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  1. Paul
    Paul March 10, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    I like the detail of the map in this picture, Ray. Where did you get it?

  2. Jim Hill
    Jim Hill March 10, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Ray, this is a beautiful tribute to someone who obviously deserves to be remembered by everyone who is passing by on the JMT, or simply enjoying this region of the Sierra Nevada. It is also so well written that you need to seriously think about taking up writing.

  3. Randy
    Randy March 10, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    I will be looking for Mount Andrea Lawrence when I pass thru the Rush Creek drainage in August. Thanks for the history lesson!

  4. Kathy
    Kathy March 10, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Very interesting story, and while Andrea certainly deserves to have a peak named for her, I find the whole “peak naming” thing to be so inconsistent.

    Many who are familiar with the Sierra Nevada will know who Randy Morgenson was. He spent 30 years as a SEKI backcountry ranger, making little money, and receiving no benefits whatsoever. He constantly advocated for protecting meadows and the wilderness, participated in countless rescues, assisted with research studies, many of which dictated policy, and in the end….lost his life while on duty as a ranger. Very few people have dedicated their lives to protecting these areas more than Randy did, yet the powers that be declined to name a peak after him. I applaud the fact that a peak was named for Andrea, but denying this honor to someone who gave his life in service to this beloved area is ridiculous.

  5. Robie
    Robie March 10, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    This is so awesome – brought tears to my eyes – I had the privilege to meet her once – amazing lady – a true Sierra legacy…inspiration!

  6. fred brockman
    fred brockman March 10, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    Ray,
    Wonderful story, tribute, and writing!
    fred

  7. Jake Hudson
    Jake Hudson March 29, 2015 at 6:23 am

    My mother, Sally Neidlinger Hudson, was on the 1952 Olympic Team with Andy. My mom didn’t ski well in the Olympics, but was on the team. She was a life long friend of Andy’s, who was a great inspiration to many people – she still is an inspiration.

    Thanks for the nice tribute to a wonderful person and mountain. I haven’t made it yet, but certainly plan to hike the peak soon.

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