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Cold Day in Hell T 
Hotter Than Hell T 
Indian Summer T 
Inferno T 
Jacobs Ladder T 
Lost Souls T 
New Wave Traverse (L to R Girdle of Whitehorse Ledge), The T 
Tranquility  T 
Underground T 
Unforgettable Fire T 
Workshop Orgy (variation of Atlantis) T 

Atlantis Area  

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Submitted By: lee hansche on Jan 17, 2007

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If you can't tell from the route names Hotter than Hell, Inferno, and the like this is a very warm southern exposed cliff. On a summer day it can really live up to the route names...However in the late fall and sometimes winter you can have a pleasant day when the weather is way too cold for other crags....

You can recognize this section on the far left end of the cliff by the tree ledge splitting it at half height...Much like the one splitting the left end of Cathedral.

Must do, Hotter than Hell (5.9) to Inferno (5.8) CLASSIC! Also Atlantis (5.10b), Lost Souls (5.10a), Tranquility (5.10c) among other
great climbs....

Getting There 

A long pretty trail curves through boulders to get you to the far end of the cliff for this area...Pick the trail up just after leaving the parking lot turn right follow it for a while you will see the south buttress getting closer... You will arrive under inferno's start...Have fun...

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.8 miles from here

14 Total Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Atlantis Area:
Inferno   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 4 pitches, 380'   
Hotter Than Hell   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches   
Cold Day in Hell   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   
Lost Souls   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   
Tranquility    5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
Atlantis   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   
Jacobs Ladder   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   
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Featured Route For Atlantis Area
Craig Porter warming to Cold Day in Hell 5.9+

Cold Day in Hell 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a  NH : *Whitehorse Ledge : ... : Atlantis Area
Start as for Hotter Than Hell but move left up the blank corner to a wide crack/ huge block. Surmount the block and clip a bolt on your right, then make thin moves past the bolt and clip another bolt. Move up on easier albeit runout ground to a pin in a horizontal, clip the pin and move left slightly to another pin in a crack. Follow bolts straight up on thin and delicate face moves to a horizontal crack. More thin face climbing passes a bolt to a mantle/lunge for rock spike. Traverse right to t...[more]   Browse More Classics in NH

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By Casey Bald
Sep 15, 2007
it should be know to keep continuity with ed webster's guide and the other guides that this area is considered "the south buttress"......
By Ladd
Sep 16, 2007
Actually I think the best guidebook for Cathedral/Whitehorse is the Jerry Handren Guide, and it names this area the Inferno/Atlantis Area.
By CTYankee
May 5, 2009
Of the many guidebooks I have to the area, the SOuth Buttress is the name of choice by far.
By E thatcher
From: Plymouth/ North Conway (NH)
Nov 7, 2009
Tranquility provides for a very fun and harder alternative to Inferno. If you've done HTH--> Inferno before and want to step it up a notch try cold day in Hell to Tranquility (.10b). It's the finger crack behind the tree just left of Inferno.
By M Sprague
From: New England
Oct 26, 2012
^^ These are sub-areas of The South Buttress, so both are correct.
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