Climb Above Parkinsons

Anthony β€œMic” McClareN

Why Climb Above Parkinsons?

Anthony founded Climb Above Parkinson's in 2017, with the intent to summit the highest mountain on each continent, in order to honor the memory of his father, USAF MSGT Jerry E. McClaren, who died on December 1, 2016, following a lengthy battle with Parkinson's Disease. He was 59. Parkinsons disease is a fatal neurological disease, and it deprives its victims of the freedom of choice and mental acuity. Climbing mountains is in direct defiance of this limitation, and in so many ways an affirmation of the power of the human mind.

Anthony has already achieved the summits of Africa, South America, North America, Europe, Australia and Mount Everest. Each one presented different cultural, logistical, and physical challenges. Much of the spirit of true climbing is self-reliance, and in this regard, Anthony has maintained an independent approach to these climbs. 

Anthony has already donated close to $10,000.00 to Keck through this campaign, in addition to his current uninterrupted success rate on the summits. He is greatly confident in his chances on Mount Everest, but maintains humility and respect for Her, as he has done for every mountain. 

Please consider making a financial contribution and spreading the campaign. Also, if you summit your own mountain, physical, professional, or spiritual, please consider sending us a shot out at #climbaboveparkinsons. Keep on rockin in the free world!

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Climbing is a metaphor for life

Climbing involves, first and foremost, preparation.  You must prepare to go to the area you intend to climb.  You must sort the gear you need, the gear you don't  need, the way to arrive at the climbing area, how to ascend the route, how to descend, and what provisions you need.  This all varies for each and every climb.  You must also prepare to suffer, to endure, and possibly not to return.  Climbing requires intense concentration, determination, focus, patience, and passion. It requires you to engaged in calculated risk, to be decisive, and to persevere. Keep on rockin in the free world!

 

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