Mount Thor

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Mount Thor
Thor Peak
Mount Thor, Akshayuk Pass, Baffin Island.jpg
Mount Thor seen from Akshayuk Pass
Highest point
Elevation 1,675 m (5,495 ft) [1]
Coordinates 66°32′00″N65°19′00″W / 66.53330°N 65.31670°W / 66.53330; -65.31670 Coordinates: 66°32′00″N65°19′00″W / 66.53330°N 65.31670°W / 66.53330; -65.31670 [1]
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Mount Thor
Parent range Baffin Mountains
Topo map NTS 026.I.11
First ascent Morton and Spitzer, 1965

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. [2] Despite its remoteness, this feature makes the mountain a popular rock climbing site. Camping is allowed, with several designated campsites located throughout the length of Akshayuk Pass. For climbers looking to scale Mount Thor, there is an established campsite a few kilometres north of its base, complete with windbreaks and emergency shelters.


The mountain was named for Thor, the Norse thunder god. [3]


Mount Thor is part of the Baffin Mountains which in turn form part of the Arctic Cordillera mountain range. The mountain consists of granite. [1]

View of Mount Thor summit in 1997 Mount Thor Peak 1997-08-07.jpg
View of Mount Thor summit in 1997
Mount Thor and its steep cliff Mount Thor.jpg
Mount Thor and its steep cliff
Hiking north towards Thor Peak, July 2007 Auyuittuq ThorPeak 2007.JPG
Hiking north towards Thor Peak, July 2007


Donald Morton and Lyman Spitzer made the first ascent of Mount Thor in 1965 during the Alpine Club of Canada expedition led by Pat Baird. [4] :347 [5] Pat Baird also led the 1953 geophysical expedition during which Hans Weber, J. Rothlisberger and F. Schwarzenbach climbed the North Tower of Mount Asgard for the first time.

The first ascent of the west face was achieved by Earl Redfern, John Bagley, Eric Brand and Tom Bepler in 1985. [6] The first solo ascent of the West Face was completed by Jason 'Singer' Smith in 1998. The first free climb of the Southwest Buttress was made in 2012 by Bill Borger and John Furneaux. [7] [8]

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