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 1527 locations, with detailed information (ACA rating and rappel details) on 840 locations.

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.

Locations with recent condition reports
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Location Region‍ Quality Rating Raps‍ Longest‍ Hike‍ Time‍ Info Conditions
Suicide Canyon Big Tujunga Region 4.1* (8 ratings) 3A III 8 190 ft 2.2 miles 4.5h - 8h MKP2 23 Aug 2015  
Henline Creek Canyon Cascade Mountains 3.7* (7 ratings) 3C III 10 90 ft 3.7 miles 6h - 8h MKP
23 Aug 2015  
Jump Trip (Lower) Sierra National Forest 5* (15 ratings) 3C IV R 7 130 ft 3.6 miles 8h - 13h MKP22c
16 Aug 2015  
Cascade Creek San Juan Mountains 5* (5 ratings) 3C2 III 10 270 ft 3 miles 8h - 12h MKP22c
13 Aug 2015  
Clear Creek (San Juans) San Juan Mountains 3.9* (3 ratings) 3C1 III 9 200 ft 1.5 miles 8h MKP42c
11 Aug 2015  
Weehawken Creek San Juan Mountains 5* (5 ratings) 3C3 III R 10 115 ft 3.3 miles 6h - 10h MKP2
10 Aug 2015  
Eaton Canyon San Gabriels Front Range 4.5* (20 ratings) 3B IV 7 80 ft 7.5 miles 6h - 8h MKP2 9 Aug 2015  
Corbett Creek San Juan Mountains 5* (5 ratings) 3C1 III 12 190 ft 5 miles 6.5h - 10h MKP2
9 Aug 2015  
Ice Cube Canyon (The Maze) Red Rock Canyon 5* (11 ratings) 4B IV 23 190 ft 8 miles 11h - 14h MKP2
8 Aug 2015  
Yosemite Falls (Middle Earth) Yosemite National Park 4.9* (6 ratings) 4C IV R 10 190 ft 2.5 miles 6h - 11h MKP
8 Aug 2015  
Little Santa Anita Canyon San Gabriels Front Range 4.1* (23 ratings) 3B III 10 50 ft 1.6 miles 3h - 6h MKP2 3 Aug 2015  ‍‍
Davis Creek Canyon South Cascades 4.9* (4 ratings) 3C2 II 8 110 ft 0.8 miles 4h - 5h MKP2c 2 Aug 2015  
Lower Chambers Creek (Sleep Disorder) Plumas National Forest 3* (4 ratings) 3C III 8 195 ft 2.5 miles 5h - 7h MKP2
1 Aug 2015  
Marble Fork Kaweah River (Chrysalis) Sequoia National Park 5* (3 ratings) 4C3 III R 10 140 ft 4 miles 6h - 9h MKP22c
28 Jul 2015  
Seven Teacups Sequoia National Forest 4.7* (18 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  
Imlay Canyon (Sneak Route) Zion National Park 4.8* (13 ratings) 4B IV R 20 120 ft 9.1 miles 9h - 18h MKP2 24 Jul 2015  
Kaiser Creek Sierra National Forest 4* (3 ratings) 4C IV 10 180 ft 3 miles 8h - 12h MKP22c
24 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  
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Locations with good information
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Location Region‍ Quality Rating Length‍ Depth‍ Raps‍ Longest‍ Hike‍ Time‍ Info Conditions
Rubio Canyon San Gabriels Front Range 3.8* (13 ratings) 3A II 6 90 ft 1.6 miles 3h - 5h MKP 4 Jun 2015  
Hemlock Creek Cascade Mountains 4* (1 ratings) 3C II R 5 55 ft 2.2 miles 2h - 5h MKP2
Grotto Creek Cascade Mountains 5* (1 ratings) 3C II R 7 95 ft 1.2 miles 3h - 5h MKP22c
Ice Lake Creek San Juan Mountains 4.5* (2 ratings) 3C3 III R 10 100 ft 2 miles 8h - 12h MKP2
South Fork Mineral Creek San Juan Mountains 5* (4 ratings) 4C3 II X 5 58 ft 1.5 miles 4h - 8h MKP2
Corbett Creek San Juan Mountains 5* (5 ratings) 3C1 III 12 190 ft 5 miles 6.5h - 10h MKP2
9 Aug 2015  
Chalk Creek Canyon Arizona 2* (1 ratings) 4A II 1 30 ft 5 miles 3h - 5h MKP
Beacon Rock Columbia River Gorge 3* (1 ratings) 4A I 1 800 ft 1 miles 2h MKP2
Dry Creek Columbia River Gorge 4.9* (5 ratings) 3C III 5 80 ft 3 miles 6h MKP2
3 May 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  
Bear Creek Canyon San Juan Mountains 5* (3 ratings) 3C3 III 6 100 ft 4 miles MKP2
Cascade Creek San Juan Mountains 5* (5 ratings) 3C2 III 10 270 ft 3 miles 8h - 12h MKP22c
13 Aug 2015  
Weehawken Creek San Juan Mountains 5* (5 ratings) 3C3 III R 10 115 ft 3.3 miles 6h - 10h MKP2
10 Aug 2015  
Davis Creek Canyon South Cascades 4.9* (4 ratings) 3C2 II 8 110 ft 0.8 miles 4h - 5h MKP2c 2 Aug 2015  
Keyhole Canyon (Zion National Park) Zion National Park 4* (5 ratings) 3B I 3 60 ft 0.7 miles 1h - 2h MKP2
Oak Creek (Ouray) San Juan Mountains 4.3* (3 ratings) 3C2 III 18 170 ft 3.5 miles MKP2
Uncompahgre River (Upper) San Juan Mountains 4.3* (3 ratings) 3C3 III 6 100 ft 2.2 miles 3h - 6h MKP2
Lost Creek Cascade Mountains 4.8* (8 ratings) 3C II 5 60 ft 1.1 miles 4h - 5h MKP2c
13 Jun 2015  
Arrastra Creek San Juan Mountains 3.7* (3 ratings) 3C1 II 5 200 ft 1.3 miles 5h - 7h MKP4
Yosemite Falls (Middle Earth) Yosemite National Park 4.9* (6 ratings) 4C IV R 10 190 ft 2.5 miles 6h - 11h MKP
8 Aug 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  
Stevenson Creek (Lower) Sierra National Forest 5* (8 ratings) 4C IV R 12 200 ft 5.5 miles 7h - 10h MKP22c
25 Jul 2015  
Crater Creek San Juan Mountains 4* (1 ratings) 3C1 III 6 135 ft 2.5 miles MKP2
Kaiser Creek Sierra National Forest 4* (3 ratings) 4C IV 10 180 ft 3 miles 8h - 12h MKP22c
24 Jul 2015  
Marble Fork Kaweah River (Chrysalis) Sequoia National Park 5* (3 ratings) 4C3 III R 10 140 ft 4 miles 6h - 9h MKP22c
28 Jul 2015  
Mouse Trap Canyon San Jacinto Mountains 3.1* (3 ratings) 4A I 9 150 ft 2.8 miles 4h - 6h MKP2
28 Feb 2015  
High Creek San Bernardino Mountains 2* (1 ratings) 3A III 4 120 ft 6.3 miles 6h - 9h MKP2
Clark Gulch East Fork San Gabriel 5* (2 ratings) 3B V 8 160 ft 14.5 miles 21h MKP2 22 Nov 2014  
Cedar Creek (Upper) San Diego 4* (1 ratings) 2B III 0 0 ft 4.5 miles 6h - 8h MKP22c
Guadalupe Creek Santa Rosa Mountains 3* (2 ratings) 4A IV 14 270 ft 13.1 miles 14h - 17h MKP2c
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Recently modified locations

Location Region‍ Quality Rating Length‍ Depth‍ Raps‍ Longest‍ Hike‍ Time‍ Info Conditions
Rubio Canyon San Gabriels Front Range 3.8* (13 ratings) 3A II 6 90 ft 1.6 miles 3h - 5h MKP 4 Jun 2015  
Porcupine Creek San Juan Mountains 3* (3 ratings) 3C2 III 5 100 ft 4h - 6h MKP2
5 Jul 2014  
Hemlock Creek Cascade Mountains 4* (1 ratings) 3C II R 5 55 ft 2.2 miles 2h - 5h MKP2
Grotto Creek Cascade Mountains 5* (1 ratings) 3C II R 7 95 ft 1.2 miles 3h - 5h MKP22c
Cataract Creek San Juan Mountains 4* (1 ratings) 3C III R 4 100 ft 9 miles 7h - 9h P42c
Mill Creek San Juan Mountains 4* (1 ratings) 4C III 7 115 ft 4 miles 6h - 9h P42c
Canyon of the Clouds San Juan Mountains 4* (2 ratings) 4C2 III R 4 100 ft 5 miles 5h - 8h P4
Niagara Gulch San Juan Mountains 5* (2 ratings) 3C1 III R 4 225 ft 5h - 7h P2
Ice Lake Creek San Juan Mountains 4.5* (2 ratings) 3C3 III R 10 100 ft 2 miles 8h - 12h MKP2
South Fork Mineral Creek San Juan Mountains 5* (4 ratings) 4C3 II X 5 58 ft 1.5 miles 4h - 8h MKP2
Cascade Creek off 550 (Durango Waterpark) San Juan Mountains 2* (1 ratings) 3C2 I 15 ft 2h - 1.9 days MKP2
X Unexplored
Corbett Creek San Juan Mountains 5* (5 ratings) 3C1 III 12 190 ft 5 miles 6.5h - 10h MKP2
9 Aug 2015  
Chalk Creek Canyon Arizona 2* (1 ratings) 4A II 1 30 ft 5 miles 3h - 5h MKP
Starvation Creek Columbia River Gorge 0* (0 ratings) 3C 150 ft P2
X Unexplored
Beacon Rock Columbia River Gorge 3* (1 ratings) 4A I 1 800 ft 1 miles 2h MKP2
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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)