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 1514 locations, with detailed information (ACA rating and rappel details) on 830 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
Seven Teacups Sequoia National Forest 4.7* (17 ratings) 3C III 5 60 ft 5.1 miles 4h - 7h MKP2
25 Jul 2015  
Monkeyface Creek San Bernardino Mountains 4.8* (13 ratings) 3B III 10 200 ft 2.5 miles 5h - 8h MKP2
25 Jul 2015  
Stevenson Creek (Lower) Sierra National Forest 5* (8 ratings) 4C IV R 12 200 ft 5.5 miles 7h - 10h MKP22c
25 Jul 2015  
Lookout Point (East Fork Kaweah) California Sierras 3* (2 ratings) 2C III R 0 30 ft 4 miles 4h - 7h P22c
25 Jul 2015  
Kaiser Creek Sierra National Forest 4* (3 ratings) 4C IV 10 180 ft 3 miles 8h - 12h MKP22c
24 Jul 2015  
Imlay Canyon (Sneak Route) Zion National Park 4.8* (13 ratings) 4B IV R 20 120 ft 9.1 miles 9h - 18h P2 24 Jul 2015  
Little Santa Anita Canyon San Gabriels Front Range 4.1* (23 ratings) 3B III 10 50 ft 1.6 miles 3h - 6h MKP2 20 Jul 2015  
Summit Creek Canyon South Cascades 4.3* (5 ratings) 3C II 6 120 ft 0.2 miles 2h - 6h MKP2
19 Jul 2015  
Unicorn Creek Canyon Mount Rainier National Park 4* (3 ratings) 3C III 7 150 ft 2.6 miles MKP22c
18 Jul 2015  
Eagle Creek Canyon Columbia River Gorge 4.8* (7 ratings) 3C III R 3 95 ft 7 miles 5h - 8h MKP 17 Jul 2015  
Lost Creek (British Columbia) Mission 4* (2 ratings) 3C I 33 ft 1.2 miles 1h - 2h MKP2
9 Jul 2015  
Terepocki Creek Mission 4.8* (2 ratings) 3C II 4 80 ft 1.4 miles 3h - 4h MKP2
9 Jul 2015  
Dark Side Canyon Arroyo Seco region 3* (3 ratings) 3A I 5 140 ft 3 miles 2h - 4h MKP2 8 Jul 2015  
Norrish Creek Canyon Mission 3.8* (2 ratings) 2C II 0 0 ft 3.7 miles 4h - 7h MKP22c 8 Jul 2015  
Monmouth Canyon Squamish 4.5* (4 ratings) 3C III 11 150 ft 3.4 miles 8h - 10h MKP2
6 Jul 2015  
Lower East Fork of the Kaweah Sequoia National Park 3.7* (4 ratings) 2C II PG 1 30 ft 1.5 miles 2h - 4h MKP22c
5 Jul 2015  
Box Canyon (British Columbia) Squamish 5* (5 ratings) 3C II 8 100 ft 1.9 miles 3h - 4h MKP2
5 Jul 2015  
Heaps Canyon Zion National Park 4.8* (25 ratings) 4B V R 25 290 ft 10.5 miles 12h - 2 days MKP2 4 Jul 2015  
Cypress Creek Vancouver 4.4* (3 ratings) 3C II 3 98 ft 0.7 miles 3.5h MKP
4 Jul 2015  
Britannia Creek Squamish 4.6* (3 ratings) 3C II 7 82 ft 0.1 miles 4h - 6h MKP2c
4 Jul 2015  
Goldie Creek Vancouver 3* (1 ratings) 3C III 12 100 ft 6h MKP2
3 Jul 2015  
Deeks Creek Squamish 4* (3 ratings) 3C II 6 82 ft 3h - 5h MKP2 2 Jul 2015  
Gorge Creek Canyon North Cascades 4.8* (2 ratings) 3C3 II R 5 160 ft 4h - 6h MKP 1 Jul 2015  Great  Significant flow (class C) Full wetsuit Advanced
Thornton Creek North Cascades 5* (4 ratings) 4C II 9 200 ft 0.5 miles 8h MKP2
30 Jun 2015  
Ladder Creek North Cascades 4.5* (2 ratings) 3C MKP2 30 Jun 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
Rockets Red Glare Gulch Big Tujunga Region 3* (1 ratings) 3B II R 4 220 ft 2.5 miles 4h - 6h MKP22c
San Jacinto River (North Fork) San Jacinto Mountains 5* (7 ratings) 3B II 8 100 ft 2.5 miles 3h - 6h MKP42c
29 Mar 2015  
Yosemite Falls (Middle Earth) Yosemite National Park 5* (2 ratings) 4C IV R 8 200 ft 2.5 miles 6h - 11h MKP
Arapaho Creek (Front Range) Colorado Front Range 3* (1 ratings) 3C2 III 3 65 ft 1 miles 1.5h - 4h MKP2
East Fork of the Kaweah (Oak Grove) Sequoia National Park 4* (1 ratings) 3C III 1 60 ft 4 miles 7h - 10h MKP22c
Weehawken Creek San Juan Mountains 5* (2 ratings) 3C3 III 6 200 ft 2 miles 7h - 10h MKP2
18 Aug 2012  ‍‍
Uncompahgre River (Upper) San Juan Mountains 5* (1 ratings) 3C3 III 6 100 ft 1.2 miles 4.5h - 7h MKP2
Terepocki Creek Mission 4.8* (2 ratings) 3C II 4 80 ft 1.4 miles 3h - 4h MKP2
9 Jul 2015  
Norrish Creek Canyon Mission 3.8* (2 ratings) 2C II 0 0 ft 3.7 miles 4h - 7h MKP22c 8 Jul 2015  
Eagle Creek Canyon Columbia River Gorge 4.8* (7 ratings) 3C III R 3 95 ft 7 miles 5h - 8h MKP 17 Jul 2015  
Unicorn Creek Canyon Mount Rainier National Park 4* (3 ratings) 3C III 7 150 ft 2.6 miles MKP22c
18 Jul 2015  
Summit Creek Canyon South Cascades 4.3* (5 ratings) 3C II 6 120 ft 0.2 miles 2h - 6h MKP2
19 Jul 2015  
North Fork of the Kaweah (Lower) Sequoia National Park 4* (3 ratings) 3C III 5 110 ft 10 miles 7h - 11h MKP22c
31 May 2015  
Jump Trip (Lower) Sierra National Forest 5* (11 ratings) 3C IV R 7 130 ft 3.6 miles 8h - 13h MKP22c
27 Jun 2015  
Canyon Creek (Opho) Tahoe National Forest 4.8* (10 ratings) 3C III R 20 110 ft 4.5 miles 5h - 9h MKP2
12 Oct 2014  
Wallace River Canyon North Cascades 5* (3 ratings) 3C IV 12 130 ft 4.7 miles 8h - 10h MKP2 29 Jun 2015  
Sotano del Arroyo San Luis Potosi 5* (1 ratings) Cave 3B III R 23622 ft 436 ft 6 100 ft 0.3 miles 8h - 10h MK2
Sespe Gorge Southern California 5* (1 ratings) 2B VI 0 0 ft 21 miles 18h MKP2
San Diego River Gorge San Diego 3* (2 ratings) 3A II 4 100 ft 5 miles 3h - 6h MKP2
20 Dec 2014  
Cañón Guayaberas Jalisco 4* (1 ratings) 3B III 12 121 ft 3.7 miles 8h - 10h MKP22c
Kaiser Creek Sierra National Forest 4* (3 ratings) 4C IV 10 180 ft 3 miles 8h - 12h MKP22c
24 Jul 2015  
Salmon Creek Falls (Sequoia National Forest) Sequoia National Forest 4* (2 ratings) 4C IV R 9 230 ft 4.7 miles 12h - 14h MKP
Parkett Creek Cascade Mountains 5* (4 ratings) 3C II 6 150 ft 2 miles 4h - 6h MKP
14 Jun 2015  
Monmouth Canyon Squamish 4.5* (4 ratings) 3C III 11 150 ft 3.4 miles 8h - 10h MKP2
6 Jul 2015  
Britannia Creek Squamish 4.6* (3 ratings) 3C II 7 82 ft 0.1 miles 4h - 6h MKP2c
4 Jul 2015  
Box Canyon (British Columbia) Squamish 5* (5 ratings) 3C II 8 100 ft 1.9 miles 3h - 4h MKP2
5 Jul 2015  
Stevenson Creek (Lower) Sierra National Forest 5* (8 ratings) 4C IV R 12 200 ft 5.5 miles 7h - 10h MKP22c
25 Jul 2015  
Freeman Creek Sequoia National Forest 4* (2 ratings) 3B III 3 100 ft 2 miles 5h - 8h MKP2
Arrastra Creek San Juan Mountains 4* (2 ratings) 3C1 II 5 200 ft 1.3 miles 5h - 7h MKP4
Camp Creek Columbia River Gorge 3.3* (4 ratings) 3C II 4 35 ft 4 miles 4h - 5h MKP
10 May 2015  ‍‍
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Recently modified locations

Location Region‍ Quality Rating Length‍ Depth‍ Raps‍ Longest‍ Hike‍ Time‍ Info Conditions
Imlay Canyon (Sneak Route) Zion National Park 4.8* (13 ratings) 4B IV R 20 120 ft 9.1 miles 9h - 18h P2 24 Jul 2015  
Rockets Red Glare Gulch Big Tujunga Region 3* (1 ratings) 3B II R 4 220 ft 2.5 miles 4h - 6h MKP22c
San Jacinto River (North Fork) San Jacinto Mountains 5* (7 ratings) 3B II 8 100 ft 2.5 miles 3h - 6h MKP42c
29 Mar 2015  
Yosemite Falls (Middle Earth) Yosemite National Park 5* (2 ratings) 4C IV R 8 200 ft 2.5 miles 6h - 11h MKP
Arapaho Creek (Front Range) Colorado Front Range 3* (1 ratings) 3C2 III 3 65 ft 1 miles 1.5h - 4h MKP2
East Fork of the Kaweah (Oak Grove) Sequoia National Park 4* (1 ratings) 3C III 1 60 ft 4 miles 7h - 10h MKP22c
Lookout Point (East Fork Kaweah) California Sierras 3* (2 ratings) 2C III R 0 30 ft 4 miles 4h - 7h P22c
25 Jul 2015  
Parunuweap Canyon Zion National Park 5* (3 ratings) 2C IV 0 0 ft 18.5 miles 10h - 3 days P22c 25 May 2013  ‍‍
Goldie Creek Vancouver 3* (1 ratings) 3C III 12 100 ft 6h MKP2
3 Jul 2015  
Trout Creek Vancouver 4* (1 ratings) 3C 7 394 ft 5h - 6h MK
Weehawken Creek San Juan Mountains 5* (2 ratings) 3C3 III 6 200 ft 2 miles 7h - 10h MKP2
18 Aug 2012  ‍‍
Uncompahgre River (Upper) San Juan Mountains 5* (1 ratings) 3C3 III 6 100 ft 1.2 miles 4.5h - 7h MKP2
Ice Lake Creek San Juan Mountains 4* (1 ratings) 3C2 III 12 100 ft 8h - 12h MKP2
Cascade Creek off 550 (Durango Waterpark) San Juan Mountains 0* (0 ratings) 2C3 I 0 0 ft MKP2
X Unexplored
Woodchuck Creek (San Juans) San Juan Mountains 0* (0 ratings) 3C II MKP2
X Unexplored
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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)