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 1424 locations, with detailed information (ACA rating and rappel details) on 749 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
Stone Plus One Big Tujunga Region 3.9* (10 ratings) 3A III 17 136 ft 3.6 miles 5h - 8h MKP2 1 Mar 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  
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  
Humperdinck Canyon Princess Bride Range 3* (3 ratings) 3A III 5.5h - 7.5h P4
31 Dec 2014  
Monkeyface Creek San Bernardino Mountains 4.7* (11 ratings) 3B III 10 200 ft 2.5 miles 5h - 8h MKP2
27 Dec 2014  
Sandtrap Canyon San Diego 4.1* (6 ratings) 2A I 0 0 ft 2 miles 1h - 3h MKP2 25 Dec 2014  
San Diego River Gorge San Diego 3* (2 ratings) 3A II 0 100 ft 5 miles 3h - 6h MKP2
20 Dec 2014  
Big Falls (Southern California) San Bernardino Mountains 4.5* (7 ratings) 3C I 2 140 ft 1 miles 2h - 4h MKP2
14 Dec 2014  
Alpine Canyon San Gabriels Front Range 3.5* (3 ratings) 3A II 4 250 ft 6.5 miles 5h MKP2 13 Dec 2014  
Cherry Canyon Virgin River Gorge 3.9* (6 ratings) 3A II 12 105 ft 1.8 miles 4h - 6h MKP2
8 Dec 2014  
Mayday Canyon Virgin River Gorge 3.9* (3 ratings) 3A IV 7 110 ft 3.7 miles 7h - 10h MK2
7 Dec 2014  
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Locations with good information
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Location Region‍ Quality Rating Raps‍ Longest‍ Hike‍ Time‍ Info Conditions
Heebee Jeevies Canyon Death Valley National Park 3.7* (1 ratings) 3A IV 22 200 ft 9 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  
Cattle Canyon San Gabriel Mountains 3* (1 ratings) 3B IV 10 80 ft 16 miles MKP
Cañón Acatachico Jalisco 3.7* (1 ratings) 3B III 7 177 ft 1.6 miles 6h - 7h MKP2
Cañón El Zarco Jalisco 3* (1 ratings) 3A I 2 82 ft 2.4 miles 3h - 5h MKP2
Inconceivable Canyon Princess Bride Range 4.6* (6 ratings) 4A III 7 285 ft 6.6 miles 7h - 9h MKP2
15 Feb 2015  
Cañón Pajaritos Jalisco 3* (1 ratings) 3B IV 22 318 ft 3.7 miles 10h MKP2
Barranco de Huaxtla Jalisco 3.7* (1 ratings) 3B II 4 225 ft 1.2 miles 5h - 8h MKP2
Cañón Matatlán Jalisco 3.7* (1 ratings) 3B V 16 164 ft 3.7 miles 1.5 - 2 days MKP2
Salto del Nogal Jalisco 3.7* (1 ratings) 3B II 5 230 ft 0.9 miles 5h - 7h MKP2
Silver Canyon Big Tujunga Region 4.2* (2 ratings) 3A IV 7 150 ft 7.2 miles 9.2h MKP2
Cabin Creek Columbia River Gorge 0* (0 ratings) 3C I 3 200 ft 1 miles MK2
Barranca de San Martin Jalisco 3* (1 ratings) 4A III 12 246 ft 0.9 miles 8h - 9h MKP2
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  
Cañón Los Azules Jalisco 3* (1 ratings) 3B II 5 230 ft 0.8 miles 4h - 6h MKP2
Cañón de la Campana Jalisco 3.7* (1 ratings) 3B III 3 312 ft 0.4 miles 5h - 7h MKP2
Cañón del Salto Seco Jalisco 3* (1 ratings) 3B II 6 180 ft 1.2 miles 4h - 5h MKP2
Bonita Canyon (Lytle Creek) Lytle Creek Area 4.5* (5 ratings) 3A III 4 160 ft 1.7 miles 4.5h - 6h MKP 7 May 2014  
Cañón Santa Rosa Jalisco 3.7* (1 ratings) 3B III 16 177 ft 1.2 miles 7h - 9h MKP2
Cañón Los Camachos Jalisco 3.7* (1 ratings) 3B II 6 115 ft 3.1 miles 4h - 6h MKP2
Cañón Azul Turquesa Jalisco 3.7* (1 ratings) 3B II 7 69 ft 1.9 miles 4h - 6h MKP2
Mud Caves (Arroyo Tapiado) Anza Borrego Desert 3.8* (2 ratings) Cave 2A III R 0 0 ft 3 miles 4h - 8h MKP2
Cañón Aquetzalli Jalisco 3.7* (1 ratings) 3B II 6 50 ft 1.2 miles 4h - 6h MKP2
Supercloud Canyon Red Box 3.1* (6 ratings) 3A III 6 125 ft 3 miles 5h MKP2 1 Feb 2015  
Camp Creek Columbia River Gorge 3.4* (2 ratings) 3C II 4 35 ft 4 miles 4h - 5h MK
Lunada Canyon Southern California 3.4* (3 ratings) 3A I 5 40 ft 0.3 miles 1h - 2h MKP2 1 Feb 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  
Das Pfeife Canyon Big Tujunga Region 3* (3 ratings) 3A II 2 110 ft 2 miles 2.5h - 4h MKP2
Monkeyface Creek San Bernardino Mountains 4.7* (11 ratings) 3B III 10 200 ft 2.5 miles 5h - 8h MKP2
27 Dec 2014  
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  
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Recently modified locations

Location Region‍ Quality Rating Length‍ Depth‍ Raps‍ Longest‍ Hike‍ Time‍ Info Conditions
Mouse Trap Canyon San Jacinto Mountains 0* (0 ratings) 4A I 9 150 ft 2.8 miles 4h - 6h 2
Tecopa Mines Southern California 4.3* (1 ratings) Mine 3A III R 1 200 ft 4h - 3 days MKP
Heebee Jeevies Canyon Death Valley National Park 3.7* (1 ratings) 3A IV 22 200 ft 9 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  
Cattle Canyon San Gabriel Mountains 3* (1 ratings) 3B IV 10 80 ft 16 miles MKP
Cañón Acatachico Jalisco 3.7* (1 ratings) 3B III 7 177 ft 1.6 miles 6h - 7h MKP2
Cañón El Zarco Jalisco 3* (1 ratings) 3A I 2 82 ft 2.4 miles 3h - 5h MKP2
Inconceivable Canyon Princess Bride Range 4.6* (6 ratings) 4A III 7 285 ft 6.6 miles 7h - 9h MKP2
15 Feb 2015  
Cañón Pajaritos Jalisco 3* (1 ratings) 3B IV 22 318 ft 3.7 miles 10h MKP2
Barranco de Huaxtla Jalisco 3.7* (1 ratings) 3B II 4 225 ft 1.2 miles 5h - 8h MKP2
Cañón Matatlán Jalisco 3.7* (1 ratings) 3B V 16 164 ft 3.7 miles 1.5 - 2 days MKP2
Salto del Nogal Jalisco 3.7* (1 ratings) 3B II 5 230 ft 0.9 miles 5h - 7h MKP2
Silver Canyon Big Tujunga Region 4.2* (2 ratings) 3A IV 7 150 ft 7.2 miles 9.2h MKP2
Abysmal Canyon Black Mountains North 3.7* (1 ratings) 3A IV 22 250 ft 5.2 miles 9h - 11.5h P2
Panther Creek Columbia River Gorge 0* (0 ratings) 3 102 ft MK 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)