The best day ever

(Make sure to read part 1 of this post, “How a low blood sugar forced me to face my fear” before you read about the best day ever!)

As Rob and I spent the remainder of Day 1 hiking around Red Rock canyon and scouting possible climbs for the next two days I remarked to him that this occasion we shared was probably my proudest–and yet my most esoteric achievement ever. At the crossroads of a difficult diabetes moment and a committing climbing moment lies an instance of victory that only a handful of people in the world will fully understand. The result of it all–which I think many more people will understand–is empowerment. Feeling like I can. I can bring my diabetes there (wherever that is).

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How a low blood sugar forced me to face my fear

I had my best day ever  just a short while ago and I owe it all to a low blood sugar. It all started a few days ago, after our type 1 meetup in Joshua Tree as I spent several days climbing with Rob in Las Vegas (you may remember him from Project365 and our many adventures together). He asked me, “Dude, do you want to link up a bunch of moderate routes over the next few days? I only have a couple days off, so we would have to get up early every day and just crush ourselves and see how much we can climb in 3 days.”

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Here's what you missed in Joshua Tree

Our time in Joshua Tree started with my trying to figure out how to scale down my basal insulin dose because I was going low all the time. In fact, I didn’t take any rapid insulin for the first three days we were in Joshua Tree–although I eventually acclimated and had to start up again. Still, it was a nice break and a great way to get back to being active after being back east. I love being able to take low carb meals without worrying about rapid insulin peaks–and that’s just one reason I am such a big proponent of being active outside. The sustained nature of hiking and climbing always seems to make my basal insulin work a lot better.

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Can a SONY RX100 M2 replace my DSLR?

Everything in this post was shot with a SONY RX100 M2 which I got off of ebay (used) for under 300 dollars. It’s worth mentioning that most of my youtube videos of late have been shot with this camera as well. Less space and time to fiddle around with bulky camera setups and a greater need for functional diversity (video AND photo) drove me to get some smaller and lighter gear. I wouldn’t call this a review as such–many people online write much more technical pieces about how everything works. For me this is just an opportunity to share what I’ve been fortunate enough to create and hopefully reach others who are looking to create but may not have a huge budget to work with.

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Our tiny home "commute"

It’s always harder to come back out west to our tiny home from the east coast–losing time in the air and re-acclimating to a small space all contribute to the challenge. To some, the idea of flying back and forth across the country all the time and working on the fly may seem desirable. I wouldn’t call it unappealing–but it definitely comes with certain sacrifices and challenges. I am thankful to be working for myself though–check out my freelance media work if you have a small business and need help getting your name out there!

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Climbing Cowboy Ridge in Zion National Park

I’ve spent a lot of time in Zion National Park over the last few years and it’s no secret that the climbing here is outside my comfort zone. Maybe that’s why I keep coming back–because there are “easy” climbs like Cowboy Ridge that have mocked me from afar. It’s a 5.7 filled with route-finding, loose rock and lots of elevation gain. It’s a long day and it’s far from civilized comforts should poor planning or blood sugar fluctuations interfere. It’s not the dark side of the moon, but it’s more involved than lowering down off a single pitch climb and ‘calling it a day’. Maybe this is part of getting back into the swing of things, but I’ve been more intimidated by this “loose end” than I’d like to admit, so I decided to tie it off ASAP.

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Zion climbing and hiking

Zion climbing and hiking is always fun–even when it’s not. But let me clarify that statement because there are two types of fun. That’s right, I wasn’t just making a pun about my type 1 diabetes. Type 1 fun is enjoyable in the moment. It feels fun. Type 2 fun on the other hand just doesn’t. One of my favorite quotes (I believe attributed to either John Long or Jim Bridwell) is “It doesn’t have to be fun to be fun“. Type 2 fun is more enjoyable when it’s over and you’ve survived. Or healed. Or cleaned your soiled underwear. The beauty is that there is a choice to have fun which circumstances can’t take away. Seems like this might apply to Type 1, too.

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What's it like in a tiny home?

I’ve had more than a few people ask ‘what’s it like in a tiny home’–or more specifically for a virtual tour of sorts. We moved into the trailer recently and the progress is slow but steady–and what better time to invite you in for a look. In this video I think you will get a sense (thanks to the ultra-wide angle GoPro lens) for how small the interior of the trailer is. Nevertheless I promised a tour and that’s what you’ll get!

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Make time for adventure

My 17th “diaversary” or anniversary of my type 1 diabetes diagnosis (January 16th, 1999) is an occasion that I enjoy recognizing. I like to think that I am “outliving” this condition because if it “gets me” in the end, I will be able to guarantee that I was, at the least, not easy prey. It’s been a constant reminder that I must make time for adventure –because time is limited. Morbid, perhaps, but that’s a thought that goes through my head literally every day at multiple points. That’s probably why in recent years my two biggest adventures have kicked off around this time in the winter when sane people are sipping coffee and planning summer vacations.Read more

Joshua Tree type 1 meetup: March 2016

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!

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