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The Tumbling Rainbow Formation is identified by the elongated S-shaped crack that splits it in two. This wide crack is its namesake Tumbling Rainbow (5.9 R). Run For Your Life (5.10b) ascends the left face. Tonic Boom (5.12d), Tic Tic Boom (5.12a), and Rainy Day, Dream Away (5.11b) lie on the right face. Fisticuffs (5.10b), a somewhat wide splitter, lies further downhill to the right.
From Real Hidden Valley parking area, follow nature trail north to "T" intersection. Head left (NW) on trail. After 100 yards or so, break off west and aim for the highest formation.
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Tumbling Rainbow 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Fisticuffs 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 30'
Run For Your Life 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b R Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Runaway 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Days of Thunder 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Rainy Day, Dream Away 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Tic Tic Boom 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
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Run For Your Life 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b R CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Tumbling Rainbow Formation
A standout climb of the Real Hidden Valley area. A sporty start gives way to fairly well-protected climbing on impeccable stone. A must for those climbing at the grade. To belay, you can simply loop some giant plates on top for an anchor and then use the rap anchors to the left atop Runaway to descend. If you wish you can walk off, although this is long and involved. One positive aspect is it takes you past the Solosby face. Four stars out of five...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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