Having a health issue needn’t hold you back from having adventures, and climber and diabetic Steve Richert has been on a mission to prove that.
I first covered his Project 365 challenge back in January, and Steve’s still on the road and still climbing, so I thought you might be inspired by his progress. I have friends and family with diabetes, and I’d wager you do too, so Steve’s journey could hit closer to home than you think.
Here’s an update I got from Steve, so you can hear it straight from the climber’s mouth:
“Project 365 is now 225 days deep [as of Aug 30]. We started off in San Diego, CA on January 16 and climbed in SoCal, and out into Red Rock in NV, Zion and Moab in UT during the spring. During these initial months we managed to climb the height of Everest [Steve's climbed 47,780 ft so far!], and I managed my first Big Wall aid climb (Moonlight Buttress) just before we prepared to head into Yosemite in the spring.
Some well known challenges arose when my wife Stefanie essentially had no option but to go back to work to pay off student loans and I continued into Yosemite. I took on El Cap with a new partner and there I experienced a lot more challenges aside from being apart from my wife for two months who was training for her job.
A bear broke into my vehicle and my car had pretty major brake problems – and I got completely humbled when I attempted climbing El Capitan. These challenges were offset by a major victory though, as our project received support from Roche Diagnostics, the makers of Accu-Chek diabetes supplies.
This partnership has already enhanced our ability to share our project with people all around the US – we were able to attend an event at Stone Summit Climbing Center in Atlanta GA that brought us together with several kids with diabetes and their families. We showed some of our video that we have shot and got a chance to climb with them. The results of our outreach even at this point are super exciting and we know this is the beginning of something amazing.
We are almost 3/4ths done with the year but are still battling weather, gravity, diabetes, vehicle issues and funding issues – so we would like to ask all your readers to take 30 seconds to help out Project 365 and it costs nothing but a click of a mouse provided you have a YouTube account.
Roche will donate $1 for EACH like our video generates! By giving us a thumbs up on YouTube and sharing this video with your friends we can complete all 365 consecutive days of climbing and continue raising awareness for Type 1 diabetes!” – Steve Richert