18 Aug 2012  ‍‍
Angel Creek San Juan Mountains 3.5* (2 ratings) 3C1 I 4 50 ft 3 hr P 13 May 2012  ‍‍
Portland Creek (Ivans Tail) San Juan Mountains 3.8* (5 ratings) 3C2 I 2 55 ft P 4 Jul 2014  ‍‍
Corbett Creek San Juan Mountains 4.5* (2 ratings) 3C1 III 12 220 ft 3 miles 8.25 hr MP 5 Jul 2014  ‍‍
Uncompahgre River (Upper) San Juan Mountains 4.3* (1 ratings) 3C3 III 6 100 ft 5.75 hr P
Cascade Creek San Juan Mountains 4.7* (3 ratings) 3C2 III 10 270 ft 10 hr P 21 Jul 2012  ‍‍
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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)