28 Feb '18, 9am

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It was the summer of 1974, and my family was cruising along the Yosemite Valley floor when my father waved his hand out the window of our old wood-paneled station wagon. “Pick a mountain, any mountain,” he grandly offered. When the four kids exchanged confused looks, my father explained, “Just think, you can choose one of these spectacular monuments and call that mountain yours for the rest of your life—who’s going to stop you?” (I understand now that my Chinese American father was into spirit rocks long before they became trendy talismans.) My little brother pointed his finger at Half Dome, and I laid claim to El Capitan. My choice seemed much sturdier that Half Dome (as in, it hadn’t broken into two), and with a name like “The Captain,” it was clearly the boss. In the years and decades to come, whenever I returned to Yosemite, I always sought out a quiet moment with El C...

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