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Tribal Boundaries 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a

Type:  Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10- French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
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Submitted By: kBobby on Jun 27, 2005

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Steep edging through patina, with a slopery finish.

This route is on the northern end of the west face of Flaming Rock. Traverse the ledge in from the right. There is a bolt for the belayer at waist level. There are two 5.10a routes here. The left, all bolt, line is Tribal Boundaries. The right route requires some small gear.

The first couple of hangers are homemade jobs, the rest are factory.


~11 or 12 draws including the anchors.

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Starting up Tribal. Great climb in a great setting.
Starting up Tribal. Great climb in a great setting...

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By David Shiembob
From: slc, ut
Jul 5, 2005
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

This thing is so beautiful and classic. It was one of my first 10 leads and was and absolute thrill.
By C Miller
Feb 22, 2006
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Fun climbing on good rock but it wasn't as good as I was lead to believe. Still a route worth doing and the Flaming Rock area is a nice escape from the crowds of the more roadside crags.
By koji t
Jul 17, 2006

Great stuff!! hit it up in the AM if its hot out.
By James M Schroeder
From: Sauk County, WI
Dec 2, 2006
rating: 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b

This route is super fun...
By Jay Knower
From: Campton, NH
Dec 4, 2006

I nominate this as the best bolted 5.10 in the US. Who's with me?
By Brian in SLC
Dec 5, 2006
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

I might be convinced its the best 5.10a in the City. But, I can think of a couple of 5.10's in the Castle that seem at least as good (Shock and Awe, Red Rib).
By Remo
From: Madison, WI
Jul 28, 2007

I would agree that this is one of the best 5.10's in the park. It's my personal favorite.
By susan peplow
From: Joshua Tree
Aug 14, 2007
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Let the record show G.O that it's 8 bolts for the route, 1 for the belayer and 2 for the top. Making it.......11 total.

Now take that!

Great route even in full sun. Lot's of varnished patina with "what the hell is this" slab at the top.

By John Bradford
From: Yellowstone National Park
May 12, 2008

Climbed this on Saturday, as good as ever, though the 6th or 7th bolt was a spinner (can't remember which) requiring one extra mini move to nail the bastard.
By tom selleck
Jul 30, 2008

The setting and position are what make this route a classic.
By Ben2
From: Bend, OR
Aug 24, 2008
rating: 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Fantastic Route! Great moves to the top, and the slabby stuff at the end makes you think a little bit but much easier than some of the other routes with similar ratings. If you have the time (and who doesn't), belay the second from the top; the view and atmosphere are worth it.
By Derek Newman
From: Holladay, UT
Aug 2, 2009
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

I absolutely love this climb; it was my favorite climb I've done in the City- though, I've only been there once. I was so intimidated when I saw it. The climb itself is really technical and requires a large amount of balancing. I fell once on the crux (past the fourth bolt I believe) because I went too far right.
By Derek Newman
From: Holladay, UT
Aug 3, 2009
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

This climb is now rated a 5.10 B.
By Brian in SLC
Aug 6, 2009
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Consensus here has it at 5.10-. I think its 5.10a (climbed it not long after it was put up, prior to several bolts added, and several times since).

Kind of the neat thing about this website is that folks get to vote on the rating.

Ratings are pretty subjective, but, for comparison, I think Double Vision is harder. 'Bout the same as "N and C" on Decadent. Easier than Fall Line. On par with Acid Rain. On par with Just Say Go and Pygmies. Easier than Stan's Roof.

By Finn the Human
From: The Land of Ooo
Sep 12, 2011
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

Definitely gets thin! Felt harder than .10a to me, but maybe that's just because of the exposure. By far one of the coolest rock faces I've ever layed eyes on!
By bmdhacks
Sep 1, 2012

Note that you can climb up Raindance and then walk over to this climb's anchors to rappel and toprope.
By Drederek
Sep 16, 2012
rating: 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b

Compared to other 10a face climbs in the city I think Tribal is a just a bit harder. Was a little disappointed that the last bolt was there right after the last of the difficulties. I'm guessing it one that was added later.
By Lindsey Tema Bath
From: Reno, NV
Oct 4, 2012
rating: 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b

so awesome! i love this route so much its so proud and impressive! hate having to come back down! sucky down repel from raindance kinda though!
By Pink Thunder
From: Colorado Springs
Jun 10, 2013
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

Sweet route. Worth a wait, if there's a line.
By slim
Aug 5, 2013
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

super fun route, seemed very well bolted. the more difficult sections have a bolt right there, and easier more positive sections they are a little more spaced out, but still appropriate for a 10a climber. top is well protected and fun.
By Skat B
From: Down Rodeo
Aug 26, 2013
rating: 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b

Probably the sickest and most beautiful 5.10- that I have ever climbed. Very well protected although one of the bolts is a spinner. Awesome!! Easy onsight!!
By idahomike
Apr 27, 2014
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

AWESOME route, and one of the most aesthetic lines at the city. I'd call it easily 10b, but if you have strong fingers it might feel easier. Crimpy and balancy. The move onto the slabby section at the top is a little surprising but then the last couple moves are right there. The opening easier moves are fantastic.