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 1445 locations, with detailed information (ACA rating and rappel details) on 770 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
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  
San Jacinto River (North Fork) San Jacinto Mountains 4.6* (3 ratings) 3B II 8 100 ft 2.5 miles 3h - 6h MKP4
1 Feb 2015  
Rubio Canyon San Gabriels Front Range 3.8* (12 ratings) 3A II 6 90 ft 1.6 miles 3h - 5h MKP 31 Jan 2015  
Rattlesnake Canyon (Joshua Tree) Joshua Tree National Park 3.8* (2 ratings) 3A I 3 60 ft 0.8 miles 2h - 3h MKP2
29 Jan 2015  
Toad Pool Canyon Red Rock Canyon 3.7* (2 ratings) 3A I 3 40 ft 0.9 miles 1h - 2h MKP2 25 Jan 2015  
Josephine Creek Big Tujunga Region 3.5* (6 ratings) 3B II 2 170 ft 1.1 miles 2h - 3h MKP2 24 Jan 2015  
Eaton Canyon San Gabriels Front Range 4.5* (17 ratings) 3B IV 7 80 ft 7.5 miles 6h - 8h MKP2 11 Jan 2015  
Styx Canyon (North Fork) Black Mountains North 4.4* (5 ratings) 3A IV 16 105 ft 5.9 miles 7h - 11h MKP2
10 Jan 2015  
Typhon Canyon (South Fork) Black Mountains North 4.2* (3 ratings) 3A IV 18 185 ft 6.6 miles 9h - 11h MKP2
3 Jan 2015  
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Locations with good information
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Location Region‍ Quality Rating Raps‍ Longest‍ Hike‍ Time‍ Info Conditions
San Jacinto River (North Fork) San Jacinto Mountains 4.6* (3 ratings) 3B II 8 100 ft 2.5 miles 3h - 6h MKP4
1 Feb 2015  
Eaton Canyon San Gabriels Front Range 4.5* (17 ratings) 3B IV 7 80 ft 7.5 miles 6h - 8h MKP2 11 Jan 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
Scorpion Canyon Black Mountains North 4.1* (7 ratings) 3A II 7 150 ft 4.6 miles 3h - 6h MKP2
14 Feb 2015  
Typhon Canyon, North Fork Black Mountains 3.7* (1 ratings) 3A IV 17 200 ft 5 miles MKP
Dung Heap Canyon Saline Valley 1.7* (1 ratings) 3A II 4 50 ft 3 miles MKP
Heebee Jeevies Canyon Saline Valley 3.7* (1 ratings) 3A IV 22 200 ft 9 miles MKP
Condor Canyon Saline Valley 2.3* (1 ratings) 3A II 1 270 ft 3 miles MKP
The Possessed Canyon Saline Valley 3* (1 ratings) 3A III 5 150 ft 9 miles MKP
Titans Wall Canyon Saline Valley 3.7* (1 ratings) 4A III 6 450 ft 6 miles MKP
Gravel Pile Canyon Saline Valley 2.3* (1 ratings) 3A II 1 80 ft 2 miles MKP
BADLANDS CANYON Grapevine Mountains 3* (1 ratings) 3A III 13 100 ft 3.5 miles MKP
Ubehebe Canyon Racetrack Valley 3* (1 ratings) 3A III 7 100 ft 5 miles MKP
Pasadena Glen San Gabriels Front Range 3* (3 ratings) 3B III 12 90 ft 6 miles 7h - 9h MKP2 4 Mar 2015  
Carrizo Creek Santa Rosa Mountains 3* (2 ratings) 3A I 3 160 ft 2 miles 2h - 4h MKP2
14 Jan 2013  
Cabin Creek Columbia River Gorge 3.9* (2 ratings) 3C I 3 150 ft 1 miles 2h - 3h MKP2
27 Feb 2015  
Cañón de La Teja Jalisco 3.7* (1 ratings) 3B IV 10 105 ft 4 miles 10h - 12h MKP2
RIGOR MORTIS CANYON Death Valley National Park 3* (1 ratings) 3A II 12 100 ft 3.2 miles MKP
Mouse Trap Canyon San Jacinto Mountains 3.5* (3 ratings) 4A I 9 150 ft 2.8 miles 4h - 6h MKP2
28 Feb 2015  
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Recently modified locations

Location Region‍ Quality Rating Length‍ Depth‍ Raps‍ Longest‍ Hike‍ Time‍ Info Conditions
Deadman Canyon Black Mountains 3* (1 ratings) 3A II 4 50 ft MKP
Angel Cove (South Fork) Angel Point 3.7* (2 ratings) 3A II 6 83 ft 2.2 miles 5h P4 15 Mar 2015  
Deadman Down Canyon Black Mountains North 3* (1 ratings) P
Scotty's Canyon Black Mountains South 0* (0 ratings) 3A III 8 100 ft MKP
Ruckel Creek (Lower) Columbia River Gorge 0* (0 ratings) X Unexplored
San Jacinto River (North Fork) San Jacinto Mountains 4.6* (3 ratings) 3B II 8 100 ft 2.5 miles 3h - 6h MKP4
1 Feb 2015  
Woodward Creek (West Fork) Columbia River Gorge 3* (1 ratings) 3B III 8 60 ft 5h - 7h
Eaton Canyon San Gabriels Front Range 4.5* (17 ratings) 3B IV 7 80 ft 7.5 miles 6h - 8h MKP2 11 Jan 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  
Guadalope No region specified 0* (0 ratings)
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
Mezzo Canyon Mount Charleston 0* (0 ratings) 3A III 6 160 ft 6h - 10h 2
Cape Horn Falls Washington 0* (0 ratings) 4C 3
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)