The Nepalese call Mt. Everest "Samgarmatha" ("Goddess of the Universe" or literally “Forehead of the Sky”) and Sherpas and Tibetans call it "Qomolangma" ("Goddess Mother of the Land"). For them the mountain is sacred and climbing it was never considered. According to a Sherpa legend, Mt. Everest is the home of a goddess bearing a bowl of food and a mongoose spitting jewels.
Mt. Everest has two main climbing routes, the southeast ridge from Nepal and the north ridge from Tibet, as well as many other less frequently climbed routes. Of the two main routes, the southeast ridge is technically easier and is the more frequently used route. This was Edmund Hillary’s and Tenzing Norgay’s route during the first recorded successful summit in 1953 and the first recognized of fifteen routes to the top by 1996.
Our model of Mt. Everest covers 330 square km in area and spans 4.6 vertical km. It includes the entirety of the Mt. Everest massif (Nuptse, Lhotse, Peak 38, and Shartse on the South Ridge, the West Ridge towering above Rongbuk Glacier and Khumbu Ice Falls, Northeast and Fantasy Ridge, and across the North Col to Changtse), plus numerous nearby peaks and ridges, including Khumbutse, Lingtren, and Pumori to the Northwest, Chukhung and Pokalde to the Southwest, and Island Peak and Cho Polu under Lhotse's massive South face.
Model scale is 1:181800
Model covers an area approximately 18.2 by 18.2 km
Altitudes covered: 4249m to 8848m
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: Viewfinder Panoramas
Viewfinder Panoramas provides cleaned and modified versions of DEM data from ASTER GDEM, SRTM, and local sources. Data used without permission.
The Viewfinder Panoramas home page is http://www.viewfinderpanoramas.org/