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Pingu the Moutaineer
Season 04, Episode 03
PingutheMountaineer
Air Date January 7, 1998
Previous Pingu Refuses To Help
Next Pingu and the Big Fish
Pingu the Mountaineer is the fourth episode of the fourth season.

Plot

Today, Pingu's dad is cleaning his tractor sledge. Soon his cloth starts to get dirty and he asks Pingu to go into the shed and find him a clean one. Whilst searching, Pingu comes across Dad's old rucksack. Inside he finds an old photograph of Dad in the mountains with a young Grandpa. Behind them are a column of stone slabs marking the summit of the mountain. 

Pingu drags the rucksack out, shows his dad the photo. Pingu wonders if they could go up into the mountains themselves like Dad and Grandpa had done so many years ago. Dad is not so sure; he feels that he might be too old to go climb up mountains at his age and he worries that Pingu might be too young to do it seeing as he had just become an adult when he had done it with Grandpa. Then Dad thinks about how he had felt about it when he had done it before and about how good it will be for him and Pingu to continue the legacy that Grandpa and he had started all those years ago, so he agrees which delights Pingu emencely. They pack up their gear, say goodbye to Mum and they set off into the mountains.

Just as the reach the base of the mountain, the end of the rope trailing along the ground gets caught up between two rocks. Pingu tries flicking it loose, but it will not budge, so he pulls as hard as he can. Finally, the rope comes free, and sends Pingu sliding along on his bottom right in front of the base of the mountain. Pingu and Dad rope themselves together and start to walk along the trail that leads them along the side of the mountain. Dad is leading from the front, so he does not notice that Pingu is sliding along behind him as though he is water skiing, making the climb even harder for him to manage. When Dad realises what Pingu is doing, he stops and gives him a rather stern look, so Pingu starts to walk along the trail once more.

Soon they come to a very narrow ice bridge leading over a very deep crevasse. Pingu suddenly becomes very scared; this was not what he had had in mind when he wanted to climb this mountain. He wants to go back but Dad contines to cross of to the other side of the bridge. Encouraged by his father's courage, Pingu edges his way carefully across the bridge and once on the other side, jumps into Dad's wings with much relief. Once Dad has comforted Pingu, he points out how much closer they are to the top of the mountain, so they carry on along the trail until they finally make it to the column of stone slabs. 

From way up there, they can see their igloo down in the distance. Before they had left early, Dad had remembered to bring his camera with him, so he sets it up on a small mound of snow and takes a new photo of himself in front of the stone column with Pingu, just as he and his father had done, all those years ago.

Characters

Locations

  • Pingu's Igloo
  • Pingu's Shed

Gallery

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