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  1. Peter Hirst
    Peter Hirst January 21, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    A little more on the naming of Lake Thomas A Edison. This was not a random tribute. The lake was built by and for the Southern California Edison Company, which was one of the many such utilities that had no direct connection with Edison but was under an obligation to use his name as a condition of using his patented tech. Although Edison was 20+ years dead by the time the lake was built, that cultural influence lived on. Lake TA Edison is not the first such installation that SoBo JMT hikers pass along the trail. Waugh Lake, off to the east of the trail is part of the Rush Creek Hydroelectric Project, which also includes Agnew Lake and June Lake, and is another SoCal Edison project, begun c.1915, courtesy of Gifford Pinchot who also brought you the better known Hetch-Hetchy project. Pinchot got the Rush Creek drainage, plus the Ritter Range, Minarets and asoiciated lake country carved out of the Yosemite Grant in about 1904-1906, paving the way for this earlier SoCal Edison Project and such other scenic delights is the Minarets Mine.

  2. Cindy
    Cindy January 22, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    Amazing work, Peter. Thank you for your efforts.

  3. kieran kelly
    kieran kelly February 18, 2019 at 11:17 pm

    Ray,
    I’m a first timer in the famous JMT ballot and also one of the only people in Australia I suspect who has downloaded your book and had it bound. Very informative and helpful. However I have a question. I went in the ballot on August 1, 2019 with the 21 day window finishing August 21. Following your lead I usd the five available trail heads to give myself best chance possible. As of this date I have had no luck. Six daily ballots have gone by and I’ve been unsuccessful. Each day there have been no vacancies on the trail head report. However tonight I checked on Trail head report and I see that there a vacancy has suddenly appeared on August 1 leaving Happy Isles, which was one of my choices. How can this possibly be since I was in the ballot process on that day and I am still in the ballot process and I would happily take that permit and yet it hasn’t been allocated. Presumably someone has cancelled after winning the permit in the ballot. Why isn’t it then reallocated to people who are still in the ballot. Is it possible for me to apply for this permit as it is just sitting there? I can’t find any information about retrospective applications for permits which become available after your lottery day is expired. I know I can’t put in a fresh application for a ballot on that day as I am already in the running 21 day ballot Can you help please? It’s very confusing .
    Regards
    Kieran Kelly Sydney Australia

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