If you're not familiar with Mt. Whitney or the High Sierras, do yourself a favor and hit Google image search right now. The extreme ruggedness of the terrain and the endless sunny days make it a photographer's and armchair mountain appreciator's dream. It was not without excitement that this model was prepared for Shapeways. Within the mere 18 square miles covered by this model are dozens of peaks, severe cliff faces, moraines, cirques, and tarns.
Mt. Whitney is the highest peak in the lower 48 states and marks the Southern end of the John Muir Trail. Named after the famous environmentalist and naturalist, this 210-mile-long trail starts in Yosemite National Park and rarely drops below 8000' while passing through the heart of the Sierra Nevadas.
If you've ever climbed Whitney or hiked in the area you will recognize many of the prominent features of this map, as all features larger than about 100' appear in even the smallest (100mm) model. South from the summit are Keeler Needle and Crooks Peak, while just North is Mountaineer's Route. Following the ridge South are Mt. Muir, Discovery Pinnacle, and Mt. McAdie. Heading East from there across Arc Pass are Mt. Mallory and Mt. Irvine. Down from there are Meysan Lake and Consultation Lake. Following Mt. Whitney Trail and Lone Pine Creek down, we see Wotans Throne, Pinnacle Ridge, Thors Peak, and Mirror Lake. Heading up the East side of the map we find the North Fork and Whitney Portal Trailhead, including small flat patches for Upper and Lower Boy Scout Lakes. Peaks on the North side of Whitney include Mt. Russell, Mt. Carillon, and Tunnabore Peak, all surrounding the oddly large tarn Tulainyo Lake. To the Northwest are Mt. Hale and Wales Lake. Along the John Muir Trail to the West is Guitar Lake, and just South of that and rounding out the model are a detailed Mt. Hitchcock and Hitchcock Lakes.
Model scale is 1:23200
Model covers an area approximately 4.3 by 4.3 miles
Altitudes covered: 8941' to 14501'
There is never any vertical exaggeration in TinyMtn models.
TinyMtn models look best in the default "White Strong and Flexible" material, which is also the least expensive material. 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.
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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/