Monday, April 4, 2011

Fact of the day - Canada's Mount Thor

The tallest vertical drop on Earth is Canada's Mount Thor, straight down drop of 1.25 kilometers.

Mount Thor, elevation of 1,675 m (5,495 ft) located in Auyuittuq National Park, on Baffin IslandNunavutCanada. The mountain is located 46 km (29 mi) northeast of Pangnirtung and features the Earth's greatest purely vertical drop at 1,250 m (4,101 ft), with an average angle of 105 degrees. Very remote though camping is allowed near Overlord Peak.
Caution - due to its remote nature the cold and dangerous landscape is not advisable for the unconditioned climber.  

Mount Thor is made up of solid granite is part of Baffin Mountains which in turn form part of the Arctic Cordillera mountain range. First climbed in 1953 by an Arctic Institute of North America team. The team members were Hans Weber, J Rothlisberger and F. Schwarzenbach.


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