Diabetes Adventure

A blog to promote Adventure with Diabetes, bringing information and inspiration to people living with diabetes, so you can push your boundary too. Blog of adventure addict Type 1 diabetic Darol Howes.

Darol is a type 1 diabetic diagnosed back in 2001 with an affinity for adventure and the outdoors. Being rather stubborn he has not let the disease limit what he wanted to do, ever. This blog is a collection of his stories of diabetes and being out there doing what he loves most.
  • mountain biking
  • hiking
  • running
  • trail running
  • paddling
  • enduro
  • hard enduro motorbikes
  • surfing
  • and the list goes on
Being a diabetic for nearly 20 years of adventure he is a vast knowledge of diabetes adventure and sport to share with newly diagnosed and experienced diabetic alike.

About

Follow Darol as he shares his tips and experiences with Type 1 Diabetes during these adventures with his insulin, glucometers, CGM, continuous blood glucose monitor and insulin pump. If you want to contribute a story yourself or get involved please contact me in the form at the bottom of the page.

Brief History

Darol was diagnosed in 2011 while at boarding school with a strong sporting presence. He competed in Rugby, rowing, cycling, triathlons, athletics, skydiving and surfing all while at school. Since then Darol has moved toward adventure sports spending a lot of time surfing, trail running, paddling, adventure racing and windsurfing all the while trying to look after his blood sugar levels.
Type 1 diabetic Darol Howes checking his blood glucose level on his Medtronic Pump with CGM at the 2011 ABSA Cape Epic

Type 1 diabetic Darol Howes checking his blood glucose level on his Medtronic Pump with CGM at the 2011 ABSA Cape Epic

After University Darol started the Lesotho Sky 6 Day UCI MTB  stage race with Christian Schmidt in Lesotho. https://lesothosky.com/ and the Kingdom Enduro Enduro World Series qualifier 3-day MTB enduro event.
Diabetes Adventure: Type 1 diabetic Darol Howes enduro mountain biking

Type 1 diabetic Darol Howes enduro mountain biking during the Kingdom Enduro Recce in Lesotho

Major Events that Darol has taken part in:
  • ABSA Cape Epic: 2010, 2011
  • Expedition Africa  2013 2014
  • Bike Transalp 2016
  • Lesotho Ultra trail 2015
Read the blog: https://diabetesadventure.com/blog/
Diabetes Adventure: Type 1 diabetic Darol Howes shooting keith's flyover rapid during the 2010 fish river marathon

Type 1 diabetic Darol Howes shooting Keith’s flyover rapid during the 2010 fish river marathon

Diabetic control