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  1. Sasha
    Sasha July 10, 2013 at 12:01 am | | Reply

    It is good to conduct outdoor adventure programs for teenagers with type 1 diabetes.

  2. Dr. Pullen
    Dr. Pullen July 11, 2013 at 10:02 pm | | Reply

    This camp sounds like a wonderful experience for diabetic youth. Glad to see it is thriving and seems to have wide support. We too have excellent resources in our state, but they pale in comparison to this place. Good work.

  3. Sean
    Sean July 24, 2013 at 12:32 pm | | Reply

    I have worked for Outward Bound in Colorado. I was supposed to be instructing for them this summer, but I was diagnosed with Type 1 about a month ago. I unfortunately am not participating with the program (at least for this summer) because of it.

    Instructors had about a 2 week training this May. For about a week of it we were backpacking between 10,000 and 14,000 feet. It was a physically demanding training. For example, one day we climbed a couleur to summit a 14000+ peak. Other days involved practicing mountaineering skills. It was not uncommon for us to be waking up around 3AM to go climb some mountains or practice using ice axes to self-arrest.

    I was so tired, hungry, and irritable. I could not understand why people were moving faster than I was. I was eating twice as much as people that weighed 60 pounds more than me. At night I was freezing, despite having a pretty good sleeping bag. I thought I was just out of shape. Afterwards I went to the doctor because I had all the classic symptoms of T1 (I did not know this, my mother who is a nurse noticed it when I came home to visit her). I was sent to the ER- Turns out my A1c was 17% and my sugar was 775. So many things made sense when I found out I had diabetes. I had made so many excuses for months as to why I was not feeling good, I did not have a clue how bad it had actually gotten.

    I immediately thought about how cool it would be to design some backpacking programs for people with diabetes, even other diseases. Thanks for writing this article, glad that I found it! Very inspiring.

  4. Kassie
    Kassie August 15, 2013 at 3:02 am | | Reply

    I know several folks who participated in a diabetes-specific Outward Bound program in New England many (like 20?) years ago. It is wonderful to see this continued/expanded/revitalized!

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