Hey, 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
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
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 spend a lot of time running through the desert near where I live 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.
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:
Link to a story that the American Diabetes Association featured:
Linked to a photo and story on the Diabetes Sports Project Instagram page:
Link to a story (Diabetics and video on The Diabetes Site Blog (No Limits: Diabetics Can Achieve Awesome Things)