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Routes in Tumbling Rainbow Formation

Army Armstrong T A2+
Days of Thunder T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Don't Look A Gift Frog In The Mouth T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Fisticuffs T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Handcuffs T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Rainy Day, Dream Away T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Run For Your Life T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R
Runaway S 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
SDR TR 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Tales of Brave Ulysses T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Tic Tic Boom S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Tonic Boom S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Tumbling Rainbow T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Two Stage T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
White Room T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
Elevation: 4,332 ft
GPS: 34.012, -116.171 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: M. Morley on Nov 18, 2002
Admins: C Miller, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes


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.

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The great and only "Gordo" outta my way scoobs! He shares his way with me, everyone should tie off and listen. Thank you Todd. Aug 15, 2011
Josh Harding
Mariposa, Ca
Josh Harding   Mariposa, Ca
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. Mar 15, 2011
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... Mar 31, 2008
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... Nov 11, 2005
Scotty Nelson
Scotty Nelson   Boulder
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. Nov 10, 2005

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