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 1450 locations, with detailed information (ACA rating and rappel details) on 780 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
Eaton Canyon San Gabriels Front Range 4.5* (18 ratings) 3B IV 7 80 ft 7.5 miles 6h - 8h MKP2 12 Apr 2015  
Munra Creek Columbia River Gorge 3.8* (5 ratings) 3B II 7 150 ft 3.3 miles 4h MKP
29 Mar 2015  
Benign Canyon Robbers Roost 3.8* (4 ratings) 3A II PG 3 60 ft 2.7 miles 4h P4
29 Mar 2015  
Dog Creek Columbia River Gorge 3.7* (1 ratings) 3C III 11 100 ft 3.5 miles 8h MKP
29 Mar 2015  ‍‍
San Jacinto River (North Fork) San Jacinto Mountains 4.8* (7 ratings) 3B II 8 100 ft 2.5 miles 3h - 6h MKP4
29 Mar 2015  
Mist Falls Columbia River Gorge 4.2* (3 ratings) 3B II R 2 300 ft 3 miles 4h - 6h MKP2
28 Mar 2015  
Dry Creek Columbia River Gorge 3.7* (1 ratings) 3B III 5 6h MKP
27 Mar 2015  
Warren Creek Columbia River Gorge 3.7* (2 ratings) 3C II 3 140 ft 1.7 miles 3h - 4h MKP2
26 Mar 2015  
Portal Canyon Virgin River Gorge 4.7* (8 ratings) 3A IV 12 175 ft 4.4 miles 9h - 13h MKP2
21 Mar 2015  
Angel Cove (South Fork) Angel Point 3.7* (2 ratings) 3A II 6 83 ft 2.2 miles 5h P4 15 Mar 2015  
Silver on the Side Big Tujunga Region 3.8* (2 ratings) 3A IV 11 180 ft 8.1 miles 8.5h MKP2 7 Mar 2015  
Pasadena Glen San Gabriels Front Range 3* (3 ratings) 3B III 12 90 ft 6 miles 7h - 9h MKP2 4 Mar 2015  
Stone Plus One Big Tujunga Region 3.9* (10 ratings) 3A III 17 136 ft 3.6 miles 5h - 8h MKP2 1 Mar 2015  
Mouse Trap Canyon San Jacinto Mountains 3.5* (3 ratings) 4A I 9 150 ft 2.8 miles 4h - 6h MKP2
28 Feb 2015  
Monkeyface Creek San Bernardino Mountains 4.7* (12 ratings) 3B III 10 200 ft 2.5 miles 5h - 8h MKP2
28 Feb 2015  
Cabin Creek Columbia River Gorge 3.9* (2 ratings) 3C I 3 150 ft 1 miles 2h - 3h MKP2
27 Feb 2015  
Pit of Despair Canyon Princess Bride Range 4.8* (6 ratings) 4B III 8 200 ft 5.9 miles 6h - 8h MKP2
21 Feb 2015  
Cerberus Canyon (North Fork) Black Mountains North 4.2* (4 ratings) 4A IV 27 270 ft 3.8 miles 10h - 12h MK2
15 Feb 2015  
Inconceivable Canyon Princess Bride Range 4.6* (6 ratings) 4A III 7 285 ft 6.6 miles 7h - 9h MKP2
15 Feb 2015  
Scorpion Canyon Black Mountains North 4.1* (7 ratings) 3A II 7 150 ft 4.6 miles 3h - 6h MKP2
14 Feb 2015  
Lizard King Canyon Grapevine Mountains 3* (3 ratings) 3A III 7 100 ft MKP
13 Feb 2015  
Little Santa Anita Canyon San Gabriels Front Range 4.2* (20 ratings) 3B III 10 50 ft 1.6 miles 3h - 6h MKP2 8 Feb 2015  
Dark Side Canyon Arroyo Seco region 3* (2 ratings) 3A I 5 140 ft 3 miles 2h - 4h MKP2 2 Feb 2015  
Lunada Canyon Southern California 3.4* (3 ratings) 3A I 5 40 ft 0.3 miles 1h - 2h MKP2 1 Feb 2015  
Supercloud Canyon Red Box 3.1* (6 ratings) 3A III 6 125 ft 3 miles 5h MKP2 1 Feb 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
Sotano de las Golondrinas Huasteca Potosina 4.3* (1 ratings) Pit 4A IV 0 ft 1214 ft 1 1214 ft 0.2 miles 2h - 10h MKP2
Warren Creek Columbia River Gorge 3.7* (2 ratings) 3C II 3 140 ft 1.7 miles 3h - 4h MKP2
26 Mar 2015  
Bonita Canyon (Lytle Creek) Lytle Creek Area 4.6* (6 ratings) 3A III 4 160 ft 1.7 miles 4.5h - 6h MKP 7 May 2014  
Sotano de Cepillo Huasteca Potosina 3.7* (1 ratings) Pit 4A II 0 ft 420 ft 1 420 ft 0.3 miles 3h - 5h MKP2
Arrastra Creek San Juan Mountains 3.8* (2 ratings) 3C1 II 5 200 ft 1.3 miles 5h - 7h MKP4
San Jacinto River (North Fork) San Jacinto Mountains 4.8* (7 ratings) 3B II 8 100 ft 2.5 miles 3h - 6h MKP4
29 Mar 2015  
Henline Creek Canyon Cascade Mountains 3* (2 ratings) 3C III 10 90 ft 3.7 miles 6h - 8h MKP
3 Aug 2014  
Corridor Canyon Death Valley National Park 2.3* (1 ratings) 2A IV 1 30 ft 15 miles MKP
Water Canyon (Zion National Park) Zion National Park 3.9* (17 ratings) 3B III 9 170 ft 4.3 miles 6h - 11h MKP2 22 Oct 2014  ‍‍
Rose Valley Falls Southern California 4.2* (2 ratings) 3B III 2 250 ft 4.2 miles 6h MK2
Dog Creek Columbia River Gorge 3.7* (1 ratings) 3C III 11 100 ft 3.5 miles 8h MKP
29 Mar 2015  ‍‍
Sardine Creek Cascade Mountains 3* (1 ratings) 3C II R 6 90 ft 2.5 miles 4h - 5h MK
Big Creek (Canyon of the Dammed) Sierra National Forest 4.5* (5 ratings) 3C III 13 195 ft 2.5 miles 5h - 7h MKP
19 Jul 2014  
Mist Falls Columbia River Gorge 4.2* (3 ratings) 3B II R 2 300 ft 3 miles 4h - 6h MKP2
28 Mar 2015  
The Subway Zion West Side 4.5* (29 ratings) 3B III 4 50 ft 9.5 miles 6h - 12h MKP2 21 Oct 2014  ‍‍
Munra Creek Columbia River Gorge 3.8* (5 ratings) 3B II 7 150 ft 3.3 miles 4h MKP
29 Mar 2015  
Keane Canyon Funeral Mountains 3.7* (1 ratings) 3A III 7 120 ft 5.3 miles 6.5h MKP4
Eaton Canyon San Gabriels Front Range 4.5* (18 ratings) 3B IV 7 80 ft 7.5 miles 6h - 8h MKP2 12 Apr 2015  
Pine Valley Bridge San Diego 3.7* (1 ratings) POI 4A I R 1 300 ft 0.5 miles 1h - 3h MKP2
Heaps Canyon Zion National Park 4.7* (24 ratings) 4B V R 25 290 ft 10.5 miles 12h - 2 days MKP2 15 Jun 2014  
Monkeyface Creek San Bernardino Mountains 4.7* (12 ratings) 3B III 10 200 ft 2.5 miles 5h - 8h MKP2
28 Feb 2015  
Yosemite Falls (Middle Earth) Yosemite National Park 4.6* (2 ratings) 4C IV R 8 200 ft 2.5 miles 6h - 11h MKP
Wasteland Fork of Warlock Canyon Grapevine Mountains 3.7* (1 ratings) 3A IV 16 210 ft 11.2 miles MKP
Sandtrap Canyon San Diego 4.1* (6 ratings) 2A I 0 0 ft 2 miles 1h - 3h MKP2 25 Dec 2014  
Portal Canyon Virgin River Gorge 4.7* (8 ratings) 3A IV 12 175 ft 4.4 miles 9h - 13h MKP2
21 Mar 2015  
One Fall Canyon Saline Valley 1.7* (1 ratings) 2A II 0 0 ft 5 miles MKP
Silver on the Side Big Tujunga Region 3.8* (2 ratings) 3A IV 11 180 ft 8.1 miles 8.5h MKP2 7 Mar 2015  
First Chance Canyon Saline Valley 4.3* (1 ratings) 3A IV 17 215 ft 10.6 miles MKP
Arch Canyon Saline Valley 3.7* (1 ratings) 3A IV 25 140 ft 16 miles MKP
Death Angel Canyon Saline Valley 3.7* (1 ratings) 3A IV 12 230 ft 16 miles MKP
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Recently modified locations

Location Region‍ Quality Rating Length‍ Depth‍ Raps‍ Longest‍ Hike‍ Time‍ Info Conditions
Sotano de las Golondrinas Huasteca Potosina 4.3* (1 ratings) Pit 4A IV 0 ft 1214 ft 1 1214 ft 0.2 miles 2h - 10h MKP2
Warren Creek Columbia River Gorge 3.7* (2 ratings) 3C II 3 140 ft 1.7 miles 3h - 4h MKP2
26 Mar 2015  
Bonita Canyon (Lytle Creek) Lytle Creek Area 4.6* (6 ratings) 3A III 4 160 ft 1.7 miles 4.5h - 6h MKP 7 May 2014  
Sotano de Cepillo Huasteca Potosina 3.7* (1 ratings) Pit 4A II 0 ft 420 ft 1 420 ft 0.3 miles 3h - 5h MKP2
South Santiam River Cascade Mountains 3.7* (1 ratings) 2B II 0 0 ft 3h - 5h
Shake Tree Canyon Arizona 3* (1 ratings) P
Arrastra Creek San Juan Mountains 3.8* (2 ratings) 3C1 II 5 200 ft 1.3 miles 5h - 7h MKP4
Devils Thumb Ticaboo Mesa 4.3* (1 ratings) 4B III 4 55 ft 3 miles 5h - 8h P2
Christopher Creek Gorge Arizona 4.5* (4 ratings) 3C II 5 40 ft P 3 Nov 2012  ‍‍
Bear Skull Hollow San Bernardino Mountains 3* (1 ratings) 3A III 3 290 ft P2
San Jacinto River (North Fork) San Jacinto Mountains 4.8* (7 ratings) 3B II 8 100 ft 2.5 miles 3h - 6h MKP4
29 Mar 2015  
Henline Creek Canyon Cascade Mountains 3* (2 ratings) 3C III 10 90 ft 3.7 miles 6h - 8h MKP
3 Aug 2014  
Soldier Creek (Upper) Crystal Lake 1.7* (1 ratings) 3A II 3 100 ft 3.4 miles 4.5h P2
Corridor Canyon Death Valley National Park 2.3* (1 ratings) 2A IV 1 30 ft 15 miles MKP
Hellfire Canyon (North Fork) Black Mountains North 3.7* (1 ratings) 3A IV 15 150 ft MKP
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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)