How an Alaska elder who reached the top of North America teaches lessons of joy

Tom Choate greeted me with a silly grin and a goofy pun, not what I expected when I set up an interview to learn about his seemingly impossible mountaineering feat.

Choate climbed Denali five years ago, at 78, almost exactly 50 years after the first time he climbed the mountain.

He trudged up the mountain very slowly, but nearing the top, he found he was passing younger climbers who had not acclimatized to the elevation. At the very top, a freak lightning storm sent many climbers fleeing....

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