Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Baffin Island - Who Knew?

Photo: Nestor Lewyckyj
No, It's not Gondor, it's Baffin Island. Tolkien would have loved this place.  One can picture Minas Tirith atop this amazing spire of rock.  Wow!


Mount Thor, officially gazetted as Thor Peak, is a mountain with an elevation of 1,675 metres (5,495 ft) located in Auyuittuq National Park, on Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada. The mountain is located 46 km (29 mi) northeast of Pangnirtung and features Earth's greatest vertical drop of 1,250 m (4,101 ft), with the cliff overhanging at an average angle of 15 degrees from vertical. Despite its remoteness, this feature makes the mountain a popular rock climbing site. Camping is allowed, with the only official site being at the entrance to the Akshayuk Valley near Overlord Peak.

Photo by Matt Hyde

The mountain was named for Thor, the Norse thunder god.

Paul Zizka - Mt Thor

And then there's this other amazing mountain - Mount Asgard.  Named for the land of the Norse Gods, it truly is otherworldly.  

 Wikipedia sez...

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Mount Asgard is a twin peaked mountain with two flat-topped, cylindrical, rock towers, separated by a saddle. It is located in Auyuittuq National Park, on the Cumberland Peninsula of Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada. The peak is named after Asgard, the realm of the gods in Norse mythology. Mount Asgard is perhaps the most famous of the Baffin Mountains

Photo via Ansgar Walk
In 1976, stuntman Rick Sylvester performed a BASE jump, skiing off the mountain with a Union Flag parachute for the opening sequence of the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me, although the fictional setting was the Austrian Alps. The stunt team and film crew had reached the summit by helicopter.

Photo by Brian Keating

Over-the-Asgard-Artur Sanisz by Alistar Lee

Over-the-Asgard-Artur Sanisz

And how about Abraham Lincoln Lake in Alberta...

For more on Abraham Lincoln Lake and beautiful places in Canada check out the Huffington Post article HERE