How does the keto diet work on the road?

In the last few posts I’ve been focused on the challenges (read: chaos) of getting adapted to living in a tiny home (trailer). That process is far from complete and while we are waiting I thought I would touch on a question I’ve been getting from a few people regarding the keto diet that I am using to control my type 1 diabetes and improve my climbing. Having to manage blood sugar can complicate even the simplest tasks and I can honestly say that dealing with the stress of this move would be impossible for me to tolerate if I had to devote more of my focus to erratic blood sugar swings. I’ve written a lot about how the keto diet has worked for me (including failures and challenges) but in this post I want to focus on how living on the road has impacted my ability to eat a low-carb high-fat diet.

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Custer State Park: Climbing in the Needles

As I mentioned in the previous post, we left Rushmore with the intent to go straight to the town of Custer, set up camp there, and save the climbing for the following day. We had to head through Custer State Park to get from point A to point B anyway so I twisted Stefs arm to get her to let me check out a few routes that we might want to come back to on subsequent outings.

As we made our way up through the granite spires known as “The Needles” I pulled the car to the side of the road into a small pullout. The Needles Highway is quite narrow and as crooked as a Chicago politician. I extricated myself from the cramped vehicle and dodged a minivan full of gawking tourons and made my way down towards the spires. The charm of the Needles lies not only in the barely protectable nature of the climbs but also in its elusive layout which, taken with the shortage of quality guidebooks can leave a visiting climber completely lost only a few hundred feet from the road.

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French Creek Camp: the best camping near Mt Rushmore!

It is pretty tough to turn a relaxing time at an RV park into an exciting bit of writing, so I will summarize as best I can…but read on if you want to hear about the best camping near Mt Rushmore!

Custer was our first stop last year when we came through; we wondered if the welcoming and sometimes raucously entertaining ambiance was simply an anomaly or if round two would be more of the good stuff. We arrived later in the evening around 10 due to some impromptu climbing in the state park as we made the arduous 15 mile trek from our previous camp at Rushmore into Custer. Chalk it up to friendly locals and our inability to resist classic routes. For the sake of brevity, I will limit the climbing discussion in this posting and elaborate in the next…

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Mt Rushmore

Mt Rushmore is known to most for being the location of the presidential monument but there is a LOT of great rock adjacent to it which is open to climbing. Free primitive camping didn’t hurt anything either so it made sense as a first stop. The Black Hills of South Dakota are home to not only a lot of wonderfully friendly people, whose company we enjoyed for a second year in a row, but also to some wildly unique climbing.

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Origins of LivingVertical: adventures of a type 1 diabetic

This is where our story picks up. It’s not  really the beginning, rather it’s where we began to realize that we were part of a story and that was special; worthy of being recorded. So begins the adventures of a type 1 diabetic with better things to do than being limited by a medical condition that just happened without any invitation…

At the time that I wrote this (2009), I had been Type1 for about 10 years and didn’t know a single other person living with the condition. My wife Stefanie and I are seen here on the summit of Devils Tower in Wyoming. I didn’t know it at the time but my life changed dramatically that day. One year before, we had passed casually below the tower and from the safety of the road Stefanie said that I’d need to find another partner if I wanted to attempt it. Together we stood on top a year later and a world of possibility opened up.

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