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Tribal Boundaries

5.10a/b, Sport, TR, 60 ft,  Avg: 3.6 from 387 votes
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Idaho > S Idaho > City of Rocks > Flaming Rock


Steep edging through patina, with a slopery finish.

This route is on the northern end of the west face of Flaming Rock. Traverse the ledge in from the right. There is a bolt for the belayer at waist level. There are two 5.10a routes here. The left, all bolt, line is Tribal Boundaries. The right route requires some small gear.

The first couple of hangers are homemade jobs, the rest are factory.


~11 or 12 draws including the anchors.

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David on Tribal Boundaries.
[Hide Photo] David on Tribal Boundaries.
Kristen on TB, June 2011.
[Hide Photo] Kristen on TB, June 2011.
Skyeler Congdon on Tribal Boundaries (c) Mick Follari
[Hide Photo] Skyeler Congdon on Tribal Boundaries (c) Mick Follari
Photo by Jason Blickenstaff
[Hide Photo] Photo by Jason Blickenstaff
Tribal Boundaries
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Starting up Tribal. Great climb in a great setting.
[Hide Photo] Starting up Tribal. Great climb in a great setting.
The route...
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Kat follows Tribal Boundaries
[Hide Photo] Kat follows Tribal Boundaries
Alison on the start of Tribal
[Hide Photo] Alison on the start of Tribal
Thin crimping on Tribal Boundaries
[Hide Photo] Thin crimping on Tribal Boundaries
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Andrei Zippy on Tribal Boundaries
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David Shiembob
slc, ut
[Hide Comment] This thing is so beautiful and classic. It was one of my first 10 leads and was and absolute thrill. Jul 5, 2005
C Miller
[Hide Comment] Fun climbing on good rock but it wasn't as good as I was lead to believe. Still a route worth doing and the Flaming Rock area is a nice escape from the crowds of the more roadside crags. Feb 22, 2006
koji t
[Hide Comment] Great stuff!! hit it up in the AM if its hot out. Jul 17, 2006
James Schroeder
Fort Collins, CO
[Hide Comment] This route is super fun... Dec 2, 2006
Jay Knower
New Hampshire
[Hide Comment] I nominate this as the best bolted 5.10 in the US. Who's with me? Dec 4, 2006
Brian in SLC
Sandy, Utah
[Hide Comment] I might be convinced its the best 5.10a in the City. But, I can think of a couple of 5.10's in the Castle that seem at least as good (Shock and Awe, Red Rib). Dec 5, 2006
Madison, WI
[Hide Comment] I would agree that this is one of the best 5.10's in the park. It's my personal favorite. Jul 28, 2007
susan peplow
Joshua Tree
[Hide Comment] Let the record show G.O that it's 8 bolts for the route, 1 for the belayer and 2 for the top. Making it.......11 total.

Now take that!

Great route even in full sun. Lot's of varnished patina with "what the hell is this" slab at the top.

Susan Aug 14, 2007
John Bradford
Yellowstone National Park
[Hide Comment] Climbed this on Saturday, as good as ever, though the 6th or 7th bolt was a spinner (can't remember which) requiring one extra mini move to nail the bastard. May 12, 2008
[Hide Comment] The setting and position are what make this route a classic. Jul 30, 2008
Bend, OR
[Hide Comment] Fantastic Route! Great moves to the top, and the slabby stuff at the end makes you think a little bit but much easier than some of the other routes with similar ratings. If you have the time (and who doesn't), belay the second from the top; the view and atmosphere are worth it. Aug 24, 2008
Derek Newman
Holladay, UT
[Hide Comment] I absolutely love this climb; it was my favorite climb I've done in the City- though, I've only been there once. I was so intimidated when I saw it. The climb itself is really technical and requires a large amount of balancing. I fell once on the crux (past the fourth bolt I believe) because I went too far right. Aug 2, 2009
Derek Newman
Holladay, UT
[Hide Comment] This climb is now rated a 5.10 B. Aug 3, 2009
Brian in SLC
Sandy, Utah
[Hide Comment] Consensus here has it at 5.10-. I think its 5.10a (climbed it not long after it was put up, prior to several bolts added, and several times since).

Kind of the neat thing about this website is that folks get to vote on the rating.

Ratings are pretty subjective, but, for comparison, I think Double Vision is harder. 'Bout the same as "N and C" on Decadent. Easier than Fall Line. On par with Acid Rain. On par with Just Say Go and Pygmies. Easier than Stan's Roof.

Cheers. Aug 6, 2009
Finn The Human
The Land of Ooo
[Hide Comment] Definitely gets thin! Felt harder than .10a to me, but maybe that's just because of the exposure. By far one of the coolest rock faces I've ever layed eyes on! Sep 12, 2011
[Hide Comment] Note that you can climb up Raindance and then walk over to this climb's anchors to rappel and toprope. Sep 1, 2012
Olympia, WA
[Hide Comment] Compared to other 10a face climbs in the city I think Tribal is a just a bit harder. Was a little disappointed that the last bolt was there right after the last of the difficulties. I'm guessing it one that was added later. Sep 16, 2012
Lindsey Tema Bath
Reno, NV
[Hide Comment] so awesome! i love this route so much its so proud and impressive! hate having to come back down! sucky down repel from raindance kinda though! Oct 4, 2012
Pink Thunder
Sacramento, CA
[Hide Comment] Sweet route. Worth a wait, if there's a line. Jun 10, 2013

[Hide Comment] super fun route, seemed very well bolted. the more difficult sections have a bolt right there, and easier more positive sections they are a little more spaced out, but still appropriate for a 10a climber. top is well protected and fun. Aug 5, 2013
Skat B
Down Rodeo
[Hide Comment] Probably the sickest and most beautiful 5.10- that I have ever climbed. Very well protected although one of the bolts is a spinner. Awesome!! Easy onsight!! Aug 26, 2013
Dr. Long Arm
[Hide Comment] AWESOME route, and one of the most aesthetic lines at the city. I'd call it easily 10b, but if you have strong fingers it might feel easier. Crimpy and balancy. The move onto the slabby section at the top is a little surprising but then the last couple moves are right there. The opening easier moves are fantastic. Apr 27, 2014
Western Antarctic, New Engl…
[Hide Comment] 10b Apr 2, 2017
Max Shaffer
Boston, MA
[Hide Comment] Very reminiscent of the climbing on the Black Velvet Wall in Red Rock. Think Prince of Darkness, but a whole lot shorter. I feel that a route needs more variation to be considered classic. Good intro to the grade though. Jun 12, 2017