LivingVertical has partnered with the Diabetes Hands Foundation to promote the Big Blue Test–this is an awesome initiative that empowers people with diabetes through exercise–of any kind, combined with targeted blood glucose measurement. Your participation will help YOU (and others when you share and promote the Big Blue Test) AND will generate a $5.00 donation to life saving diabetes charities for every entry logged!

What’s not to love about this? You don’t even have to have diabetes to participate–see the photo above!

Speaking personally, the idea of empowering people with diabetes through exercise is what prompted me to live out of my car and establish LivingVertical through Project365. Recently, I have been in need of motivation to get back into a training cycle and take better control of my blood sugar (climbing mountains doesn’t mean I don’t have slumps!) and the Big Blue Test is just what I need to get back on the horse–and to step my game up a little bit!

There is a lot more to adventure and climbing than what people label as “extreme” and over this next month, I am going to be showing how taking your diabetes on an adventure is something that anyone can do–through videos, photos and blogs! That is how I am going to be doing my Big Blue Tests–with simple, functional fitness. Please join me in taking steps to change lives through participating in this initiative–every day from now until November 14th, World Diabetes Day!

Of course, you know that I can’t simply swear off my rope and rack for a whole month–so I am planning a special World Diabetes Day climb for the culmination of the Big Blue Test–it’s going to be something special! Diabetes is what we make of it. Let’s take advantage of this opportunity to make our world better for living powerfully with this condition, one step at a time.

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For Day 1 of the Big Blue Test, I took my Diabetes up to the summit of Angels Landing in Zion National Park. No ropes, no harnesses, no technical climbing. Just putting one foot in front of the other. Join us!