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Fat Dad

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Mar 15, 2011 - 12:02am PT
I climbed it starting in the spring of 1985. There were only four of us initially (me, Pete Morgan, Debbiy Gilchrist and Keith Wing) but then they hired three more climbers for the summer.

Rudder, good thing you didn't take a whipper. The thing was so blocky and ledgy that you'd probably bust an ankle five times over. The only thing safe to fall on was the overhang to the left of the Fuerrigen. Fun stuff though.
utahman912

Social climber
SLC, UT
Mar 15, 2011 - 12:35am PT
The late Bob Guisti climbed the Disneyhorn for a few months in 1975. Same time we were just getting into Idyllwild and Joshua Tree.

Reminds me of the food in the beard story...
tom Carter

Social climber
Mar 15, 2011 - 12:55am PT
Didn't Mike Graber work / climb there too?
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Mar 15, 2011 - 12:58am PT
killer thread!
Fat Dad

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Mar 15, 2011 - 05:51pm PT
They hired a young blond woman, pretty as a movie star, to play Alice in Wonderland.

All the Alices and Mary Poppins were really hot. Most other characters they could bury in a costume, but those characters couldn't fake it.

One funny thing I remember was a gag that other employees would pull on Donald Duck. He was a little person with a foul temper so they would pull his time card and place it at the top of the rack where he could never reach it. He'd swear like a sailor and, only a few minutes later, be in costume acting all jovial. If people could only see behind the mask.
m diDonato

Mountain climber
Nwpt Bch , Ca
Sep 28, 2011 - 01:11pm PT
Anyone hear about the current whereabouts of Debbiy Gilchrist?
Climbed with her and would like to touch base.
Spider/Brent

climber
Nov 23, 2011 - 11:49pm PT
By chance I found this site and am a new member. Back in the early to mid 90's is when I climbed the Matterhorn. In 1995 this was the roster of Matterhorn Mountain Climbers in alphabetical order: Doug Achtzehn, Erik Berg, Cooper Boggs, Mike Brown, Ingrid Chlup (before she married Jimmy Payton), Scott Gaerte, Brent Harder, Ben Kingsbury, Nicholas Kline, Todd Miller, Terri Petersen, Wes Schneider, Stu Smith, Steve VanVoorhis, Dave Woods, Steve Zenone. Since I'm a graphic designer, I made up Matterhorn climber T-shirts with everyone's names on it
The famous 5th floor where we all hung out when not climbing.
The famous 5th floor where we all hung out when not climbing.
Credit: Spider/Brent
. This was all before brain buckets (helmets) were required. All of us were real climbers on the outside and smiled each day that we got to climb the Matterhorn thinking thoughts like: "I can't believe they are actually paying us to do something that we love to do"!
Klimmer

Mountain climber
San Diego
Nov 24, 2011 - 12:37am PT
I was at Disneyland with my 2 kids all day Monday, 11-21-2011. We had a blast. 12 hrs+ at The Magic Kingdom.

I was hoping to see the climbers on "The Matterhorn." Nada. Zip.

I think it would have been a good day to do it.

Rained heavy the day before but dry all day Monday. Nice and clean and ready to go. But no climbers. I didn't see any. I kept looking throughout the day.


Q: Are they still climbing the Matterhorn now? Has anyone soloed the Disney Matterhorn?

I'm sure many of us climbers visiting the Magic Kingdom, want to give it a go. The original outdoor climbing gym. It would almost be worth it to get busted and climb it on sight. (Kidding of course)

Someone needs to do a massive girdle multi-pitch climb on the thing. It could be an all day climb. Downclimb and do it again. Repeat.




Nice video from the Disney Matterhorn, from a climbers perspective . . .



Disneyland’s Matterhorn still packed at 50
June 17th, 2009, 7:39 pm
http://ocresort.ocregister.com/2009/06/17/disneylands-matterhorn-still-packed-at-50/10265/


Mickey's Matterhorn Climb 50th
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hlxsjr0EpnI
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
May 12, 2012 - 03:50pm PT
Cross-posting this link, Climbers return to Matterhorn-in the OC:

http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/1823884/Climbers-return-to-Matterhorn-in-the-OC
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
May 12, 2012 - 04:39pm PT
We had a chance to do this as a family. My step-dad wouldn't do the lederhosen.

Credit: StahlBro
Klimmer

Mountain climber
San Diego
May 12, 2012 - 08:53pm PT
Peter,

Thanks for linking . . . cool . . . the climbers will be back in June.


Topic Author's Original Post - May 11, 2012 - 09:27pm PT
Not that interesting but thought it might generate some stories about climbers who had this gig BITD. Lederhosen anyone?

http://ocresort.ocregister.com/2012/05/11/climbers-return-to-disneylands-matterhorn-peak/112605/
jstan

climber
May 12, 2012 - 11:50pm PT
Note on disneyland's parking garage:

THEME PARKS -- Park in the Mickey and Friends parking structure. From the nearby freeways and access roads, follow the signs that say: "Theme Parks." This six-level facility is the second largest parking area in the world. (The largest is at Tokyo Disneyland.) There is tram service from the parking structure to the Disneyland Main Entrance Plaza. Restrooms and drinking fountains are located near the tram loading area under the escalators.

When under construction a train load of materials for the concrete came in daily, a batch plant was constructed on the site, and 48,000 yards were poured each day.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Aug 20, 2012 - 01:25pm PT
from Shorpy.com
from Shorpy.com
Credit: Peter Haan
Indianclimber3

Trad climber
Jan 9, 2013 - 12:48pm PT
JIM CRAREY REMEMBERS…JUNE 1959
“Dick Erb and I were climbing at Tahquitz Rock late spring of 1959, and both 15 at the time. Chuck Wilks, the Sierra Club member who was hired by Disney to place the “pitons” in the side of the mountain, was climbing that morning too. He asked if we wanted a summer job on the Matterhorn. Well duh...”

“The next issue to overcome was doing it. Our soon to be boss, Chuck Corson, told us “Boys, if you can climb it, the job is yours.” On a warm June afternoon, Dick and I reconnoitered for a route. We climbed over the fence erected to keep all out and were about 20' off the ground when accosted by the Disneyland police. We found out that no one told them what we were doing and that we were supposed to take the ride’s elevator to the inside platform and begin from there. Nice start to a summer job...”

“The purpose for us was to provide something to see for the folks waiting hours in line for the ride (sometimes the sign read 4 hours from this point). So 9 times a day, 6 days a week, all summer long and on the weekends between summer 1959 and summer 1960, we climbed the Matterhorn. Dick quit before the 1960 summer and was replaced by Jeff Winslow. I worked that summer and then retired too.”

“The only things I can remember of interest that I can put in print are the 4 hours hanging by rope waiting to repel for Nikita Khrushchev and a time I sprained my ankle and was carried to the infirmary by the Chip and Dale characters.”

In the photo at left from August 3, 1959, Jim is the climber at the top of the photo.
briham89

Big Wall climber
san jose, ca
Jan 9, 2013 - 02:52pm PT
Cool thread and bump
Nate D

climber
San Francisco
Jan 9, 2013 - 03:45pm PT
Yes, cool bump.

What I've been meaning to ask is who has gotten FAs on the new rock in the neighboring Disney California Adventure Park - specifically the Cars Land area? Somebody keeping secrets?? Lots of potential. The Matterhorn is just a beat out old crag these days. :)

I would think the desert rats, like Jeremy and Piton Ron would be all over this stuff:

classics await...
classics await...
Credit: Nate D

Credit: Nate D

highball bouldering on Willy's Butte?
highball bouldering on Willy's Butte?
Credit: Nate D

Credit: Nate D



And how about Grizzly Peak, which has been around quite a few years. Or is that only 4th class...

Somebody must know.
Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Colombia, South America
Jan 18, 2013 - 11:56am PT

Disneyland Hiring Again
Eric Beck

Sport climber
Bishop, California
Jan 18, 2013 - 01:02pm PT
How many Matterhorns? I can think of Anaheim, Sawtooth Ridge and Zermatt. Are there more? Has anyone climbed them all?
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 18, 2013 - 01:06pm PT
I just had a long conversation with a Disney climber and hopefully he will chime in!

Eric- We have one in Tucson too!
Truenorth

climber
Apr 15, 2013 - 02:11am PT
Sometime in the late spring of 1963,Chuck Wilts asked (at a Sierra Club RCS meeting in east LA) if anyone wanted a job climbing on the Disneyland Matterhorn. He had overseen the engineering of the protection anchors on the mountain. Thus I wound up climbing on at Disneyland while one of the regulars was off for his military training for a month. I climbed with Jeff Winslow for the month and then got a job as the Mad Hatter along with Alice and the March Hare. Alice was a very beautiful young woman named Venita Wolfe and she was later on the cover of Playboy Magazine. Dick Erb has related elsewhere how the capacious Mad Hatter's head allowed me ample scope for enjoying privacy in the midst of the thronging crowds while gazing deeply into Venita's remarkable blue eyes through the little screen just above the brim of the hat. Cimbing, even on a peculiar replica mountain has its' charms; fresh air, distant, (sort of) vistas of Anaheim, and on the hottest days the possibility of a visiting swarm of flying red ants blanketing the top of the peak. By contrast the claustrophobic latex Mad Hatter costume with its attendant super hot sweat soaked enclosure more or less guaranteed an existential crisis several times a day. I sometimes just lay on the ground and sadly caused many small children to worry aloud regarding my well being. There was a pleasant spot by the wishing well that provided shade and also the some lilting melodies and birdsong that seemed to come from the depths of a forest glade -right there in smoggy Anaheim-and it was there in that little Eden where, while gazing at Alice's blue eyes ... well... of course earlier Alice and I had made the serious mistake of getting onto the Dumbo ride and I feel in retrospect that she may have saved my life by clinging to me else the unexpected centrifugal forces of Dear Dumbo would have sent me flying ...great bulbous nose green hat and green shoes ... to land with what disastrous consequence is awful to contemplate, as there was a very densely packed crowd marvelling at the sight of Alice and the Mad Hatter flying through the air in floppy eared Dumbo. So I perhaps wasn't entirely rational there by the wishing well. I recently came across my old pay-slips and I was making about $1.45 per hour I think. As Catullus said " The past is past, thou knowst it."
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