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.

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Finding Beta

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This site is currently documenting 1399 locations, with detailed information (ACA rating and rappel details) on 727 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* (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  
Cerberus Canyon (North Fork) Black Mountains North 4.3* (2 ratings) 4A IV 27 270 ft 3.8 miles 10h - 12h MK2
9 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  
Pit of Despair Canyon Princess Bride Range 4.7* (4 ratings) 4B III 8 200 ft 5.9 miles 6h - 8h MKP2
2 Jan 2015  
Inconceivable Canyon Princess Bride Range 4.5* (4 ratings) 4A III 7 285 ft 6.6 miles 7h - 9h MKP2
1 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  
Little Santa Anita Canyon San Gabriels Front Range 4.2* (20 ratings) 3B III 10 50 ft 1.6 miles 3h - 6h MKP2 18 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  
Mary Jane Canyon Big Tujunga Region 3* (1 ratings) 3A III 10 120 ft 2.7 miles 6h 2 7 Dec 2014  
Fall Creek Big Tujunga Region 3.7* (9 ratings) 3B III 4 70 ft 4.6 miles 4h - 6h MKP2 7 Dec 2014  
Portal Canyon Virgin River Gorge 4.6* (6 ratings) 3A IV 12 175 ft 4.4 miles 9h - 13h MKP2
6 Dec 2014  
Great Falls of the Fox Big Tujunga Region 4.2* (11 ratings) 3B IV 8 100 ft 7.3 miles 7h - 13h MKP2 6 Dec 2014  
Antenna Canyon State Line Hills 3.5* (3 ratings) 3A III 7 175 ft 6h - 8h MKP4
30 Nov 2014  
Stone Plus One Big Tujunga Region 3.9* (8 ratings) 3A III 17 136 ft 3.6 miles 5h - 8h MKP2 30 Nov 2014  
Arizona Hot Springs Lake Mead NRA 3.5* (4 ratings) 1A II 0 0 ft 4h - 7h MKP
27 Nov 2014  ‍‍
Secret Canyon (Nevada) Lake Mead NRA 3.1* (4 ratings) 3A III 2 60 ft 4h - 7h MKP2
27 Nov 2014  
Anniversary Narrows Lake Mead NRA 3.9* (3 ratings) 2A II 0 0 ft 3h - 6h MKP4
26 Nov 2014  
Sheepbone and Quarry Canyons Loop Lake Mead NRA 3.2* (3 ratings) 3A II 8 70 ft 5.2 miles 3h - 5h MKP2
26 Nov 2014  
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Locations with good information
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Location Region‍ Quality Rating Raps‍ Longest‍ Hike‍ Time‍ Info Conditions
Stone Plus One Big Tujunga Region 3.9* (8 ratings) 3A III 17 136 ft 3.6 miles 5h - 8h MKP2 30 Nov 2014  
Josephine Creek Big Tujunga Region 3.5* (5 ratings) 3B II 2 170 ft 1.1 miles 2h - 3h MKP2 7 Jul 2014  
Jump Trip (Upper) Sierra National Forest 4.8* (8 ratings) 3C III R 3 70 ft 1.7 miles 6h - 9h MKP
12 Jul 2014  
Stevenson Creek (Lower) Sierra National Forest 4.8* (5 ratings) 4C IV R 12 200 ft 5.5 miles 7h - 10h MKP2
14 Sep 2014  
Active Lava Flow Hawaii 4.3* (1 ratings) POI 2A II XX 0 0 ft 4 miles 2h - 5h MKP2
Haleakala Crater Traverse Maui 3.7* (1 ratings) 2A IV 0 0 ft 10 miles 6h - 9h MKP2
Jump Trip (Lower) Sierra National Forest 4.8* (9 ratings) 3C IV R 7 130 ft 3.6 miles 8h - 13h MKP2
7 Sep 2014  
Piedrita Canyon La Fortuna 3* (2 ratings) 3C I 4 150 ft 1.5 miles 2h - 3h MKP2 24 Jul 2014  
Bailey Canyon San Gabriels Front Range 2.9* (8 ratings) 3A III 12 110 ft 3 miles 5h MKP2 11 Jun 2014  
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  ‍‍
The Subway Zion West Side 4.5* (29 ratings) 3B III 4 50 ft 9.5 miles 6h - 12h MKP2 21 Oct 2014  ‍‍
Spry Canyon Zion National Park 4.3* (24 ratings) 3B III 13 190 ft 3 miles 4h - 8h MKP2 29 Jun 2014  ‍‍
Mystery Canyon Zion East Side 4.4* (3 ratings) 3B III 13 135 ft 8 miles 5h - 9.5h MKP2
Misery Canyon Zion National Park 4.7* (15 ratings) 3B III 5 70 ft 8.9 miles 5h - 12h MKP2 15 Jun 2014  ‍‍
Keyhole Canyon (Zion National Park) Zion National Park 3.9* (4 ratings) 3B I 3 60 ft 0.7 miles 1h - 2h MKP2
Behunin Canyon Zion National Park 4.4* (18 ratings) 3B III 9 170 ft 6.8 miles 5h - 12h MKP2 3 Jul 2014  ‍‍
Egypt 2 Canyon Escalante 3.9* (8 ratings) 3B III 2 280 ft 4.2 miles 6h MKP2 8 Jul 2014  ‍‍
Tar Creek Ventura 3.7* (2 ratings) 3B III 2 200 ft 8.5 miles 6h - 9h MKP2 9 Mar 2014  
Afton Canyon Slot Southern California 3* (2 ratings) 2A I 0 0 ft 0.7 miles 1h MKP2
Rainbow Canyon Death Valley National Park 3* (1 ratings) 3A I 3 150 ft 2.2 miles 2h - 4h MK2
Darwin Falls Death Valley National Park 4.3* (1 ratings) 3B II 3 110 ft 3.3 miles 3h - 6h MK4
Ice Cube Canyon (The Maze) Red Rock Canyon 4.8* (9 ratings) 4B IV 23 190 ft 8 miles 11h - 14h MKP2
1 Mar 2014  ‍‍
Hidden Falls Canyon Red Rock Canyon 3* (3 ratings) 3A III 7 120 ft 5.9 miles 7h - 11h MKP2
11 Oct 2014  
Cougar Canyon (Anza Borrego Desert) Anza Borrego Desert 3.7* (2 ratings) 3B III 13 70 ft 4.7 miles 6h - 9h MKP4
4 May 2014  
Vivian Creek San Bernardino Mountains 3.6* (3 ratings) 3B II 5 180 ft 1.8 miles 2.5h - 6h MKP2 13 Apr 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  
Wonderland of Rocks Joshua Tree National Park 3.7* (1 ratings) 2A III 0 0 ft 5.5 miles 6h MKP2
Grotto Canyon (Death Valley National Park) Tucki Mountains 4.3* (1 ratings) 3A IV 8 100 ft 7 miles 8.5h MK2
Keane Canyon Funeral Mountains 3.7* (1 ratings) 3A III 7 120 ft 5.3 miles 6.5h MKP4
Willow Creek Canyon Black Mountains South 4.3* (1 ratings) 3B III 11 200 ft 4.6 miles 6h - 8h MK2
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Recently modified locations

Location Region‍ Quality Rating Length‍ Depth‍ Raps‍ Longest‍ Hike‍ Time‍ Info Conditions
Upper Drybone Canyon Cottonwood Mountains 3.7* (1 ratings) 3A III 5 180 ft MKP
Stone Plus One Big Tujunga Region 3.9* (8 ratings) 3A III 17 136 ft 3.6 miles 5h - 8h MKP2 30 Nov 2014  
Tachevah Canyon (Dry Falls) San Jacinto Mountains 0* (0 ratings) 3A IV R 250 ft 3.5 miles 14h MK X Unexplored
Josephine Creek Big Tujunga Region 3.5* (5 ratings) 3B II 2 170 ft 1.1 miles 2h - 3h MKP2 7 Jul 2014  
Jump Trip (Upper) Sierra National Forest 4.8* (8 ratings) 3C III R 3 70 ft 1.7 miles 6h - 9h MKP
12 Jul 2014  
Stevenson Creek (Lower) Sierra National Forest 4.8* (5 ratings) 4C IV R 12 200 ft 5.5 miles 7h - 10h MKP2
14 Sep 2014  
Kazamura Cave Hawaii 4.3* (1 ratings) Cave 3A V 17 80 ft 37.3 miles 3h - 2 days P
Wailua Nui Creek (Three Bears) Maui 4.3* (1 ratings) 3B III 2.5 miles 5h - 7h MKP2
Active Lava Flow Hawaii 4.3* (1 ratings) POI 2A II XX 0 0 ft 4 miles 2h - 5h MKP2
Haleakala Crater Traverse Maui 3.7* (1 ratings) 2A IV 0 0 ft 10 miles 6h - 9h MKP2
Wailua Iki Creek (Carpool) Maui 4.3* (1 ratings) 3B II 1.5 miles 3h - 5h MKP
Honomanu Creek (Magnificent King) Maui 0* (0 ratings) 4B R 8h - 12h
Punalau Creek (Excelsior) Maui 4.3* (1 ratings) 3B III 3.5 miles 6h - 8h MKP2
Puohokamoa Creek (Eden) Maui 0* (0 ratings) 3B II 2.5 miles 4h - 5h MK2
Jump Trip (Lower) Sierra National Forest 4.8* (9 ratings) 3C IV R 7 130 ft 3.6 miles 8h - 13h MKP2
7 Sep 2014  
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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)