By now I hope my mission to share the health benefits of adventure in the outdoors is resoundingly clear, but in case it’s not, I’d like you to come to our Joshua Tree type 1 meetup. It will be happening March 4-6th in Joshua Tree National Park. It’s free to join and there’s plenty of fun outdoors to entertain people of all age groups–from the most adventure tolerant to the risk averse. If an unincorporated gathering of adventurous people with diabetes sounds like something you’d like to be a part of, read on!

It occurred to me recently that most of my life has been shaped by the opportunities I have had to explore outdoors as a youngster. Upon diagnosis with type 1 diabetes–an admittedly challenging condition–I found that medication was only part of the treatment that I needed. The benefit of independence, self reliance and empowerment that comes simply from being outside added  something to my diabetes management that all the technology, vials and syringes could not. I decided that I would live my life in the way that allows me to have the benefit of this free prescription for adventure–and now it is my mission to share this same opportunity with others!

type 1 diabetes outdoor adventure meetup


This meetup will take place over the weekend of March 4th and right now there are about 10 people who have expressed interest in attending–not including me and my family. There is hiking and camping and climbing available and the interest and motivation of the group in attendance will determine specific activities (or lack thereof if you just want to chill out and sight-see with some coffee!).

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This meetup is very much no-frills. We don’t charge fees and so we don’t provide equipment, lodging or food. If anyone wants to contribute to this meetup or sponsor it, we would be happy to reserve campsites so that everyone can camp together–otherwise everyone will fend for themselves in terms of lodging. Either way is OK by me because not everyone wants to camp and this way we all will have options. I would highly recommend getting accommodations early if you’d like to attend because Joshua Tree is going to be pretty busy in early March.

A few additional points to keep in mind:

  • This is a free meet-up.
  • Participation is 100% at your own risk.
  • This is not a guided or instructional event.
  • We will do our best to include everyone as much as possible, but please keep in mind that we are simply getting together here, and are in no way taking responsibility for your safety or enjoyment of the great outdoors. 
  • We have a few simple rules: don’t litter, minimize environmental impact (including noise) and be polite to other people. 

RSVP via email: if you’re coming–and I will keep everyone posted about meeting times and places once we are a little closer to the date. If it sounds really simple then you’re getting the picture! Show up, meet-up and get out with other adventurous people with type 1. You don’t need to be a climber or have any experience to enjoy this gathering with us all.  I am excited to see how this all develops!