Any fan of mountains must surely appreciate the alpine perfection of the Teton Range in Wyoming, or at least has seen Ansel Adams' famous photograph of the Grand Tetons from Snake River Overlook. This rugged subrange of the Rock Mountains rises 7000' above Jackson Hole (the name of the flat valley), and is home to the town of Jackson and the famous Jackson Hole Mountain (ski) Resort. Three of the entries in "Fifty Classic Climbs of North America" by Roper and Steck are on Grand Teton. It was a no-brainer to bring it to TinyMtn.
This 3d printed map covers the Cathedral Group of the Teton Range and extends from Snowdrift Lake and Avalanche Canyon along the Southern border to Cascade Canyon to the North, and from Bradley Lake and the many falls on the Eastern slope to South Fork and Icefloe Lake to the West. This group contains many of the highest peaks of Grand Teton National Park including Grand Teton, a rugged and steep 13,775' (NAVD88), and nearby Mt. Owen and Teewinot Mtn. South from the highest summits are Middle Teton and Disappointment Peak, and farther are South Teton and Nez Perce. Other minor features, still identifiable on even the smallest print, are East Prong, Valhalla Canyon, Teepe Pillar, Teton Glacier, Glacier Gulch, Amphitheater Lake and Delta Lake, Garnet Canyon, Cloudveil Dome, Shadow Peak, and Lake Taminah. As you run your fingers across this detailed model, you can either imagine you are a 100-mile-tall giant, or simply that you are there in person, on the trail, learning the mountain.
Model scale is 1:86800
Model covers an area approximately 4 by 4 miles
Altitudes covered: 6907' to 13775'
There is never any vertical exaggeration in TinyMtn models.
TinyMtn models are most affordable in the "White Strong and Flexible" and "Sandstone" materials. This model is in "White Strong and Flexible." When you receive the model, there may still be Nylon dust on it from the printing process. Use either an airbrush, canned dust blower, or a soft old toothbrush to remove this dust. Do not get the "White Strong and Flexible" material wet, and don't prime it or use any oil-based paints on it. You can safely seal it with Polycrylic or a similar water-based clear spray sealant. Read more about this popular material here.
The "Frosted Detail" material will show more detail, but is semi-transparent and has an uneven surface texture when unpainted (due to the orientation of the model when Shapeways prints it). It may show up feeling a little greasy and with small crystals in crevasses. Clean those off by soaking the model in warm (but not hot) soapy water and brushing with an old toothbrush. To get the surface to an even matte finish, spray with a few light coats of sandable primer (white automotive primer works), and then do a baking soda grit-blast.
These models have been optimized for the above materials, and are not offered in other materials for strength or cost reasons. If you need one in another material, please contact us and we'll try to accommodate your request.
(C) 2013 TinyMtn (TM)
Model created using GDAL, NetPBM, Gmsh, Carve, MeshLab, and other custom software
Source of digital elevation data: U.S. Geological Survey
The USGS home page is http://www.usgs.gov/