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 1112 canyons, with detailed information (ACA rating and rappel details) on 525 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 
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 0* 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 5* 3C I 1 225 ft 3 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 0* 3C V R 14 165 ft 7.8 miles 15 hr 9 Aug 2014
The Squeeze San Rafael Swell 0* 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* 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
Lost Creek Oregon 5* 3C II 5 60 ft 1.1 miles 4.5 hr MP 4 Aug 2014
Tenmile Creek (Upper) Sierra National Forest 3* 3C III 4 170 ft 1.8 miles 6 hr MP 3 Aug 2014
Henline Creek Canyon Oregon 3* 3C III 10 90 ft 3.7 miles 7 hr MP 3 Aug 2014
Yankee Doodle Hollow Dixie National Forest 3* 3B I 2 73 ft 1 miles 2.75 hr P 1 Aug 2014
Red Hollow Zion National Park 4* 3A II 5 290 ft 2 miles 4.5 hr MP 1 Aug 2014
Eaton Canyon San Gabriels Front Range 4.6* 3B IV 7 80 ft 7.5 miles 7 hr MP 31 Jul 2014
Seven Teacups Sequoia National Forest 5* 3C III 5 60 ft 5.1 miles 5.5 hr MP 27 Jul 2014
Great White Icicle Wasatch Front 0* 3C II 4.5 hr 26 Jul 2014
… further results

Canyons with good information

Canyons Region  Quality  Rating  Raps  Longest  Hike  Time  Info  Conditions 
Great Falls of the Fox Big Tujunga Region 5* 3B IV 8 100 ft 7.3 miles 10 hr MP 11 Jun 2014
Classic Canyon Big Tujunga Region 3* 3A II 3 140 ft 3.3 miles 3.5 hr M 4 May 2014
Marble Fork Kaweah River (Chrysalis) Sequoia National Park 5* 4C3 III R 10 140 ft 4 miles 7.5 hr MP 17 Jul 2014
Leavitt Falls (I.W.M.M.) Stanislaus National Forest 5* 4C II R 4 115 ft 2 miles 4 hr MP
Big Falls (Southern California) San Bernardino Mountains 4.7* 3C I 2 140 ft 1 miles 3 hr MP 27 Aug 2014
South Branch Feather River (Log Ride) Plumas National Forest 5* 3C III 12 130 ft 3.8 miles 7.5 hr MP 5 Jul 2014
Pittman Creek (Another Dam Canyon) Sierra National Forest 4* 3C II 8 125 ft 1.7 miles 4.5 hr MP
Stack Creek (East) Oregon 3* 3B III 4 130 ft 5.4 miles 12 hr M 31 May 2014
Quartzville Creek Oregon 3* 3C II 3 20 ft 1.8 miles 3.5 hr M
Opal Creek (Upper Section) Oregon 3* 3C IV 5 150 ft 7.9 miles M
Shillelagh Dual (1 Trip - 2 Forks) North Wash 3* 3A II 4 120 ft 3.6 miles 5 hr MP
Das Pfeife Canyon Big Tujunga Region 3* 3A II 2 110 ft 2 miles 3.25 hr MP
Dark Side Canyon Arroyo Seco region 3* 3A I 5 140 ft 3 miles 3 hr MP
Suicide Canyon Big Tujunga Region 4.5* 3A III 8 190 ft 2.2 miles 5.5 hr MP
Fantastic Mr. Fox Canyon Big Tujunga Region 3* 3A IV 6 185 ft 7.9 miles 11 hr MP
Rindge Gulch Santa Monica Mountains 3* 3A II 5 130 ft 1.1 miles 3 hr MP 17 Aug 2014
Monkeyface (Lower) San Bernardino Mountains 4* 3B III 10 200 ft 2.5 miles 6.5 hr MP 8 Jun 2014
Egypt 2 Canyon Escalante 4.5* 3B III 2 280 ft 4.2 miles 6 hr MP 8 Jul 2014
Fall Creek Big Tujunga Region 3.5* 3B III 4 70 ft 4.6 miles 5 hr MP 4 May 2014
Napoleon Falls Big Tujunga Region 2.5* 3A I 3 200 ft 1.2 miles 3 hr MP
Alimony Creek Big Tujunga Region 2.5* 3B II 3 90 ft 2.4 miles 5 hr MP
Helion Creek Oregon 4* 3B III 4 110 ft 2.4 miles MP
Eaton Canyon San Gabriels Front Range 4.6* 3B IV 7 80 ft 7.5 miles 7 hr MP 31 Jul 2014
Lower Chambers Creek (Sleep Disorder) Plumas National Forest 4* 3C III 8 195 ft 2.5 miles 6 hr MP 6 Jul 2014
Red Hollow Zion National Park 4* 3A II 5 290 ft 2 miles 4.5 hr MP 1 Aug 2014
Pup Creek Oregon 4.5* 3C IV 8 275 ft 1.5 miles 12 hr MP 21 Jul 2014
Seven Teacups Sequoia National Forest 5* 3C III 5 60 ft 5.1 miles 5.5 hr MP 27 Jul 2014
Eagle Creek Canyon Columbia River Gorge 4.7* 3C III R 3 95 ft 7 miles 6.5 hr MP 9 Aug 2014
Bridal Veil Creek Columbia River Gorge 3.7* 3C II 5 100 ft 1.3 miles 4 hr MP 11 Aug 2014
Jump Trip (Upper) Sierra National Forest 5* 3C III R 3 70 ft 1.7 miles 7.5 hr MP 12 Jul 2014
… further results

Recently modified canyons

Canyons Region  Quality  Rating  Raps  Longest  Hike  Time  Info  Conditions 
Heaps Canyon (North Fork) (Gunsight) Zion National Park 4* 4B V 280 ft MP
Great Falls of the Fox Big Tujunga Region 5* 3B IV 8 100 ft 7.3 miles 10 hr MP 11 Jun 2014
Monmouth Canyon British Columbia 5* 3C III 11 150 ft 9 hr
Box Canyon (British Columbia) British Columbia 5* 3C II 8 100 ft 3.5 hr
Classic Canyon Big Tujunga Region 3* 3A II 3 140 ft 3.3 miles 3.5 hr M 4 May 2014
Marble Fork Kaweah River (Chrysalis) Sequoia National Park 5* 4C3 III R 10 140 ft 4 miles 7.5 hr MP 17 Jul 2014
Leavitt Falls (I.W.M.M.) Stanislaus National Forest 5* 4C II R 4 115 ft 2 miles 4 hr MP
Roostertail Creek San Juan Mountains 3* 3C1 IV 6 270 ft P
Big Falls (Southern California) San Bernardino Mountains 4.7* 3C I 2 140 ft 1 miles 3 hr MP 27 Aug 2014
Stevenson Creek (Middle) Sierra National Forest 4* 2B II 0 0 ft 2 miles 4.5 hr P
Isaac Canyon Zion National Park 3* 4B V 280 ft 14 hr M
South Branch Feather River (Log Ride) Plumas National Forest 5* 3C III 12 130 ft 3.8 miles 7.5 hr MP 5 Jul 2014
Mission Canyon Santa Barbara 0* 4 miles M X Unexplored
Cold Spring Canyon Santa Barbara 0* 1 150 ft 2.7 miles M X Unexplored
Pittman Creek (Another Dam Canyon) Sierra National Forest 4* 3C II 8 125 ft 1.7 miles 4.5 hr MP
… 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)