Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Alpine Guides Climb the Matterhorn - Press Photo

Here's a familiar photo! Its those wacky Alpine Guides climbing Disneyland's Matterhorn. This photo is almost identical to the cover photo of the 1963 Vacationland from Sundays post (link) and was probably taken just moments apart.

Looks like this press photo was to promote the Disneyland Around the Seasons episode of The Wonderful World of Color that would be broadcast just three days after Walt's passing.


Connie Moreno said...

Very neato keen!

Matt said...

Love that NBC logo on the snipe

TokyoMagic! said...

I can see one of your "three fences" down there!

Major Pepperidge said...

I wonder if either of these guys ever climbed a real mountain?

Matterhorn1959 said...

Major-Yes they did. The climbers were recruited through the Sierra Club. The Sierra Club at this time was the premier mountaineering club at the time. I believe the route on the Matterhorn is rated as a 5.8 difficulty route.

Jeff said...

I was one of "Mickey's Mountaineers" in 1985. There are no steps build into the Matterhorn at DLR... all climbing is authentic and potentially dangerous.
All climbers were required to submit their 'climbing resume' of climbs outside the park, then 'audition' by suiting up in the lederhosen character uniform and climb with an existing cast member, before being offered the job.
The climber program is only offered in years with a significant promotional budget, such as the 30th anniversary when I climbed.
In order to have climbers visible throughout the day, we climbed in two alternating teams of 2, meaning we made 8 climbs a day, with eight 30-minute breaks!
All routes were rated using the mountaineering scale, from 5.0 to 5.14a
On hot or smoggy days, we'd chose the easiest routes, to get back inside the mountain. On cooler days, we would take on something a bit more challenging.
Hope you enjoyed this info. There is a climber fan site on Facebook with photos and stories from 5 decades of climbers... "Disneyland Matterhorn Climbers" on FB