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Tumbling Rainbow 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: John Long, Richard Harrison, Rick Accomazzo & Ging Ginrich, March 1973
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Submitted By: AJ on Jan 1, 2002

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Climber on Tumbling Rainbow (5.9), Joshua Tree NP


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

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By Tim Bui
Apr 23, 2003

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.
By Anonymous Coward
Jan 6, 2004

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.
By Woody Stark
Mar 10, 2005
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

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.
By Locker
From: Yucca Valley, CA
Mar 10, 2005

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......
By Crotch Robbins
Mar 21, 2005
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

Felt like an OW to me. I couldn't imagine climbing it without getting part way inside the crack. Am I missing something?
By Locker
From: Yucca Valley, CA
Mar 21, 2005'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..............
By Locker
From: Yucca Valley, CA
Nov 10, 2005

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!!!...
By Russ Walling
Jan 13, 2008
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Good route, very adequate pro, and a nice location. Use the rap anchors for Run For Your Life to get off the formation.
By nealg
Mar 27, 2010

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!
By Tradiban
Feb 13, 2012
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

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.
By Phil Esra
Dec 4, 2013

No OW technique required, but does involve some awkward low-angle arete humping. Looks more beautiful than it climbs, but fun and worth doing.
By Marcus Aurelius
May 18, 2017

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?
By C Miller
From: CA
May 18, 2017

That would be the Solosby Wall, Marcus.

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