dHey, my name is Dave Nevins and I create media to encourage, inspire
and entertain those around me, while promoting good health and a strong
dose of adventure.

A Few Facts About Me:

  • Type 1 diabetes for 41 years

  • On an insulin pump for 18+ years

  • Born in Hays, Kansas

  • My 'playground' is The Dalles, Oregon (Columbia River Gorge)

  • BS in Exercise Science - Eastern Washington University (Cheney, Washington)

  • Associate in Arts - Green River Community College (Auburn, Washington)

  • Habitual adventurer, endurance athlete, photographer, filmmaker, blogger.

  • I hope to inspire and encourage those with diabetes through my videos, films, photography, speaking and writing.

  • Enjoy trail running, kayaking, mountain biking, cycling, bungee jumping, base jumping (tandem), sky diving (tandem), paddle boarding, hiking, rock climbing, mountain climbing, traveling, writing, snorkeling.

  • Sharing a glimpse of my life, one story at a time, in the blog section of this site.

  • Event planning is a strong point in my arsenal.  I organized the Tour de Cure ride and Step Out Walk (American Diabetes Association - Tucson).  Race director for the No Limits Sitka Sound Ocean Swim (5k / 10k in Sitka, Alaska - 2 years).  Banff Mountain Film Festival director (Sitka, Alaska - 2 years).  No Limits Dive For Diabetes (skydiving in Caldwell, Idaho - 2 years).  No Limits Over the Edge event (bungee jumping at the Hansen Bridge - Twin Falls, Idaho).

  • Created Team No Limits for the 2017  24 Hours in the Old Pueblo Mountain Bike Race (Florence, Arizona).  Team of 4 riders who have Type 1 diabetes.  Film I created from the team/event, is
    'You Only Live Once' (see 'Films').

  • My work with videos, photography, story telling and my creative nature has led me to filmmaking. I shared my 24-hour mountain biking film (team of riders with type 1 diabetes) above. I recently released 'Alaskan Waters' (see 'Films') sharing a No Limits kayak expedition created for people with type 1 diabetes.

9 Fun Facts About Me

1. I have been paid to ride my bike and due to my running. While I lived in Boise, ID I was the
    only bicycle messenger (that I know of). I moved from Tucson, AZ to Boise to take this position.
    Also, while in Boise I was a co-author for "Boise Backcountry Adventures" with Sandy Epeldi. 
    We ran all of the trails (over 1,000 miles) in researching the trail book (expect the canyoneering
    sections).

2. Would you prefer to sit and watch an NBA basketball game or be on the court during half time?             I have competed in a basketball shooting contest (three times-Seattle, WA, Phoenix, AZ and Los           Angeles, CA) during half-time. Also, I have shot from half court (Seattle) and participated in a gum       scavenger hunt (Seattle). Prefer watching NBA games from my seat! For the Pepsi Hotshot
     Basketball Contest I would finish in the top 8 and top 24 in the United States (for my age group).

3. My favorite adventure?  Hmmmm, probably my Tucson, AZ to Yorktown, VA bicycle tour. Epic!

4. I am working on my first fictional short story, centered on an ultra marathon runner with type 1
    diabetes who has some serious blood sugar issues during a race/run. I will explain what is
    happening to our runner physically as the drama unfolds. Similar to a favorite book of mine, 
    "Last Breath" by Peter Stark, a blend of adventure and science as the author reenacts the drama
    of what happens inside our bodies in the precarious last moments of our life when we push
    ourselves to the absolute limits of human endurance.

5. A few weeks ago I went out on a fat bike ride with a fellow type 1 rider. Near the end of our ride
    I crashed, connecting with a big rock, which destroyed my insulin pump. May not fall under a
    'fun fact' but I will include it.

6. While being possibly the worst swimmer on the planet, I was the creator and race director for
     three long ocean swim race events in Sitka, Alaska. 

7. I spent a lot of time running through the desert near where I lived in Catalina, Arizona. Yes, cactus,
    sand, heat and lots and lots of animals. I carry a great point and shoot camera to capture the many
    critters I see. Some of which are unique and rare. Last summer included roughly 25 Rattlesnakes, 
    3 Bobcats, 4 Gila Monsters, 50+ Tarantulas (many were picked up), 10 Horny Toads, 1 Badger, 8            Desert Tortoises (a number of sightings were repeats), 2 Black Racer snakes, 2 California King
    snakes (some repeats), 1 Long Nosed snake, 12 Owls (many repeats).

8. I lived in Alaska for about 7 years (Sitka). I had spent three summers vacationing in SE Alaska
    and decided that I wanted to live in the Last Frontier for the experience. Sitka was the only
    town I searched for a job before finding a position as Director of Visitor Services for Sitka
    Convention & Visitors Bureau.

9. I Love to test gravity! Bungee jumping, skydiving, base jumping, rope swings and jumps.

 

 

  Navajo Bridge Bungee Jump - Grand Canyon - Arizona. Photo by Barry Glazier.

Navajo Bridge Bungee Jump - Grand Canyon - Arizona. Photo by Barry Glazier.

  Navajo Bridge Bungee Jump - Grand Canyon - Arizona.   Photo and Composite created by Eric Peffer Photography

Navajo Bridge Bungee Jump - Grand Canyon - Arizona. Photo and Composite created by Eric Peffer Photography

  Navajo Bridge Bungee Jump - Snapshot taken from my Canon 7D. Filmed by Sean Crosby.

Navajo Bridge Bungee Jump - Snapshot taken from my Canon 7D. Filmed by Sean Crosby.

  Navajo Bridge Bungee Jump - Grand Canyon - Arizona. Snapshot from my Samsung 360 (video).

Navajo Bridge Bungee Jump - Grand Canyon - Arizona. Snapshot from my Samsung 360 (video).

  Oracle Rumble (32 miles) - mid way. Photo taken by Damion Alexander

Oracle Rumble (32 miles) - mid way. Photo taken by Damion Alexander

  24 Hours in the Old Pueblo with team No Limits (all riders with type 1 diabetes)

24 Hours in the Old Pueblo with team No Limits (all riders with type 1 diabetes)

  No Limits kayak expedition (for people with type 1 diabetes) - Sitka, Alaska

No Limits kayak expedition (for people with type 1 diabetes) - Sitka, Alaska

  Life as a bicycle messenger (Boise, Idaho)

Life as a bicycle messenger (Boise, Idaho)

  Market Manager - American Diabetes Association - Tucson, Arizona

Market Manager - American Diabetes Association - Tucson, Arizona

  BBAD (Border to Border Against Diabetes) - Arizona/Utah border to Idaho/Utah border

BBAD (Border to Border Against Diabetes) - Arizona/Utah border to Idaho/Utah border

  Assisting Jennifer Salazar with Media 1 during the Race Across America (Maryland)

Assisting Jennifer Salazar with Media 1 during the Race Across America (Maryland)

  VIP Guest at the North American Conference on Diabetes and Exercise (San Diego, California)

VIP Guest at the North American Conference on Diabetes and Exercise (San Diego, California)

  Canadian Death Race (Grande Cache, British Columbia, Canada) with I Challenge Diabetes

Canadian Death Race (Grande Cache, British Columbia, Canada) with I Challenge Diabetes

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  Mojave Preserve in California. Photo by Eric Peffer

Mojave Preserve in California. Photo by Eric Peffer

  Yes, that is my shoe - Glenn's Ferry Bridge (Glenn's Ferry, Idaho).

Yes, that is my shoe - Glenn's Ferry Bridge (Glenn's Ferry, Idaho).

  Navajo Bridge Bungee Jump - Grand Canyon - Arizona. Snapshot from my Sony Camera (POV video).

Navajo Bridge Bungee Jump - Grand Canyon - Arizona. Snapshot from my Sony Camera (POV video).

  Sitka, Alaska (photo taken by Deanna Rivaldo)

Sitka, Alaska (photo taken by Deanna Rivaldo)

  Canyoneering in Utah. Photo taken by Eric Peffer

Canyoneering in Utah. Photo taken by Eric Peffer

  Colorado (photo by Eric Peffer)

Colorado (photo by Eric Peffer)

  No Limits Kayak Expedition in Alaska. Photo taken by Adam Howard

No Limits Kayak Expedition in Alaska. Photo taken by Adam Howard

  On the way to the Canadian Death Race with I Challenge Diabetes (Grande Cache, British Columbia, Canada)

On the way to the Canadian Death Race with I Challenge Diabetes (Grande Cache, British Columbia, Canada)

  No Limits Aussie Rappel - Boise, Idaho

No Limits Aussie Rappel - Boise, Idaho

  Arizona Base Boogie - Photographing Base Jumpers in the Superstition Mountains (Arizona)

Arizona Base Boogie - Photographing Base Jumpers in the Superstition Mountains (Arizona)

  Base Jump at the Perrine Bridge (Twin Falls, Idaho)

Base Jump at the Perrine Bridge (Twin Falls, Idaho)

  Horne Lake Cave (Nanaimo, British Columbia) during the Horne Lake Leadership Conference

Horne Lake Cave (Nanaimo, British Columbia) during the Horne Lake Leadership Conference

  Quality time with a Lemur at the Luxury Travel Show (Las Vegas, Nevada)

Quality time with a Lemur at the Luxury Travel Show (Las Vegas, Nevada)

  Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument - Utah   Photo by Eric Peffer

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument - Utah   Photo by Eric Peffer

  Photo by Eric Peffer

Photo by Eric Peffer

  Navajo Bridge Bungee Jump - Grand Canyon - Arizona. Snapshot from my Sony camera (POV video).

Navajo Bridge Bungee Jump - Grand Canyon - Arizona. Snapshot from my Sony camera (POV video).

  Kelso Dunes in the Mojave Preserve (California). Photo taken by Eric Peffer

Kelso Dunes in the Mojave Preserve (California). Photo taken by Eric Peffer

Race Director for the Sitka Sound Ocean Adventure Swim (5k / 10k).  Benefiting the American Diabetes Association Alaska office.

  with I Challenge Diabetes (Naniamo, British Columbia, Canada)

with I Challenge Diabetes (Naniamo, British Columbia, Canada)

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  Oakland, California (Photo by Priya Patpatia)

Oakland, California (Photo by Priya Patpatia)

  Speaking at the No Limits Sitka Sound Ocean Adventure Swim banquet (Sitka, Alaska)

Speaking at the No Limits Sitka Sound Ocean Adventure Swim banquet (Sitka, Alaska)

  Go Fast Games (Canon City, Colorado) - I assisted (and jumped) Over the Edge Bungee on the bungee event during the games.

Go Fast Games (Canon City, Colorado) - I assisted (and jumped) Over the Edge Bungee on the bungee event during the games.

  Work on our 'Boise Backcountry Adventures' book (Owyhee Mountains, Idaho)

Work on our 'Boise Backcountry Adventures' book (Owyhee Mountains, Idaho)

  Photo by Eric Peffer

Photo by Eric Peffer

  Medtronic Global Hero (2012) - St. Paul, Minnesota

Medtronic Global Hero (2012) - St. Paul, Minnesota

  Colossal Vail 50/50 Arizona Trail Run (I did the 50k, 34 miles - November 2016).  Photo by Damion Alexander.

Colossal Vail 50/50 Arizona Trail Run (I did the 50k, 34 miles - November 2016).  Photo by Damion Alexander.

  24 Hours in the Old Pueblo 2017 - photo by Todd Rasmussen

24 Hours in the Old Pueblo 2017 - photo by Todd Rasmussen

A short audio (above) that I posted on LinkedIn.  It is a glimpse of my life, with focus on my work background and my Type 1 adventures.

Link to a story that Diabetes Forecast featured:

http://www.diabetesforecast.org/2009/dec/athlete-with-type-1-diabetes-tackles-extreme-sports.html

Link to a story that the American Diabetes Association featured:

http://diabetesstopshere.org/2016/06/24/daves-diabetes-story/

Linked to a photo and story on the Diabetes Sports Project Instagram page:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BXTM7nNASKO/?hl=en&taken-by=diabetessportsproject

Link to a story (Diabetics and video on The Diabetes Site Blog (No Limits:  Diabetics Can Achieve Awesome Things)

http://diabetesawarenesssite.com/?p=1168