It’s that time of year again, when we choose the most perfect moments and reflect on them, hold on to them, to validate to ourselves that they were something special. We choose these memories because they are the way things should have been, would have been, had it not been for, well, life. In these snapshots, the moments are unwarped and golden. The views and sensations are in fine detail: wildflowers dancing in the breeze, rainfall streaming down my face, legs overrun by a burning sensation from pushing…

Trip Date: August Long Weekend 2016 As August long weekend rolled in, we rolled out to Lake Lovely Water to spend a few days at the Alpine Club of Canada Tantalus Hut. The Tantalus Provincial Park is unlike anything I’ve traveled to before. The stunning Lake Lovely Water is circled by peaks screaming to be scrambled or climbed; if you’re not used to technical travel (beyond hiking), your options are a little limited. If you choose to book a few nights at the hut, you’ll have access to…

I was in a Sport Sociology lecture on Sport and Disability, and I’m keen to share a few lingering thoughts with fellow Type 1s. During the lecture, we talked about society and disability; specifically, how society shapes how we see things, how we think, and how we perceive disabilities. How we view disability is portrayed through a ‘grand narrative’. Grand narrative: General theme through which a story is written or shaped. I’m usually quiet on the topic of disability in context with anything, because I’m not 100% sure…

Above photo credit: Hamilton Island Triathlon Interview: Anne Marie Hospod, Iron Lady, Type 1 Diabetic Date: August 16, 2016 I have limited experience with triathlons, but I can appreciate the time and effort put in to training and competing. It’s a breath of fresh air to see Type 1s pushing limits and breaking personal barriers in any sport; Anne Marie Hospod is no exception. I’ve been following Anne’s Iron Lady blog for some time and it’s been a pleasure to watch her journey unfold. More recently, our paths…

We’re a few weeks out from the holiday season and well into the new year. So, it’s giveaway time! We all love free stuff (myself included) and to help you recoup from the holidays, Adventures of a T1D is organizing a contest loaded with goods. The rules are simple: 1. Follow @adventuresofaT1D on instagram. 2. Like the contest post (on instagram). 3. Share an adventure photo by tagging “@adventuresofaT1D” AND “#adventuresofaT1D”

November 28, 2015 Ryan and I attended the annual North Shore Rescue Christmas party at Grouse Mountain’s Altitudes Bistro on Saturday evening. With the great weather forecast (clear skies and a temperature inversion), we took advantage of our starting position; after the party, we grabbed our packs and hiked out to Thunderbird Ridge for a winter camp and sunrise. Stats This is an easy hike/snowshoe in the Grouse slackcountry with views of the Lower Mainland and beyond. Pros Elevation gain: ~200m Distance: 5.8km Pros: Low avalanche risk in…

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Above photo credit: Bookstrucker Photography Interview: Ian Adam Smith MacNairn, Ultra Runner, Type 1 Diabetic Date: November 10, 2015 I recently attended a Western Slipstream event in Squamish, BC., hosted by Connected in Motion. I met a fellow type 1 diabetic and ultra runner, Ian MacNairn. I was told in advance Ian would be attending the event, and I did my due diligence in checking out his online running resume. Needless to say, I was fascinated that anyone, let alone a type 1 diabetic, is able to accomplish…

Adventure has an undeniable way of delivering perspectives and truths about ourselves that we often overlook or even miss through the hustle of our daily lives. I’ve lived with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) for more than 20 years and I’m proud to say I do not let the condition hold me back; instead, it empowers me to reach out and learn through my experiences. A chronic condition can be an obstacle. It can change you, but it doesn’t have to stop you. T1D keeps me going and it…

October 4, 2015 A small group of us decided to check out the golden larches in Manning Park last weekend and went for the summit of Frosty Mountain. It was my first time exploring the golden larches in the Fall and I was pretty surprised to see dozens and dozens of people in the meadows and at the top. The views were well worth the crowds of people. You have the option of starting and/or ending at either Lightning Lakes or Windy Joe via the Similkameen trail. From…