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Dave's Climb For Lung Cancer


Hi…thank you for visiting my web page.  Maybe you are visiting because you are a climber, maybe you or a loved one has been diagnosed with lung cancer or maybe you are one of those very special people in my life; for whatever reason you are here, I welcome and thank you.

So first things first- we may as well address the “elephant in the room”.  I have been diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer adenocarcinoma stage IV and I am dying (this is ironically interesting as physically I feel well- one of the many ironies that I’ll be discussing).  More specifically I have an 80% chance of dying this year and the likelihood that I will be alive in four years is 1%.  My intent is not to be startling or to make anyone feel uncomfortable or sorry for me; I have been dealt this hand and it is what it is.  I made the decision that if I am going to advocate for and discuss lung cancer that I would do so openly and honestly.    

I am not certain where this journey is going but it’s going to go somewhere…if you are interested to see where it leads I welcome you to take this journey with me.... read more


"Every morning when I wake up, the first thing that crosses my mind is, 'You have terminal cancer,' " David Clark tells PEOPLE. "The second is, 'What are you going to do with this day?' "

Despite his stage IV lung cancer diagnosis, the 51-year-old father of three has come up with an inspiring answer to that question. Together with his 24-year-old son, Matthew, Clark is on a mission to climb all 46 high peaks of New York's Adirondack mountain range. It's a personal project with a very public message. 

"I'm hoping that it will show other people in my situation that there is hope," he explains. "The diagnosis of a non-curable disease does not mean your life is over." ... read more

From Lake Placid News, March 24, 2016

Despite lung cancer, man and son tackle 46 High Peaks together

The plan, Dave Clark says, is to start anew every three weeks. Every time, it begins on a hospital bed and ends atop an Adirondack High Peak.

Clark is constrained to this timetable due to stage IV lung cancer. Despite an 80 percent chance he dies this year, he treats each three-week block of time like a new training season in pursuit of becoming a 46er. So far, he's summitted three of the 46 peaks that were originally surveyed at over 4,000 feet. ... read more

From CBS News New York, March 8, 2016

Asbury Park Press Article, March 7, 2016


The temperature stood in the single digits, with nasty winds and shifting snows, but that didn’t deter Dave Clark.

The 51-year-old Ocean County resident summited 4,100-foot Phelps Mountain with his son Matt in eight hours, completing the first leg in their quest to climb all 46 peaks of the famed Adirondack range in upstate New York.

There is a formal organization for those who complete the task: The 46ers. The club dates back to the 1930s, but Clark is different than your average mountaineer. ...continue reading



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