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The Underworld Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: mschlocker on Aug 26, 2006

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Underworld Area - Mission Gorge

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A kind of "secret" area away from the crowds. This area sees little traffic as it is off the main trail. A good spot for some solitude on a busy day at The Gorge.

Getting There 

A faint trail leads down to it from between Lunch Rock and Vawter's Dihedral area. The climbs are pretty much right below Vawter's Dihedral.

Climbing Season

For the Mission Gorge area.

Weather station 4.4 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in The Underworld

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Underworld:
Joe's V Slot   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 35'   
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Featured Route For The Underworld
Rock Climbing Photo: Joe's V-Slot.  The best of two fun climbs combined...

Joe's V Slot 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  California : San Diego County : ... : The Underworld
A culmination of the best of "Joe's 5.8" and "The V Slot". Traverse up and left using a nice hand crack that is the start of "Joe's 5.8". Pull up to the dihedral, clip the bolt and continue up the dihedral of "The V Slot". The crux is the last few moves....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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By david baker
From: jamul, ca
Feb 7, 2007
The anchor bolts for the Under World have all been smashed. You can build a gear anchor but you will have to belay from the top.
By mschlocker
From: San Diego, CA
Apr 10, 2007
There is still one anchor at the underworld that is awaiting hanger replacement. There is a difference between bolts and hangers.

Update - now they're all good.
By Kyle Wills
From: Chicago, IL
Dec 14, 2010
"kinda secret area, sees less traffic" aka BEWARE of loose rock! Took a pretty serious tumble wrecking both my ankles and left wrist in the process whilst scrambling across the top of the formation to set up an top rope solo anchor.

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