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Tumbling Rainbow Formation

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Army Armstrong 
Days of Thunder 
Don't Look A Gift Frog In The Mouth 
Fisticuffs 
Rainy Day, Dream Away 
Run For Your Life 
Runaway 
Tales of Brave Ulysses 
Tic Tic Boom 
Tonic Boom 
Tumbling Rainbow 
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Tumbling Rainbow Formation 


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Description 

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.


Getting There 

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.


12 Total Routes


['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',3],['5.10',3],['5.11',3],['5.12',2],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Tumbling Rainbow Formation:
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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Featured Route For Tumbling Rainbow Formation
Greg Jackson on Run for your Life.

Run For Your Life 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b 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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By Scotty Nelson
From: Boulder
Nov 10, 2005

Does anyone know what that 20+ foot roof is, to the left of Tumbling Rainbow? There is a finger crack in it -- it looked chalked up, and it looks really, really hard and wild.

By Todd Gordon
Nov 11, 2005

The big-ass roof to the left of T. Rainbow is Army Armstrong......A2+.......(take a fishhook to hook a big ol' flake once over the roof.....a fun and worthy aid climb....will/has it gone free?......who knows...

By peachy spohn
Mar 31, 2008

does anybody know if a hold has broken off tic tic boom past the third bolt (piton included) through the crimpy section? I was on it a few days ago and it seemed a lot harder than i remember...

By Josh Harding
From: Joshua Tree, California
Mar 15, 2011

A route named Run From Your Wife (10c) to the left of Runaway is not included in this list. Good route, one bolt leading to a crack to a second bolt, I think, needs more traffic. Worth doing if you are climbing that dome.

By Nick Patrick
Aug 15, 2011

The great and only "Gordo" outta my way scoobs! He shares his way with me, everyone should tie off and listen. Thank you Todd.