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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'
Run For Your Life 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b R Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Fisticuffs 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 30'
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'
Tonic Boom 5.12d 7c 28 IX E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 65'
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Tonic Boom 5.12d 7c 28 IX E6 6b CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Tumbling Rainbow Formation
Great location, cool moves and good rock. This quasi unique route was named after an article in the LA Weekly about how Gin was making a comeback... like it ever went away!The crux involves a fairly giant move out of steep laybacks to gain the featured rock above. Standard bolt clipping on perfect gold rock will lead you to the summit. At various times there are runners and extendo clips on some of the bolts. Probably height dependent in spots, and certainly span dependent at the crux....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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