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Tumbling Rainbow Formation

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Army Armstrong T 
Days of Thunder T 
Don't Look A Gift Frog In The Mouth T 
Fisticuffs T 
Rainy Day, Dream Away T 
Run For Your Life T 
Runaway S 
Tales of Brave Ulysses T 
Tic Tic Boom S 
Tonic Boom S 
Tumbling Rainbow T 
Two Stage T 

Tumbling Rainbow Formation Rock Climbing 

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Location: 34.01232, -116.17133 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: M. Morley on Nov 18, 2002

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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.

Climbing Season

Weather station 10.5 miles from here

12 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Tumbling Rainbow Formation

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Tumbling Rainbow Formation:
Tumbling Rainbow   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Run For Your Life   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Fisticuffs   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 30'   
Runaway   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Days of Thunder   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Rainy Day, Dream Away   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Tic Tic Boom   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
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Featured Route For Tumbling Rainbow Formation
Rock Climbing Photo: Me on the FA (?), mid crux. Jimi Thornburg photo.

Tonic Boom 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b  California : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Tumbling Rainbow Formation
Great location, cool moves and good rock. This quasi unique route was named after an article in the LA Weekly about how Gin was making a comeback... like it ever went away!The crux involves a fairly giant move out of steep laybacks to gain the featured rock above. Standard bolt clipping on perfect gold rock will lead you to the summit. At various times there are runners and extendo clips on some of the bolts. Probably height dependent in spots, and certainly span dependent at the crux....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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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: Mariposa, Ca
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.

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