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Two Tone Zephyr 

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

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Nate Postma & Jeff Engel, 1990
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Submitted By: Ian Harmon on May 19, 2006

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the bulge


Climb up to a large bulge and move right to surmount it. Work your way left after the bulge, then back again right, and finally left to the anchors (that's the way I climb it anyway). One of the best 5.9s at Red Wing.
  • RCM&W #108, p. 135.


This route is immediately around the corner from Goofed on Skunk Weed just right of the arete. This route is approximately 200 yards to the right from the top of the approach trail.


4 bolts, 2 bolt anchor at top. Please use your own hardware for top roping whenever possible.

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Rock Climbing Photo: 1st clip area
1st clip area
Rock Climbing Photo: juggy lower section
juggy lower section
Rock Climbing Photo: above the bulge
above the bulge
Rock Climbing Photo: Brad heading towards the second bolt.
Brad heading towards the second bolt.
Rock Climbing Photo: Two Tone Zypher
BETA PHOTO: Two Tone Zypher

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By Andrew Krosbakken
Nov 17, 2008
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

Sevve I agree about the decking potential but the crack/ flake to the right of the first bolt has some bomber jugs and I never felt sketched out going for the 2nd bolt. There are many other climbs at RW with a higher second bolt than this one and a sketchier landing. And for being a confident 5.10 leader to do this, I don't know. Yes and no. I don't want to offend you Sevve I just don't want to give people the wrong impression of this route.

A very fun climb with a crimpy finish that will test technique. Except for the second bolt being a tish bit high it is well bolted and a must do.
By Andrew May
From: Westminster, CO
Sep 25, 2009

I would have to agree with Andrew.
While there is deck potential, I agree with the way the route was bolted. The climbing between bolts 1 and 2 is relatively easy for the 5.9 grade. I never felt sketchy in that section of the climb. If you can climb 5.9 then you should be just fine on this route.
By chris stampe
Aug 5, 2012

Fun climb. Maybe 5.9+ with the 3rd or 4th bolt placed so far right...

Either way, the small bomber flake next to the 2nd bolt is LOOSE. It has a big X on it now. But if you really must use it, let your belayer know to stand out of the way on the off chance is comes loose.
By Dennie
Sep 15, 2014

Just climbed this for the 1st time yesterday. The flake is there and still somewhat loose but the "X" is no longer there (or is not noticeable). Please be careful!
By BryanE
From: Minneapolis, MN
Apr 26, 2015

Fun route, that second bolt does seem a little high but it's not too bad. Fun climb. Enjoyed climbing it without beta, took a while to figure out where to go though.
By Jason Wells 1
From: West Des Moines, IA
May 31, 2016

Enjoyed this route a lot. Crux to me was definitely between the last bolt and anchors. Super polished. Holds were solid, but not much for feet.
By Bobby Omann
From: Minneapolis, MN
Jun 8, 2016

I reequipped this route on 6/5/2016 with bolts paid for by the MCA. I added a bolt between 1-2 to reduce decking potential. Please note there are 5 bolts now instead of 4 so you don't run out of draws! I moved the 4th (now 5th) bolt a bit back to the left to straighten out the line (in retrospect i could have moved it a bit more but oh well). 2 of the bolts were the originals with SMC hangers placed by Jeff and Nate in 1990 (on lead because of the ethics of the time period, hence the wandering nature) This rig climbs really well and is less scary now for a 5.9 leader. Get on it!
By Bob Kryzer
From: Minnesota
Jul 16, 2016

This newly added bolt is unnatural to the climb and awkward to clip. The route flows well to the 2nd (now 3rd) bolt by doing one more hand move and standing up into a near-to-no-hands rest.

Anyways, thanks for adjusting the last bolt to be more in line with the rest of the bolts.
By Bobby Omann
From: Minneapolis, MN
Aug 3, 2016

Thanks for the feedback, The intention was to reduce groundfall potential for someone who is challenged by the grade and may not want to climb themselves into a run-out to the second bolt. I will go back and re-climb and and figure out what to do whether that be remove the bolt or find a better place.

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