Many moons ago, I was a tour guide at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, where I met people from all over the world. It was wonderful. One of the most famous rides in the park was ‘The Matterhorn’, a mild, bobsled roller coaster ride, built in 1959 and fashioned after the beautiful Alpine peak. So, the Matterhorn has been part of my consciousness for a long time.
The Matterhorn is a pyramidal peak of the Pennine Alps range and rises to 14, 692 feet. It’s one of the highest summits in the Swiss Alps. To the northeast, the Matterhorn overlooks the Swiss town of Zermatt. The first ascent of the Matterhorn occurred in 1865 from Zermatt, but ended in disaster when four of its members fell to their deaths on the descent. Quote: It is estimated that over 500 alpinists have died on the Matterhorn since the first climb in 1865, making it one of the deadliest peaks in the world. (Source)
The famous town of Zermatt, of nearly 6000 residents, serves as a mountaineering and ski resort. Here is the origin of the names of both Zermatt and the Matterhorn, quote: The name of Zermatt, as well as that of the Matterhorn itself, derives from the alpine meadows, or matten (in German), in the valley. (Source)
Here’s an amazing, short video of summiting the Matterhorn. I have to admit, this one freaked me out a little. I’m not a rock climber, at all, but even so, it was amazing. The next video is more my style: A helicopter flight to the Matterhorn. The last, longer video is a pictorial of the lovely, quaint town of Zermatt, Switzerland situated near the Matterhorn. Lots of flower boxes.
FunFacts about Matterhorn: (Source)
- The Matterhorn straddles the Swiss-Italian border.
- A metal cross at the top of the Matterhorn commemorates the lives of those lost while climbing the mountain.
- The mountain could ‘technically’ be considered African. Millions of years ago, the African continental plate slammed into the European plate. The hard, gneiss rock on top has been determined by scientists to be African.
- The four faces of the peak of the Matterhorn actually face north, east, south and west.
- At the base of the Matterhorn is an igloo hotel, made of snow, and offering half a dozen hotel rooms as well as a bar and a restaurant.
- In 1871, an Englishwoman named Lucy Walker – and wearing a long flannel skirt — became the first woman to ascend the Matterhorn.
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