In my most recent blog post I talked about my travel video setup and why I wound up going with a smaller, lighter setup over the absolutely highest rated sensors and optics–which come at a cost logistically. Of course I’d love to encourage you to check out the evolution and function of this equipment by subscribing to our YouTube channel–because I’m going to be updating weekly with videos. Ideally I’ll be able to post 2 videos weekly–but either way it will be a different, more interactive experience of our journey. Before embarking though, I wanted to finish up a video project that I started back in 2014 and I recently posted a video which allowed me to use my new setup to complete this existing project!

The intro and outtro shots were acquired in 4k on the Lumix G7 and exported in 1080. It’s my first attempt with this stuff…so throw me a bone! It helps to select the HD option when you’re watching on YouTube to make sure you’re seeing the highest resolution (if you’re interested in the pixel peeping!)

A word about the title and intent of this video, if I may. Living with a chronic illness like type 1 diabetes seems like an extraordinary task at times. Sometimes it really is–when you’re calculating complex metabolic reactions, dealing with makeshift pharmacology and adapting medical technology to suit your needs. Climbing seems like an extraordinary pursuit as well, when you’re dangling hundreds of feet above the ground, engineering anchors and mechanical advantage systems that not only keep you alive, but actually help optimize your comfort in the vertical plane. When you see these things out of context they seem like some arcane wizardry.

That’s why I thought it would be interesting to put these things in context by hearing about the experience from normal people who do extraordinary things. Not surprisingly, they don’t accomplish this by living on the edge and being strung out on Monster Energy drinks–but rather by making these extraordinary pursuits a part of normal life.

This isn’t about diabetes, as such, even though all of us on that 2014 climbing trip live with type 1 diabetes. It’s about the choice that we have to normalize the obstacles that we face such that they no longer stop us from moving forward, but rather become stepping stones to new heights. If we try to do extraordinary things, we will always be overreaching our abilities. If we make the extraordinary a normal part of our lives, then our abilities expand as does our definition of normal.

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” –Helen Keller

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