adirondack hike for hope 2018

My name is Dan Snyder and I am a musician and photographer. In 2015 I was diagnosed with stage 3 metastatic prostate cancer. I decided then to take action and not let prostate cancer control my life. As a lifelong hiker living in the Adirondack mountains of New York State, I continued hiking and exercising through my six months of treatment. My treatment included two months of daily radiation, five days a week. I found that diet and lifestyle change, and most importantly exercise, curbed my side effects to almost zero and that is exactly why I decided to create ADK Hike for Hope. ADK Hike for Hope is a conduit for bringing about awareness of this deadly disease, provide a forum of conversation and raising funds for prostate cancer research.

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September is Prostate Cancer Awareness month

I am excited to begin our second fundraising cycle since our start in 2016. That year we raised funds for a study on exercise curbing side effects of androgen deprivation therapy and radiation, led by Dr. Paul Nguyen at Brigham and Womens Hospital (information about that under History).

This years Adirondack Hike for Hope will raise funds for the Metastatic Prostate Cancer Project, a genomic research study for men with advanced or metastatic prostate cancer. This is a very important patient driven study that could lead to innovative treatments of the second most deadly disease for men.

We will be adding links to our page for valuable resources for patients, caregivers, family and friends soon. We will also launch a podcast called Cancer Confidential in the next few weeks, where I talk to a fellow patient and good friend, Scott McClatchy, and also speak with Dr. Eliezer Van Allen and others about prostate cancer and prevention among other topics. The main goal is to get the word out about a disease that is rarely discussed and yet affects over 160,000 men each year in the US - 30,000 of which will not make it. A tough subject, but together we’re moving forward.

The Metastatic Prostate Cancer Project is a nationwide genomic research study for men with advanced or metastatic prostate cancer, that want to generate the most comprehensive genetic database that will be shared with an entire research community, to accelerate important and potentially lifesaving discoveries. The research team is lead by my oncologist at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Dr. Eliezer Van Allen, it was through him that I came in contact with the project.

The Metastatic Prostate Cancer Project can lead to important studies in genomics that in turn can lead to lives saved. To reach that goal it is important to engage patients with prostate cancer directly, connect with them and ask them to become part of the study. We are here to get the word out to all men with prostate cancer that you are not alone.  

Here is a link to a PDF with more information about the Metastatic Prostate Cancer Project.

The Hike - approximately 45 miles


The Long Lake to Cold River leg begins with a dense coniferous canopy with the occasional hardwood. The deep forest at the beginning of the northern section of the Northville-Placid Trail in the Adirondacks is a tunnel of green . This is where we’ll start this years ADK Hike for Hope. We'll be passing through the wild and remote area known as the Cold River where the famous Adirondack Hermit Noah John Rondeau lived. It is one of my favorite places on Earth to visit, quiet and remote. This section traverses through the Seward Mountain Range of the High Peaks.

From there we hike up to Duck Hole and then head southeast along the eastern part of Preston Ponds and Henderson Lake heading towards to the great Macintyre Range where the great iron ore deposits were discovered back in the 1800’s and consists of one of the noblest group of peaks in the Adirondacks. The range includes Iroquois, Mount Marshall, Wright, and Algonquin, the second highest peak in the state. The range extends about 8  miles. A day trip up Indian Pass is planned.

Once  we reach Henderson Lake lean-to we’ll head Northeast on Calamity Brook trail towards Flowed Lands a part of the Opalescent River which flows into the headwaters of the Hudson River.

From this point we head Southwest along the Opalescent River towards Hanging Spear Falls, a 75’  high hour glass shaped waterfall on the Opalescent River. If weather permits an ascent of Mt. Adams will happen and from there we continue to our  final destination of the Upper Works in Tahawus. This year my wife Kristina will be joining me on the hike.

Artwork by Jill De Haan

Artwork by Jill De Haan