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.

Contents

Finding beta

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This site is currently documenting 1111 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
Lytle Creek (Middle Fork) Lytle Creek Area GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.png 3B III 5 105 ft 6.6 miles 7.5 hr Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 23 Aug 2014 Smiley4.png Waterflow1.pngWetsuit0.pngDanger2.png
Rindge Gulch Santa Monica Mountains GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.pngGoldStar0.png 3A II 5 130 ft 1.1 miles 3 hr Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 17 Aug 2014 Smiley3.png Waterflow0.pngWetsuit0.pngDanger2.png
Bridal Veil Creek Columbia River Gorge GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar3.pngGoldStar0.png 3C II 5 100 ft 1.3 miles 4 hr Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 11 Aug 2014 Smiley4.png Waterflow3.pngWetsuit3.pngDanger2.png
Oneonta Gorge Columbia River Gorge GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar3.png 3C II 3 150 ft 4 hr Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 10 Aug 2014 Smiley3.png Waterflow3.pngWetsuit3.pngDanger2.png
Latourell Creek Columbia River Gorge GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.png 3C I 1 225 ft 3 hr Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 10 Aug 2014 Smiley5.png Waterflow3.pngWetsuit1.pngDanger2.png
Imlay Canyon (Full) Zion National Park GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.png 4B V 46 170 ft 11.4 miles 20 hr Vxpicnx.png 9 Aug 2014 Smiley5.png
Kolob Canyon Zion West Side 3C V R 14 165 ft 7.8 miles 15 hr 9 Aug 2014 Smiley5.png
The Squeeze San Rafael Swell 4B IV 99 ft 8.5 hr 9 Aug 2014 Smiley5.png
Little Santa Anita Canyon San Gabriels Front Range GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar1.png 3A III 10 50 ft 1.6 miles 4.5 hr Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 9 Aug 2014 Smiley2.png Waterflow0.pngWetsuit0.pngDanger4.png
Eagle Creek Canyon Columbia River Gorge GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar3.png 3C III R 3 95 ft 7 miles 6.5 hr Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 9 Aug 2014 Smiley5.png Waterflow3.pngWetsuit3.pngDanger2.png
Munra Creek Columbia River Gorge GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.pngGoldStar0.png 3B II 7 150 ft 3.3 miles 4 hr Vxmapnx.png 8 Aug 2014 Smiley3.png Waterflow3.pngWetsuit3.pngDanger2.png
Moffett Creek Columbia River Gorge GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.pngGoldStar0.pngGoldStar0.png 3C1 IV 11 160 ft 12.8 miles 12 hr Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 7 Aug 2014 Smiley1.png Waterflow2.pngWetsuit1.pngDanger3.png
Abiqua Creek Oregon GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.png 3C I 92 ft 1 miles Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 6 Aug 2014 Smiley4.png Waterflow3.pngWetsuit1.pngDanger2.png
Parkett Creek Oregon GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.png 3C IV 6 150 ft 2 miles 6.5 hr Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 5 Aug 2014 Smiley5.png Waterflow3.pngWetsuit3.pngDanger2.png
Lost Creek Oregon GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.png 3C II 5 60 ft 1.1 miles 4.5 hr Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 4 Aug 2014 Smiley5.png Waterflow3.pngWetsuit2.pngDanger2.png
Tenmile Creek (Upper) Sierra National Forest GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.pngGoldStar0.png 3C III 4 170 ft 1.8 miles 6 hr Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 3 Aug 2014 Smiley2.png Waterflow2.pngWetsuit2.pngDanger3.png
Henline Creek Canyon Oregon GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.pngGoldStar0.png 3C III 10 90 ft 3.7 miles 7 hr Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 3 Aug 2014 Smiley3.png Waterflow1.pngWetsuit2.png
Yankee Doodle Hollow Dixie National Forest GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.pngGoldStar0.png 3B I 2 73 ft 1 miles 2.75 hr Vxpicnx.png 1 Aug 2014 Smiley5.png
Red Hollow Zion National Park GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.png 3A II 5 290 ft 2 miles 4.5 hr Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 1 Aug 2014 Smiley5.png Waterflow0.pngWetsuit0.pngDanger2.png
Eaton Canyon San Gabriels Front Range GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar2.png 3B IV 7 80 ft 7.5 miles 7 hr Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 31 Jul 2014 Smiley3.png Waterflow2.pngWetsuit0.pngDanger1.png
Seven Teacups Sequoia National Forest GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.png 3C III 5 60 ft 5.1 miles 5.5 hr Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 27 Jul 2014 Smiley5.png Waterflow3.pngWetsuit4.pngDanger2.png
Great White Icicle Wasatch Front 3C II 4.5 hr 26 Jul 2014 Smiley4.png
Wetterhorn Creek San Juan Mountains GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.png 3C3 V 6 200 ft 13 miles 17 hr Vxpicnx.png 26 Jul 2014 Smiley3.png Waterflow5.pngWetsuit3.pngDanger4.png
Piedrita Canyon La Fortuna GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.pngGoldStar0.png 3C I 4 150 ft 1.5 miles 2.5 hr Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 24 Jul 2014 Smiley2.png Waterflow1.pngWetsuit1.pngDanger1.png
Piedra Canyon La Fortuna GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.png 3B I 4 120 ft 0.7 miles 2 hr Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 23 Jul 2014 Smiley4.png Waterflow3.pngWetsuit0.pngDanger1.png
… further results

Canyons with good information

Canyons
Region Quality Rating Raps Longest Hike Time Info Conditions
Leavitt Falls (I.W.M.M.) Stanislaus National Forest GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.png 4C II R 4 115 ft 2 miles 4 hr Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png
Big Falls (Southern California) San Bernardino Mountains GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar3.png 3C I 2 140 ft 1 miles 3 hr Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 8 Jun 2014 Smiley4.png Waterflow3.pngWetsuit1.pngDanger2.png
South Branch Feather River (Log Ride) Plumas National Forest GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.png 3C III 12 130 ft 3.8 miles 7.5 hr Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 5 Jul 2014 Smiley5.png Waterflow3.pngWetsuit3.pngDanger2.png
Pittman Creek (Another Dam Canyon) Sierra National Forest GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.png 3C II 8 125 ft 1.7 miles 4.5 hr Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png
Stack Creek (East) Oregon GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.pngGoldStar0.png 3B III 4 130 ft 5.4 miles 12 hr Vxmapnx.png 31 May 2014 Smiley4.png Waterflow2.pngWetsuit0.pngDanger2.png
Quartzville Creek Oregon GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.pngGoldStar0.png 3C II 3 20 ft 1.8 miles 3.5 hr Vxmapnx.png
Opal Creek (Upper Section) Oregon GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.pngGoldStar0.png 3C IV 5 150 ft 7.9 miles Vxmapnx.png
Shillelagh Dual (1 Trip - 2 Forks) North Wash GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.pngGoldStar0.png 3A II 4 120 ft 3.6 miles 5 hr Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png
Das Pfeife Canyon Big Tujunga Region GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.pngGoldStar0.png 3A II 2 110 ft 2 miles 3.25 hr Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png
Dark Side Canyon Arroyo Seco region GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.pngGoldStar0.png 3A I 5 140 ft 3 miles 3 hr Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png
Suicide Canyon Big Tujunga Region GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar2.png 3A III 8 190 ft 2.2 miles 5.5 hr Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png
Fantastic Mr. Fox Canyon Big Tujunga Region GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.pngGoldStar0.png 3A IV 6 185 ft 7.9 miles 11 hr Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png
Rindge Gulch Santa Monica Mountains GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.pngGoldStar0.png 3A II 5 130 ft 1.1 miles 3 hr Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 17 Aug 2014 Smiley3.png Waterflow0.pngWetsuit0.pngDanger2.png
Monkeyface (Lower) San Bernardino Mountains GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.png 3B III 10 200 ft 2.5 miles 6.5 hr Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 8 Jun 2014 Smiley0.png Waterflow0.png
Egypt 2 Canyon Escalante GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar2.png 3B III 2 280 ft 4.2 miles 6 hr Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 8 Jul 2014 Smiley3.png
Fall Creek Big Tujunga Region GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar2.pngGoldStar0.png 3B III 4 70 ft 4.6 miles 5 hr Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 4 May 2014
Napoleon Falls Big Tujunga Region GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar2.pngGoldStar0.pngGoldStar0.png 3A I 3 200 ft 1.2 miles 3 hr Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png
Classic Canyon Big Tujunga Region GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.pngGoldStar0.png 3A II 3 160 ft 3.3 miles 3.5 hr Vxmapnx.png 4 May 2014
Alimony Creek Big Tujunga Region GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar2.pngGoldStar0.pngGoldStar0.png 3B II 3 90 ft 2.4 miles 5 hr Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png
Helion Creek Oregon GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.png 3B III 4 110 ft 2.4 miles Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png
Eaton Canyon San Gabriels Front Range GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar2.png 3B IV 7 80 ft 7.5 miles 7 hr Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 31 Jul 2014 Smiley3.png Waterflow2.pngWetsuit0.pngDanger1.png
Lower Chambers Creek (Sleep Disorder) Plumas National Forest GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.png 3C III 8 195 ft 2.5 miles 6 hr Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 6 Jul 2014 Smiley3.png Waterflow3.pngWetsuit3.pngDanger2.png
Red Hollow Zion National Park GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.png 3A II 5 290 ft 2 miles 4.5 hr Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 1 Aug 2014 Smiley5.png Waterflow0.pngWetsuit0.pngDanger2.png
Pup Creek Oregon GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar2.png 3C IV 8 275 ft 1.5 miles 12 hr Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 21 Jul 2014 Smiley5.png Waterflow1.pngWetsuit3.pngDanger3.png
Seven Teacups Sequoia National Forest GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.png 3C III 5 60 ft 5.1 miles 5.5 hr Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 27 Jul 2014 Smiley5.png Waterflow3.pngWetsuit4.pngDanger2.png
Eagle Creek Canyon Columbia River Gorge GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar3.png 3C III R 3 95 ft 7 miles 6.5 hr Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 9 Aug 2014 Smiley5.png Waterflow3.pngWetsuit3.pngDanger2.png
Bridal Veil Creek Columbia River Gorge GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar3.pngGoldStar0.png 3C II 5 100 ft 1.3 miles 4 hr Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 11 Aug 2014 Smiley4.png Waterflow3.pngWetsuit3.pngDanger2.png
Jump Trip (Upper) Sierra National Forest GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.png 3C III R 3 70 ft 1.7 miles 7.5 hr Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 12 Jul 2014 Smiley5.png Waterflow3.pngWetsuit4.pngDanger2.png
Jump Trip (Lower) Sierra National Forest GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.png 3C IV R 7 130 ft 3.6 miles 10.5 hr Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 22 Jun 2014 Smiley5.png Waterflow3.pngWetsuit3.pngDanger2.png
Dog Creek Columbia River Gorge GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.png 3C IV 11 100 ft 3.5 miles 8 hr Vxmapnx.png
… further results

Recently modified canyons

Canyons
Region Quality Rating Raps Longest Hike Time Info Conditions
Stevenson Creek (Middle) Sierra National Forest GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.png 2B II 0 0 ft 2 miles 4.5 hr Vxpicnx.png
Leavitt Falls (I.W.M.M.) Stanislaus National Forest GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.png 4C II R 4 115 ft 2 miles 4 hr Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png
Big Falls (Southern California) San Bernardino Mountains GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar3.png 3C I 2 140 ft 1 miles 3 hr Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 8 Jun 2014 Smiley4.png Waterflow3.pngWetsuit1.pngDanger2.png
Isaac Canyon Zion National Park GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.pngGoldStar0.png 4B V 280 ft 14 hr
South Branch Feather River (Log Ride) Plumas National Forest GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.png 3C III 12 130 ft 3.8 miles 7.5 hr Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png 5 Jul 2014 Smiley5.png Waterflow3.pngWetsuit3.pngDanger2.png
Mission Canyon Santa Barbara 4 miles Vxmapnx.png Vxx.png Unexplored
Cold Spring Canyon Santa Barbara 1 150 ft 2.7 miles Vxmapnx.png Vxx.png Unexplored
Pittman Creek (Another Dam Canyon) Sierra National Forest GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.png 3C II 8 125 ft 1.7 miles 4.5 hr Vxmapnx.pngVxpicnx.png
Stevenson Creek (Lower) Sierra National Forest GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.png 4C IV R Vxpicnx.png
Basin Creek Sierra National Forest 3C I 6 140 ft 0.5 miles 3 hr Vxpicnx.png
Stack Creek (East) Oregon GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.pngGoldStar0.png 3B III 4 130 ft 5.4 miles 12 hr Vxmapnx.png 31 May 2014 Smiley4.png Waterflow2.pngWetsuit0.pngDanger2.png
Quartzville Creek Oregon GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.pngGoldStar0.png 3C II 3 20 ft 1.8 miles 3.5 hr Vxmapnx.png
Opal Creek (Upper Section) Oregon GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.pngGoldStar0.png 3C IV 5 150 ft 7.9 miles Vxmapnx.png
Percy Creek British Columbia GoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar4.pngGoldStar0.png 3C III 11 197 ft 1.9 miles 9 hr
Norrish Creek Canyon British Columbia 2C II 0 0 ft
… further results


Tools

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)

CalTopo

Caltopo is a free online map tool with many useful features. It requires no installation and works on any PC, Mac or Tablet just by pointing your browser to www.caltopo.com.

You can open RopeWiki's KML maps by clicking on the link 'Open in CalTopo' at the bottom of the map. Once in CalTopo you can:

  • Switch view: switch map view choosing from upper right corner list. Most useful: USGS 7.5K Topos, US Forest, Google Map, Google Terrain, Google Satellite and OpenCycleMap
  • Print High Quality Map: click on 'Print' button on top right corner, then drag highlighted region using mouse on the center mark,
  • Convert to GPX: click on 'Export', then click on 'Download GPX'
  • Upload to GPS: click on 'Export', then 'Connect to GPS' to upload map to GPS
  • Navigate map in 3D: click on 'Export', click on 'Download KML' and then click on the file to open it in Google Earth where you can navigate it in 3D.
  • Elevation profile & distance: right click on a track and choose 'Profile' to display its elevation profile, move mouse to get info on specific points.
  • Weather forecast: right click on any point on the map and choose 'Point info', then 'NOAA forecast' to see weather forecast for that area.
  • Import in Garmin Basecamp: to open the downloaded KML in Garmin Basecamp just drag and drop the KML file into the Basecamp window.

You can also use CalTopo to create KML maps to be uploaded to RopeWiki. For more information go to Map Creation.