Our planet is blessed with many areas of intense natural beauty, but I suspect
you're browsing TinyMtn here on Shapeways because the intense, rugged, and alpine
beauty is the kind that pleases you most. Whether you are a expert climber, dedicated
backcountry hiker, car camper, or armchair mountain aficionado, you have to agree
that Glacier National Park in Montana offers some of the most spectacular terrain
in the United States. It was so hard to choose just one peak for the first TinyMtn
release, but when I saw photos of Mt. Wilbur, I fell in love.
Even though it's not on the Going-To-The-Sun Road (the most popular attraction
in Glacier), Mt. Wilbur is the focal point from the Many Glacier Hotel and
Swiftcurrent Lake, both easily accessible from the Many Glacier entrance.
Called "Heavy Shield" by the Native Americans, Wilbur is a three-sided mountain
extending just East from the Continental Divide, and rises over 4000' from its
Our model of Mt. Wilbur covers the summit and massif and a number of surrounding
features. Windmaker Lake and Redrock Lake mark the Southern extent.
To the North, in the deep cirque surrounded by Mt. Wilbur, Iceberg Peak, and
a ridge along the Continental Divide is Iceberg Lake, named because you can find
icebergs there, even at the height of summer.
Accomplished climbers can trace out their route, whether the Central Couloir,
Direct, North Couloir,
Chimney, or Thin Man's Pleasure Routes (all class 4 and 5 gulley climbs).
Model scale is 1:23900
Model covers an area approximately 3 by 3 miles
Altitudes covered: 5082' to 9318'
There is never any vertical exaggeration in TinyMtn models.
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TinyMtn models are most affordable in the "Sandstone" and "White Strong and Flexible" materials. This model is in "Sandstone," which is a glued gypsum material. When you receive the model it will be ready for display, though it may smell funny and need some time to air out. "Sandstone" models are much more brittle than "White Strong and Flexible" models, but feel more like light stone. Do not soak it in water, though you can safely seal it with Polycrylic or a similar water-based clear spray sealant. Read more about this popular material here.
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) 2014 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/