Sunday, February 5, 2017

Not even in a Province this time

Mount Thor Nunavut
Mount Thor
Watercolour and crayon
©2017 Charlene Brown

This huge granite spike is located in Auyuitttuq National Park on Baffin Island in Nunavut.
I’ve seen it described as the coolest-looking mountain in Canada... Okay, I can agree with that, given that its 1250 m west face is the longest purely vertical drop on earth. But it’s also been described as the meanest-looking mountain in Canada, which I couldn’t understand until I realized they were talking about climbing it! Apparently there were 30 attempts to climb Thor Peak before a team managed to scale it in 1985. It took them almost five weeks – what were they thinking?