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The Underworld cave sits just below Sunshine Point on the Gold Coast/West side of the Linville Gorge. It is also across from The Tarantula Ledge (between the NC Wall/Amphitheater). Rediscovered by Ben Sachs in the summer of 2009, the crag had one established route from the 80's, but had seemingly been abandoned. Along with a few others, we established several new climbs during Winter and Spring 2010. Welcome to the steepest sport routes in the High Country.
1) Drive Kistler Memorial Highway on the west side of the gorge. Continue on Kistler HWY past Wiseman's View. Keep driving 1.3miles to Conely Cove Parking. Other options do exist.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Underworld:
Satan's Glory 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad
The Dark Angel 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Mark of the Beast 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport, 60'
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Mark of the Beast 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b NC : Linville Gorge : ... : The Underworld
This route has great variety. A crimpy face leads to a tough, steep roof. Sequential climbing on the headwall leads to pumpy jugs. This route is fun and sustained with good flow on great rock. It has some technical steep face climbing, a bit atypical for the cliff. A personal favorite. ...[more] Browse More Classics in NC
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