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Re: What's New in CALIFORNIA

Postby Marmaduke » Wed Jan 02, 2013 6:05 am

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Re: What's New in CALIFORNIA

Postby mrchad9 » Thu Jan 17, 2013 5:35 pm

Well.. even better than a new mountain page... the state of California got a new mountain last week.

Actually, it got one named by our esteemed representatives in Congress. Though perhaps next time Barbara Boxer will follow better protocol and consult with the SP page owner before renaming peaks in her area. I've just updated the SP page with a new etymology section, and replaced the old informal name of Gem Peak with the new Mount Andrea Lawrence in a surprising large number of locations.

It's one of my favorite pages. A good weekend for photos if I do say so myself.

http://www.summitpost.org/mount-andrea-lawrence/672146

On December 10, 2013, President Barack Obama signed the "Mt. Andrea Lawrence Designation Act of 2011" which had been introduced by California Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer and Santa Clarita Republican Congressman Buck McKeon, whose district stretches north to cover all of Mono and Inyo Counties.

See... who says Democrats and Repiblicans cannot work together to pass important legislation?

The act named Mount Andrea Lawrence in the Inyo National Forest and Yosemite National Park after Andrea Mead Lawrence, an Olympic Gold Medalist, conservationist, and Former Mono County Supervisor.

A copy of Barbara Boxer's press release on the act with additional information follows:

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today praised President Obama for signing her bill, the Mt. Andrea Lawrence Designation Act, into law. This legislation will name a mountain peak in Mono County “Mt. Andrea Lawrence” in honor of the renowned conservationist, three-time Olympian and former member of the Mono County Board of Supervisors who passed away in 2009. The bill passed the Senate by unanimous consent, and passed the House on a 408 to seven vote.

“I am so pleased that President Obama signed this bill honoring the life and contributions of one of Mono County’s most distinguished residents,” Senator Boxer said. “Andrea Lawrence dedicated her life to protecting the treasures of the Eastern Sierra. Her passion and achievements were larger than life, which is why I cannot think of a more fitting tribute than to name this majestic peak in her honor.”

Andrea Mead Lawrence was a three-time Olympian who remains the only American double Olympic gold medalist in alpine skiing. She was inducted into the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame in 1958 at the age of 25, and in 2002, sports writer and documentary filmmaker Bud Greenspan called her “the greatest Winter Olympian of all time.”

Lawrence was also a committed conservationist who worked to protect and restore Mammoth Lakes, Mono Lake, Bodie State Historic Park and other important natural and cultural resources of the Eastern Sierra. She served for 16 years on the Mono County Board of Supervisors as well as on the Great Basin Air Pollution Control District and in 2003 founded the Andrea Lawrence Institute for Mountains and Rivers to promote environmental protection and economic vitality in the region.

Peak 12,240, previously identified only by its elevation, is located in Mono County near the Tuolumne County border. It is on the border of the Ansel Adams Wilderness, just east of Yosemite National Park. The John Muir trail passes close to the peak.

Senator Boxer and Congressman Buck McKeon (R-Santa Clarita) – who sponsored identical House legislation – first introduced the legislation during the 111th Congress. Supporters of this bill include Andrea Lawrence’s family, the Mono County Board of Supervisors, the Wilderness Society, the Sierra Club, the Mono County Democratic Central Committee, the Mammoth Town Council, the Mono Lake Committee, the Andrea Lawrence Institute for Mountains and Rivers, the Sierra Nevada Alliance, the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, Town of Mammoth Lakes Council Member Wendy Sugimura and former Mono County Supervisor Tim Alpers.


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Re: What's New in CALIFORNIA

Postby boyblue » Fri Jan 18, 2013 6:19 am

mrchad9 wrote:Though perhaps next time Barbara Boxer will follow better protocol and consult with the SP page owner before renaming peaks in her area.

Very bad form on her part. A 'heads up' via PM would have been appropriate and courteous. :wink:
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Re: What's New in CALIFORNIA

Postby mrchad9 » Tue Jan 22, 2013 4:17 pm

Just put up a new page to a seldom climbed route on Mount Shasta. Overshadowed by the nearby glaciers, but makes a great descent route and the views are fantastic...

http://www.summitpost.org/whitney-bolam-ridge/834869

The ridge follows the right skyline in the first photo:

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Has great views of Shastina:

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My partner Max on the glacier on the way up...

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And him just a few steps below the summit.

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I also learned the meaning of the glacier names as I put it together...

Hotlum (‘steep’), Bolam (‘big’ or ‘great’), Konwakiton (‘muddy’)
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Re: What's New in CALIFORNIA

Postby Bubba Suess » Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:53 pm

Recently put up a couple of pages on stuff in the Cascades:

Thousand Lakes Wilderness
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Eiler Butte, one of the large cinder cones in the Thousand Lakes:
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I also revamped the page on the Thousand Lakes Valley Trail
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Re: What's New in CALIFORNIA

Postby mrchad9 » Wed Feb 20, 2013 1:01 am

Just finished MAJOR rewrites of two of Shasta's most popular routes...

First the Hotlum-Bolam Ridge, probably Shasta's second most popular route... certainly is in the summer time. I had a fine time on that route... and I met several other SPers!

http://www.summitpost.org/hotlum-bolam-ridge/155586


And just today finished work on the Clear Creek Route. The easiest route on Shasta, but the page was very lacking in information before... especially for folks that might be wanting to use it. There were a lot of great pics already around but they were hidden as they weren't attached to the page.

http://www.summitpost.org/clear-creek/157378



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Re: What's New in CALIFORNIA

Postby cdog » Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:32 am

these aren't exactly new, but check 'em out if you haven't already. Filling in some neighborhood mountains here in NE Cali.

Diamond Mountains
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Thompson Peak
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Shaffer Mountain
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Re: What's New in CALIFORNIA

Postby OOG » Wed Jun 26, 2013 6:50 pm

Just finished rebuilding Boulder Peak, the highpoint of the Marble Mountains.

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Spectacular area, highly recommend a visit if you've never been.

Also added a labeled summit panorama to the Preston Peak page. I put more effort into compiling this photo than I put into writing some mountain pages, but I think it does a good job showing the geography of the area.

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Re: What's New in CALIFORNIA

Postby cdog » Tue Aug 06, 2013 10:27 pm

brand new page for Prospect Peak, one of the highest mountains in Lassen Volcanic National Park:
http://www.summitpost.org/prospect-peak/860076

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Re: What's New in CALIFORNIA

Postby mrchad9 » Tue Aug 13, 2013 12:19 am

cdog wrote:Prospect Peak, one of the highest mountains in Lassen Volcanic National Park

Well.... 11th highest. But it is the second most prominent! Surpassed only by the obvious.

Lassen Peak 10,457
Brokeoff Mountain 9,235
Eagle Peak 9,222
Mount Diller 9,085
Mount Helen 8,842
Reading Peak 8,714
Loomis Peak 8,658
Chaos Crags 8,540
Chaos Crags South 8,460
Chaos Crags North 8,420
Prospect Peak 8,338

Excellent page there!
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