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  • Description 

    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.

    Getting There 

    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.

    2)Take the Rock Jock Trail from Conely Cove to Sunshine Point Trail. This is directly south of Moonshine Canyon, a prominent drainage across from the Prow (roughly). There is a 4-trunked tree of the east side of the RJ trail just north of the intersection. At this intersection there is a black stick (charred rhodo) with a pink flag on it when to turn onto sunshine point from the Rock Jock.

    3)Several pink marker flags have been put up to guide to the end of sunshine point by an unknown source. You will get an excellent view of the NC Wall, Tarantula Ledge, The Amphitheater, etc.

    4)Once you make it to Sunshine Point there are two ways to descend into The Underworld. The first is setting up a rappel from the easy to find rap anchors on the left side of Sunshine Point. You will need at least a full 60m rope to do this in one rappel, but there is an intermediate station. Otherwise start walking left from sunshine point along a faint trail on the rim. After walking 100ft or so (from rap station) you will see a large Hemlock trunk with a static line tied around it. Hand over hand down to the bottom. Follow one of two muddy slab down-scramble options to the climbs. Both trails bring you to the route Cerberus.

    9 Total Routes

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

    The Classics

    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 E5 6a     Trad   
    The Dark Angel   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b     Sport   
    Mark of the Beast   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b     Sport, 60'   
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    Featured Route For The Underworld
    The left bolt line is Mark of the Beast.  Cerberus is the right line.

    Mark of the Beast 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 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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    The upper parts of DWTD Project, 8th Sin, Dark Angel, and Tiers are all visible in this photo
    The upper parts of DWTD Project, 8th Sin, Dark Ang...
    The Underworld is at the top left.  For perspective, Moonshine is the main wall to the right.
    BETA PHOTO: The Underworld is at the top left. For perspectiv...
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    By Ben Sachs
    Jun 24, 2010

    This crag never sees the sun and catches any breeze that might be around. Some routes stay dry in the rain. PM me for alternate heinous approach that shaves a little time.

    By nbrown
    From: western NC
    Jan 8, 2012

    The "heinous" short cut trail is not so heinous anymore and is listed on the main gold coast page under directions.

    By Ben Sachs
    Mar 1, 2012

    That is awesome!

    By Ben Sachs
    Jun 13, 2012

    Blog posts about the crag with more pics: