My comment was more towards the guy scoffing at California's mountains. I can't imagine he would have anything bad to say watching sunrise in front of Temple Crag @ 3rd lake.
I can actually understand the sentiment of having more appreciation for the PA mountains than the mountains in CA (or anywhere else). I grew up on the Allegheny Plateau in PA and that is where I fell in love with the outdoors, so that is where my favorite spots are at. So, I guess if you really love the eastern mountains and don't care to be anywhere else, you may just scoff at CA mountains. But there is still an awe factor that comes in to play in CA, BC, or elsewhere throughout the western US/Canadian mountains that can't be ignored. They certainly are impressive to us eastcoasters (most of us). (Not sure what the word 'eastcoasters' is, but maybe something that you put your coffee mug on, but only on the east side of the coffee table.)