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
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
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 1:34800
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.
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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.
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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/