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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...

11 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',1],['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- HVS 4c     Trad, 4 pitches, 380'   
Hotter Than Hell   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches   
Cold Day in Hell   5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   
Lost Souls   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 3 pitches, 400'   
Tranquility    5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
Atlantis   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   
Jacobs Ladder   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   
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Pitch 2 of Tranquility.

Tranquility 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b  NH : Whitehorse Ledge : ... : Atlantis Area
start in the same flake system as inferno and move up and left at a ledge aiming for a thin finger crack. Jam the crack until its end and step left on to a small corner with a thin crack. protect, step up and commit to 5.10 moves over a bulge to easier ground to the trees....[more]   Browse More Classics in NH

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ernie "dad" hansche at the top of pitch one on Atlantis... already quite exposed and only 1 pitch up...
ernie "dad" hansche at the top of pitch one on Atl...
exposure... on top of atlantis...
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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 Raine
From: Plymouth, NH
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.