Zenyatta Mondatta Photo TR -10/08


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Trad climber
Phoenix, AZ
Oct 17, 2008 - 10:28pm PT
Nice job guys. Some sick looking walling going on there!
Conragts, Brian!
Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Oct 17, 2008 - 10:40pm PT
Great TR.Congrats

"Zenyattà Mondatta has been translated as Sanskrit for "Top of the World"."

Highly unlikely (and that's generous) For one thing, there is no "Z" in Sanskrit.



Sneaking up behind you...
Oct 17, 2008 - 11:19pm PT
T Moses

Trad climber
Paso Robles
Oct 18, 2008 - 02:05am PT
Cut and paste from Google search:

"Zenyatta Mondatta was originally going to be called Trimondo Blondomina, meaning "three blond guys (dominating the world)," but the band did not want another title referring to "blond" so it was shot down. They reached a consensus with Zenyatta Mondatta. Zenyatta Mondatta is supposedly a composite of several things. "Zen" comes from the eastern religion. "Yatta" is rumored to have ties to Kenyatta (the leader of the Mau Mau's of Congo-Zaire-Kenya). "Mond" comes from "Monde" - the French word for world. The whole thing was then articulated in such a way to sound like "Reggatta." Another possibility is that the title came from "Zenith" and "Monde," which means "Top of the World." A third theory: In Japanese, Zenyatta Mondatta has a somewhat rude meaning: "gave money, gave a massage."

P.S. Great TR!

Big Wall climber
Oct 18, 2008 - 08:31am PT
Nice TR - Good work!

I did the route four or five years ago - I don't recall any of that graffiti - where is it at?

Trad climber
Oct 18, 2008 - 09:00am PT

The script was in the middle of the short bolt ladder on P13.


Big Wall climber
A place w/o Avitars apparently
Oct 18, 2008 - 10:13am PT
Very nice TR.

'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
Oct 18, 2008 - 10:50am PT
Kristoffer - how're your kidneys? Did you ever get back on SG? It looked from above like you were going to - what happened? Ran outa time?

Great writing and fun quotes:

"All I'll say is bring extra hooks and duct tape if you want pro in some spots."

"It goes, just pick the right hook!"


Cardiff by the sea
Oct 18, 2008 - 11:14am PT
Great pictures and report Matt. You show alot of passion for the Captain. Nice send!


Big Wall climber
Yosemite, CA
Oct 18, 2008 - 11:49am PT

Far and away, this IS one of the more impressive photo TRs of the year...right up there and great shots. Thanks for your TR. It really brings me into the El Cap mojo zone.

I am glad everything came together for you. Partners, the climbing, the vibe. Beautiful.

I really liked what you wrote. It captured so many of my own feelings about climbing El Cap routes at my limit, soloing, and the experience of chasing life on the Captain.


Sport climber
Meff-ferr, Oregon
Oct 18, 2008 - 09:08pm PT
Stellar TR! Congrats on the send!
I've looked at these pics a bunch now. Super inspirational to local wannabes like me. Thanks.
David Nelson

San Francisco
Oct 19, 2008 - 01:59pm PT
Great TR, probably sets a new standard for writing and pix. Can't beat the close-ups and perspective shots. Nice collaboration.

(IMHO: This is the best use of ST, not the flame wars or political BS that is not climbing-relevant. The Archive feature of ST will make this available to other brave souls who are contemplating ZM.)

Trad climber
Oct 19, 2008 - 02:22pm PT
Nice TR,
Great pics. I really enjoyed your intro.

Tacoma, Toyota
Oct 19, 2008 - 10:10pm PT
Nice send guys. And great insight into the climb.

Big Wall climber
San Diego, California
Oct 20, 2008 - 02:59am PT
Hey Pete, I don’t want to hijack this thread with my BS but yeah my back and kidneys feel fine now… I never ended up sending anything on that trip so I feel in some ways I just wasted my time up there but in other ways I felt like I learned the lesson that you can’t win every battle and what comes around goes around… there will be plenty of time for suffering later.


Trad climber
The state of confusion
Oct 20, 2008 - 08:45am PT
Great report and awesome climbing,
guys. WOW!

Gym climber
Otto, NC
Oct 20, 2008 - 11:51am PT
Way to take the plunge there Lambone...you lived! you sent!

This feeling of satisfaction will glow for some time. Then, you will pull out the ol' guidebook again, or look at a photo...hoboy. then what?

Ice climber
Ashland, Or
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 20, 2008 - 02:10pm PT
Yo, thanks everybody!

Rhodo, the only answer...get back up there! I'm back in the Valley plotting on round 3 with the Captain and two friends. No bivis this time, cant wait. Ooooohhhhh!

radical, Captain...suck? Are you kiding me? Suck it up. Yeah it's hard, but you gotta keep it fun no matter how bad the epic. If it's sucking you might as well go do Royal Arches with the n00bs.
Ottawa Doug

Social climber
Ottawa, Canada
Oct 20, 2008 - 02:23pm PT
Ditto for what Hollyclimber said. I loved what you wrote. If we were having beers, I'd be saying all the same stuff. Proud send and an awesome report with outstanding pics. ('aint it great to have Tom Evans shooting your trip!)

Thanks a ton,


Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Oct 20, 2008 - 02:49pm PT
Well done guys!
Bump for climbing thread.
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