YOU MIGHT WANT TO KNOW: I am keeping track of my sugar trends by posting my blood glucose reading on our Facebook Page when it is expedient to do so and I am keeping a running tally of  “specifics” that are relevant to climbing and diabetes respectively which will appear at the top of every post in italics. There are a lot of FAQ’s about climbing when it is presented to non-climbers and about diabetes when it is presented to non-diabetics. For that reason I am going to be compiling a FAQ page that will make the factors I am tracking more decipherable for everyone, regardless of your attachment to this project. I would love to have some help with questions you all see as being relevant for that page. PLEASE EMAIL FAQs to

Climbed: Easy Rider 5.7 (middle earth area, Mission Gorge) Multiple laps 105 Feet, Approach trail 1000 ft (approx)

Total 1105 feet

Injected: 6 u of Lantus 4u of Humalog–this is without dinner and bedtime Lantus, so there will be at least 2 more injections tonight of approximately the same doses as earlier.


-Insulin-12u Lantus 7/8u Humalog 

-Carbs-approx 110-120g (40@bkfst/ 15@snack pre-climb/15@snack post-climb/10@hypo/30-40@dinner)

Gory Details

So today was a little slow start-getting up is tough when you didn’t sleep much the night before. Expected to have sunny weather and warmth–instead, cloudy, cool and breezy–definitely regretted wearing shorts today. Our climbing objective today was in Mission Gorge, about 15 minutes from San Diego so the commute from our current location was not too demanding. Lots of people walking and hiking today (I am assuming as a result of the holiday) but few climbers out as far as we saw. We set up shop in the “Middle Earth Area” on a nice, short, bolted 5.7 that I have climbed in times past–although the slick nature of this particular rock did flummox us on a move or two until muscle memory was rekindled.

No snakes or other wildlife oddities to report–we have seen some big rattlers here when weather is warmer, so stay tuned on that account.

Diet-wise, I anticipate various changes in my diet (remember when I was eating predominately whole foods earlier in the fall?). Right now my diet has returned to a sort of a mediocre status in terms of the quantities of greens and whole foods I am consuming and that will be another area of experimentation. It is one thing to tweak the diet while in the comfort of home, it is another to change it up without guarantees of refrigeration, with every penny being rationed and with a frequently minimalist “kitchen” setup.

One item we have been dabbling with is Nori (you know, dried sea-kelp that is used to wrap Sushi?). I have never been a sushi guy (largely because white rice is  absolute anathema to my blood sugar) but I am really getting into Nori because it has enough salt to make it interesting, but it has a lot of nutrients and it keeps well and it can be added to other dishes or eaten raw. If anyone is interested in making any in-kind donations to Living Vertical, Nori (provided the sodium content is not exorbitant) is something that would always be welcomed!