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 1509 locations, with detailed information (ACA rating and rappel details) on 819 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
Thornton Creek North Cascades 4.7* (4 ratings) 4C II 9 200 ft 0.5 miles 8h MKP2
30 Jun 2015  
Jump Trip (Lower) Sierra National Forest 4.9* (11 ratings) 3C IV R 7 130 ft 3.6 miles 8h - 13h MKP2
27 Jun 2015  
Lytle Creek (Middle Fork) Lytle Creek Area 4.1* (10 ratings) 3B III 5 105 ft 6.6 miles 6h - 9h MKP2 22 Jun 2015  
Big Creek (Canyon of the Dammed) Sierra National Forest 4.4* (6 ratings) 3C III 13 195 ft 2.5 miles 5h - 7h MKP
21 Jun 2015  
Seven Teacups Sequoia National Forest 4.6* (14 ratings) 3C III 5 60 ft 5.1 miles 4h - 7h MKP2
20 Jun 2015  
Eaton Canyon San Gabriels Front Range 4.5* (19 ratings) 3B IV 7 80 ft 7.5 miles 6h - 8h MKP2 20 Jun 2015  
Little Santa Anita Canyon San Gabriels Front Range 4.1* (22 ratings) 3B III 10 50 ft 1.6 miles 3h - 6h MKP2 17 Jun 2015  
Parkett Creek Cascade Mountains 4.7* (4 ratings) 3C II 6 150 ft 2 miles 4h - 6h MKP
14 Jun 2015  
Moffett Creek Columbia River Gorge 3* (3 ratings) 3C1 IV 11 160 ft 12.8 miles 12h MKP
13 Jun 2015  
South Branch Feather River (Log Ride) Plumas National Forest 4.8* (6 ratings) 3C III 12 130 ft 3.8 miles 6h - 9h MKP4
13 Jun 2015  
Eagle Creek Canyon Columbia River Gorge 4.6* (6 ratings) 3C III R 3 95 ft 7 miles 5h - 8h MKP 12 Jun 2015  
Rattlesnake Creek (Conda Coolero) Mendocino National Forest 3.5* (3 ratings) 3C1 II 3 65 ft 1.8 miles 2h - 5h MKP
7 Jun 2015  
Jump Trip (Upper) Sierra National Forest 4.8* (9 ratings) 3C III R 3 40 ft 1.7 miles 3h - 8h MKP
6 Jun 2015  
Kolob Canyon Zion West Side 4.4* (16 ratings) 3C V R 14 165 ft 7.8 miles 8h - 22h MKP2 6 Jun 2015  
Deadeye Dick Canyon Zion National Park 4.2* (3 ratings) 3A II 6 120 ft 9.5 miles 7h - 8h MKP 6 Jun 2015  
Snoqualmie River (South Fork) Alpine Lakes 4.2* (4 ratings) 3C III 3 100 ft 6h - 7h MKP2
6 Jun 2015  
Old Bill Canyon Red Rock Canyon 4.1* (3 ratings) 4B V 9 260 ft 6.9 miles 11.5h - 13.5h MKP2
5 Jun 2015  
Rubio Canyon San Gabriels Front Range 3.8* (13 ratings) 3A II 6 90 ft 1.6 miles 3h - 5h MKP 4 Jun 2015  
Denny Creek Canyon Alpine Lakes 3* (3 ratings) 3B III 4 150 ft 2.2 miles 5h - 8h P2 30 May 2015  
Lost Creek Cascade Mountains 4.8* (5 ratings) 3C II 5 60 ft 1.1 miles 4h - 5h MKP
26 May 2015  
Sardine Creek Cascade Mountains 3.9* (5 ratings) 3C II R 6 90 ft 2.5 miles 4h - 5h MKP4
25 May 2015  
South Fork Clackamas River Cascade Mountains 3.3* (3 ratings) 3C II 4 60 ft MKP 24 May 2015  ‍‍
Memaloose Creek Cascade Mountains 3.4* (2 ratings) 3C I 3 70 ft 3 miles MKP 24 May 2015  ‍‍
Whale Creek Cascade Mountains 4.7* (4 ratings) 3C IV 8 270 ft MKP
23 May 2015  
Helion Creek Cascade Mountains 3.9* (4 ratings) 3B III 4 110 ft 2.4 miles MKP
22 May 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
Britannia Creek Vancouver 4.2* (2 ratings) 3C II 7 82 ft 0.1 miles 4h - 6h MKP
Thornton Creek North Cascades 4.7* (4 ratings) 4C II 9 200 ft 0.5 miles 8h MKP2
30 Jun 2015  
Terepocki Creek Vancouver 3.7* (1 ratings) 3C II 4 80 ft 2.2 miles 3h - 4h MK2
Percy Creek Vancouver 3* (1 ratings) 3C III 11 197 ft 1.9 miles 8h - 10h MK2
Monmouth Canyon Vancouver 4.2* (3 ratings) 3C III 11 150 ft 3.4 miles 8h - 10h MKP2
31 Aug 2014  
Box Canyon (British Columbia) Vancouver 4.6* (3 ratings) 3C II 8 100 ft 1.9 miles 3h - 4h MKP2
30 Aug 2014  
Clear Creek (San Juans) San Juan Mountains 3.8* (2 ratings) 3C1 III 9 200 ft 1.5 miles 8h MKP4
Bailey Canyon San Gabriels Front Range 2.9* (8 ratings) 3A III 12 110 ft 3 miles 5h MKP2 11 Jun 2014  
Big Creek (Canyon of the Dammed) Sierra National Forest 4.4* (6 ratings) 3C III 13 195 ft 2.5 miles 5h - 7h MKP
21 Jun 2015  
McCoy Creek (Colorado) Elk & Sawatch Ranges 3* (1 ratings) 3C III 5 140 ft 6 miles 8h - 10h MKP4
South Branch Feather River (Log Ride) Plumas National Forest 4.8* (6 ratings) 3C III 12 130 ft 3.8 miles 6h - 9h MKP4
13 Jun 2015  
Moffett Creek Columbia River Gorge 3* (3 ratings) 3C1 IV 11 160 ft 12.8 miles 12h MKP
13 Jun 2015  
Parkett Creek Cascade Mountains 4.7* (4 ratings) 3C II 6 150 ft 2 miles 4h - 6h MKP
14 Jun 2015  
Helion Creek Cascade Mountains 3.9* (4 ratings) 3B III 4 110 ft 2.4 miles MKP
22 May 2015  
Eaton Canyon San Gabriels Front Range 4.5* (19 ratings) 3B IV 7 80 ft 7.5 miles 6h - 8h MKP2 20 Jun 2015  
Eagle Creek Canyon Columbia River Gorge 4.6* (6 ratings) 3C III R 3 95 ft 7 miles 5h - 8h MKP 12 Jun 2015  
Tenaya Canyon Yosemite National Park 3.9* (3 ratings) 3B IV 4 70 ft 10 miles 10h MKP2
Cabin Creek Columbia River Gorge 3.7* (4 ratings) 3C I 3 150 ft 1 miles 2h - 3h MKP2
27 Feb 2015  
Warren Creek Columbia River Gorge 3.5* (4 ratings) 3C II 3 140 ft 1.7 miles 3h - 4h MKP2
1 May 2015  
Deadeye Dick Canyon Zion National Park 4.2* (3 ratings) 3A II 6 120 ft 9.5 miles 7h - 8h MKP 6 Jun 2015  
Old Bill Canyon Red Rock Canyon 4.1* (3 ratings) 4B V 9 260 ft 6.9 miles 11.5h - 13.5h MKP2
5 Jun 2015  
Sardine Creek Cascade Mountains 3.9* (5 ratings) 3C II R 6 90 ft 2.5 miles 4h - 5h MKP4
25 May 2015  
Kolob Canyon Zion West Side 4.4* (16 ratings) 3C V R 14 165 ft 7.8 miles 8h - 22h MKP2 6 Jun 2015  
Memaloose Creek Cascade Mountains 3.4* (2 ratings) 3C I 3 70 ft 3 miles MKP 24 May 2015  ‍‍
Lost Creek Cascade Mountains 4.8* (5 ratings) 3C II 5 60 ft 1.1 miles 4h - 5h MKP
26 May 2015  
Pine Creek Canyon Zion National Park 4.5* (28 ratings) 3B II 7 100 ft 1.3 miles 2h - 6h MKP2 3 Jul 2014  ‍‍
Jump Trip (Upper) Sierra National Forest 4.8* (9 ratings) 3C III R 3 40 ft 1.7 miles 3h - 8h MKP
6 Jun 2015  
Jump Trip (Lower) Sierra National Forest 4.9* (11 ratings) 3C IV R 7 130 ft 3.6 miles 8h - 13h MKP2
27 Jun 2015  
Pup Creek Cascade Mountains 4.3* (3 ratings) 3C IV 8 275 ft 1.5 miles 12h MKP 13 Sep 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  ‍‍
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Recently modified locations

Location Region‍ Quality Rating Length‍ Depth‍ Raps‍ Longest‍ Hike‍ Time‍ Info Conditions
Britannia Creek Vancouver 4.2* (2 ratings) 3C II 7 82 ft 0.1 miles 4h - 6h MKP
Thornton Creek North Cascades 4.7* (4 ratings) 4C II 9 200 ft 0.5 miles 8h MKP2
30 Jun 2015  
East Fork of the Kaweah (Oak Grove) California Sierras 3.7* (1 ratings) 3C III 1 60 ft 4 miles 7h - 10h P2
Mesatchee Creek South Cascades 3.7* (1 ratings) 3C IV 5 150 ft 6h MKP
Middle Fork of the Kaweah (Bends) C 3* (1 ratings) 2C I R 2 0 ft 1.2 miles 1.5h - 3h P2
Lower East Fork of the Kaweah California Sierras 3.7* (1 ratings) 2C II PG 1 30 ft 1.5 miles 2h - 4h P2
Gorge Creek Canyon North Cascades 4.3* (1 ratings) 3C3 II R 5 160 ft 4h - 6h MKP
Skwellepil Creek Vancouver 3* (1 ratings) 2C II 1 49 ft MK
Maisal Creek Vancouver 3* (1 ratings) 3C III 6 115 ft MK2
Weaver Creek Vancouver 3* (1 ratings) 3C II 7 49 ft MK
Norrish Creek Canyon Vancouver 3.7* (1 ratings) 2C II 0 0 ft MK2
Lost Creek (British Columbia) Vancouver 3.7* (1 ratings) 3C I 30 ft 1h - 2h MK2
Terepocki Creek Vancouver 3.7* (1 ratings) 3C II 4 80 ft 2.2 miles 3h - 4h MK2
Brothers Creek Vancouver 1.7* (1 ratings) 3C I 1 39 ft MK
Mosquito Creek Vancouver 3* (1 ratings) 3C III 10 66 ft MK2
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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)