Climbing Mount Kenya

I am the first British Type 1 diabetic to trek this mountain for Diabetes UK. This is a great privilege but brings in added risks, as we have limited examples to follow in terms of diabetes management, as every mountain and trek is different.

Carbohydrates & Crampons

The climb involved a long slog up a snow slope to 10,000ft, then a quick traverse of a glacier to 11,500ft where we camped and ate dinner. After that, we crossed a much larger glacier with seemingly bottomless crevasses and scrambled up the disappointment cleaver, a rough section of volcanic rock

First T1D to Summit Mount Everest

In May 2006, he was the first person with diabetes to summit Mount Everest. He’s also climbed the highest peaks on all seven continents and trekked to both the North and South Poles. In some of the most extreme conditions on earth, he’s has led 15 exhibitions that were previously unmapped and unknown in Greenland, Patagonia, the Mountains of the Moon (east Africa), the Sahara Desert and the Thar Desert of India.

Hiking Rincon de la Vieja – Ups, Downs and Lessons Learned

Diabetes doesn’t care about your travel plans. It is up to us to plan accordingly and remain diligent in managing sugar levels. But even with the most extensive planning complications can arise, throwing a wrench in the gears of an adventure. I learned a few lessons about myself and carrying the weight of diabetes on this Costa Rican hike.

DYF Takes Mount Whitney — The Tallest Peak in USA

This eclectic group of trip leaders would lead nine teens to the top of Mt. Whitney. Regardless of backpacking experience, the trip was a chance for us to inspire teens in the toughest stages of diabetes management. By taking diabetes to the backcountry and helping them reach the summit, we shared hope that they would never view diabetes as a hindrance in achieving their goals.

Into the Wild — T1D Essentials

As T1Ds, our priorities are distinct. We can't begin to think about building ourselves a shelter or a fire, or signaling for help, without stable blood sugars.