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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
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Type: Trad, 70 ft
FA: John Long, Richard Harrison, Rick Accomazzo & Ging Ginrich, March 1973
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Shared By: AJ on Dec 31, 2001
Admins: C Miller, Greg Opland, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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A prominent line on good rock. Not quite a classic, but still worthy. No OW technique required, and it is not runout with a #5 camalot.

A couple low angle wide crack moves (3-4") lead to the upper crack (5") which is climbed via face holds.


Gear to 5 inches


Tim Bui  
Fun. Worth doing if you are there to do run for you life. Not sure where the "R" rating came from. The climbing is easily protected. Apr 23, 2003
Tumbling Rainbow is a wonderful climb. It walks like an offwidth, quacks like an offwidth, but doesn't climb like one. The climb is full of hand and fist jams that dispense with anything even resembling groveling. The gear is bomber and pretty conventional--#3 and #4 Camalots and a big Hex or two. This climb is NOT an R. Jan 6, 2004
Woody Stark
Woody Stark  
I stepped over Locker's broken body yesterday to lead this route for the first time and decompress from RFYL. It's an excellent route that deserves more than one star and tends to erase my near death experience on RFYL. Pro is great with no runouts. Take all your large cams. Mar 10, 2005
Yucca Valley, CA
Locker   Yucca Valley, CA
while leading this route yesterday, I foolishly tried to stay out of the wide, flaring crack. It was a huge mistake. I popped and my foot is now useless for a few weeks in the least. Stay in that damned wide crack! I was an idiot not to.............and as Woody stated, at least a few large cams #3 and up......the start of the route takes nice small nuts to protect you and oyur belayer............OUCH!!! It is on the list of first routes to complete when I heal...... Mar 10, 2005
Crotch Robbins
Crotch Robbins  
Felt like an OW to me. I couldn't imagine climbing it without getting part way inside the crack. Am I missing something? Mar 21, 2005
Yucca Valley, CA
Locker   Yucca Valley, CA're missing nothing in my is very much and Offwidth a bit chossy and a deffinate partial body move to boot...I was trying to stay out rather than in and was doing relatively good when of course my great new way to do something different drastcally failed and I popped like a bad zit on the forehead of a teen on his way to his first dance.............. Mar 21, 2005
Yucca Valley, CA
Locker   Yucca Valley, CA
Crotch R. wrote some time back and I am finally responding...

"I couldn't imagine climbing it without getting part way inside the crack. Am I missing something?"...

Well I was actually attempting to stay out of the crack and doing pretty damned good until I wasn't... I often try variations. More often than not they are harder. On the occassion of my fall and broken foot it was deffinatly harder... Was it ever!!!... Nov 10, 2005
Russ Walling
Russ Walling
Good route, very adequate pro, and a nice location. Use the rap anchors for Run For Your Life to get off the formation. Jan 13, 2008
i went up to do Run For Your Life - didn't feel comfortable getting to first bolt and opted for Tumbling Rainbow instead.

Wow! What a great little route.

Super well protected; gear up to 4" is nice. No real OW technique required - lots of little crimps and holds in / out of the wide crack area. The top is super fun stemming / face moves.

A short but very fun route! Mar 27, 2010
Good route if you are into this sort of thing. I belayed on the NW corner of the top to avoid the rope dragging in the crack and sucking the cams in. I had a few interesting but bomber hex placements. Feb 13, 2012
Phil Esra  
No OW technique required, but does involve some awkward low-angle arete humping. Looks more beautiful than it climbs, but fun and worth doing. Dec 4, 2013
I did Tumbling few weeks ago and walking off I found CLIMBS Does anyone know the name of the bolted climbs in the hallway behind tumbling rainbow? May 18, 2017
C Miller   CA  
That would be the Solosby Wall, Marcus. May 18, 2017
Daniel Evans
Phoenix, AZ
Daniel Evans   Phoenix, AZ
Loved this route. Such an awesome climb with great views on the summit. I'm an offwidth weenie and brought (2) 4's and (2) 5's. If I were to do it again, I would probably bring the same. Made plugging gear pretty mindless and felt secure the entire way. The lower section is the business and climbs partially like an offwidth in that it is much more secure to keep one leg in the wide the entire way. Small crimps on the face present themselves when you need them to prevent any true offwidth technique, but keeping one leg in the crack is definitely more secure than staying true to the face (really slick!). The top section is pure fun on really positive face features and stemming. Dec 24, 2017

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