Thor Peak (Wyoming)

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Thor Peak
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Thor Peak at left and Mount Moran at right
Highest point
Elevation 12,033 ft (3,668 m) [1]
Prominence 348 ft (106 m) [1]
Coordinates 43°49′51″N110°47′42″W / 43.83083°N 110.79500°W / 43.83083; -110.79500 Coordinates: 43°49′51″N110°47′42″W / 43.83083°N 110.79500°W / 43.83083; -110.79500 [2]
Geography
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Thor Peak
Location in Wyoming
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Thor Peak
Location in the United States
Location Grand Teton National Park, Teton County, Wyoming, U.S.
Parent range Teton Range
Topo map USGS Mount Moran
Climbing
First ascent August 1930, Paul Petzoldt and Bruton Strange

Thor Peak (12,033 feet (3,668 m)) is in the northern Teton Range, Grand Teton National Park, in the U.S. state of Wyoming. [3] Mount Moran is 1 mile (1.6 km) to the east. The summit is the eighth-highest in the Teton Range. Several semi-permanent snowfields as well as the Triple Glaciers are located on the east and northern slopes of the mountain. While the easiest route up the mountain, the south slope, is only rated a class 4, the mountain's remoteness and difficulty of approach make it a challenging mountain to summit.

Teton Range mountain range of the Rocky Mountains in North America

The Teton Range is a mountain range of the Rocky Mountains in North America. It extends for approximately 40 miles (64 km) in a north–south direction through the U.S. state of Wyoming, east of the Idaho state line. It is south of Yellowstone National Park and most of the east side of the range is within Grand Teton National Park.

Grand Teton National Park United States National Park in northwestern Wyoming

Grand Teton National Park is an American national park in northwestern Wyoming. At approximately 310,000 acres, the park includes the major peaks of the 40-mile-long (64 km) Teton Range as well as most of the northern sections of the valley known as Jackson Hole. Grand Teton National Park is only 10 miles (16 km) south of Yellowstone National Park, to which it is connected by the National Park Service-managed John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway. Along with surrounding national forests, these three protected areas constitute the almost 18,000,000-acre (7,300,000 ha) Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, one of the world's largest intact mid-latitude temperate ecosystems.

U.S. state constituent political entity of the United States

In the United States, a state is a constituent political entity, of which there are currently 50. Bound together in a political union, each state holds governmental jurisdiction over a separate and defined geographic territory and shares its sovereignty with the federal government. Due to this shared sovereignty, Americans are citizens both of the federal republic and of the state in which they reside. State citizenship and residency are flexible, and no government approval is required to move between states, except for persons restricted by certain types of court orders. Four states use the term commonwealth rather than state in their full official names.

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Mount Owen (Wyoming) mountain in Wyoming

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Teewinot Mountain mountain in United States of America

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Rolling Thunder Mountain mountain in United States of America

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Ranger Peak (Wyoming)

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Bivouac Peak mountain in United States of America

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Traverse Peak mountain in United States of America

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Raynolds Peak mountain in United States of America

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Mount Woodring mountain in United States of America

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Rockchuck Peak mountain in United States of America

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Mount Saint John

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Symmetry Spire mountain in United States of America

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Buck Mountain (Wyoming) mountain in Wyoming

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Static Peak mountain in United States of America

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Moran Canyon (Wyoming) canyon in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, United States

Moran Canyon is located in Grand Teton National Park, in the U. S. state of Wyoming. The canyon lies between Mount Moran to the south and Traverse Peak and Bivouac Peak to the north. Moran Bay, part of Jackson Lake, is at the mouth of the canyon to the east. The canyon was formed by glaciers which retreated at the end of the last glacial maximum approximately 15,000 years ago.

Leigh Canyon

Leigh Canyon is located in Grand Teton National Park, in the U. S. state of Wyoming. The canyon was formed by glaciers which retreated at the end of the last glacial maximum approximately 15,000 years ago, leaving behind a U-shaped valley. Leigh Canyon is approximately 6 miles (9.7 km) long and is flanked by Mount Moran and Thor Peak to the north and Mount Woodring to the south. The canyon outlet is at Leigh Lake and at the head of the canyon lies Mink Lake.

The Jaw mountain in United States of America

The Jaw is a mountain located in the Teton Range, Grand Teton National Park in the U.S. state of Wyoming. The Jaw is .50 miles (0.80 km) WNW of Rock of Ages and .75 miles (1.21 km) WSW of Mount Saint John The summit is at the head of Hanging Canyon.

Downs Mountain

Downs Mountain is located in the Wind River Range in the U.S. state of Wyoming. Downs Mountain is the 15th highest peak in Wyoming. The summit is on the Continental Divide in both Shoshone and Bridger-Teton National Forests. The East Torrey Glacier is on the northern slopes of Downs Mountain, while Continental Glacier lies to the west and north and the Downs Glacier is 1 mi (1.6 km) to the south.

The Sphinx (Wyoming)

The Sphinx is a 13,264-foot (4,043 m)) mountain in the Wind River Range in the U.S. state of Wyoming. The summit is on the Continental Divide in both Shoshone and Bridger-Teton National Forests and it is .38 mi (0.61 km) east-southeast of Mount Woodrow Wilson. The Dinwoody Glacier flows from the north slopes of the peak, while Sphinx Glacier is on the southwest flank of the mountain.

References

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  2. "Thor Peak". Geographic Names Information System . United States Geological Survey . Retrieved 2011-05-29.
  3. Mount Moran, WY (Map). TopoQwest (United States Geological Survey Maps). Retrieved 2011-05-29.