The West Face of Thor

I have had several inquiries regarding the “crazy-looking mountain” since I started posting images from Nunavut so I thought I would devote a post to the incredible west face of Mount Thor.

Thor is just one of several wild peaks found in Auyuittuq National Park, on rugged Baffin Island. Mount Odin is flanked by giant cliffs on most aspects and is by definition the most prominent peak on the entire island. Asgard and its trademark twin towers have received much attention in the last few years and have arguably become Baffin Island best known high point. Breidablik boasts fairytale cliffs that embrace a swirling glacier.

Then there is Thor and its commanding, humongous west face. This is where one can marvel in silence at the greatest purely vertical drop on Earth at 1,250 m (4,101 ft). In fact it is beyond vertical, as it averages 105 degrees. From a photographer’s standpoint, such features are overwhelming. This is my attempt at conveying how big that place really is.