Tumbling Rainbow, 5.9
FA: John Long et. al. mid 70's?

Getting to the route and gear beta:
info provided by Russ and Will, maps SteelMonkey

After entering the Real Hidden Valley, look up and left for the Tumbling Rainbow Formation. The popular route Run For Your Life is the bolted face just left of the Tumbling Rainbow route. Follow the well worn trail across the tail end of the Sentinel slabs and work your way up to base of the formation, coming in from climbers left.


Start with a wired nut or small cam and then work up through the sizes to your #4 Camalot. Most of the crack is hand to fist and larger cams are not needed and will not fit. Summit anchor takes medium sized cams.

Will and Fletch making it happen, 1/08

Additional notes and strategy:

There are many rests and face holds to help you out on this one. Look for them on both sides of the wall.

You can use the anchor on top of Run For Your Life to rap back to the base. The walk-off is long and involved, and not advised unless you drop your rope.

Bring a jacket. This is one of the coldest routes in the park.

While sampling the wide on Tumbling Rainbow, the excellent route Fisticuffs is just down and right of the main formation. Try this one too while you are in the area. Take some 3" to 4" cams for the route and the anchor. Walk off is to climbers right.


Mountain Project info on the route.

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