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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: Sport, 80 ft
FA: Bob Gaines, Dana Adler, Yvonne Gaines, October 1997
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Shared By: Bob Gaines on Mar 23, 2004
Admins: C Miller, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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This is the 10 bolt route left of Run For Your Life (5.10b). The crux is cranking past the first 2 bolts (somewhat height dependent). After that, climb up and left on sharp edges, then steep face moves and some marginal smearing gets you to the top. Good variety of well protected moves on this one.


10 bolts to 2 bolt rap anchor (80 ft.)


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Tony B
Around Boulder, CO
Tony B   Around Boulder, CO
More positive than most routes at the grade and probably not 5.11 if the crux is down low. None the less, a good route with fun movement that's pretty safe. Jan 13, 2006
Scotty Nelson
Scotty Nelson   Boulder
I thought it warranted 5.11.
The cranking crux might be by the second bolt but the toughest part for me was a marginal friction move by the second to last bolt. Mar 6, 2006
As good or better than Run For Your Life -- continuous and excellent face climbing. Crux by 2nd bolt is 5.11, thin moves to top out. Mar 6, 2006
Phil Esra  
Much harder to get off the ground if you're less than 5'6" with zero ape index--becomes impossible to reach the start "jug." And don't blow the third clip, or you'll deck.

Some tricky route-finding and difficult moves scattered throughout the climb, but getting past the 2nd bolt is the cruxiest crux... at least if you're short.

I found the moves less fun than those on Run for Your Life. 3 stars for this one and 4 for RFYL. Dec 1, 2013
erik rieger
Ridgway, CO
erik rieger   Ridgway, CO
Hard down low, slippery up high, sustained throughout. Felt pretty dang 5.11. Amazing position. Jan 3, 2014
Hank G
Flagstaff, AZ
Hank G   Flagstaff, AZ
Better than run for your life. I'm tall, with a +2, so the second bolt wasn't bad, but I felt the fantastically sustained, increasingly cryptic face climbing of the upper-section amazing and worthy of 11-. Nov 2, 2015

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