Diabetic Pro Snowboarder descends remote Iceland Mountains

Posted By: The Ski Channel on June 14, 2011 8:49 am

FOUNTAIN GREEN, UT (Marketwire) – Professional Snowboarder and founder of Powder Lines, Sean Busby, has announced a successful expedition through the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve in Iceland. Busby has type-1 Diabetes and is the first snowboarder to complete an expedition there.

This Reserve is located on Iceland’s Northernmost peninsula and has some of the most rough and remote terrain in the entire country. Powder Lines, Busby’s company which he founded in 2007, is a world-class backcountry guiding tour business which incorporates educational components, including presentations from Busby that are broadcasted live via satellite phone to children at diabetes foundations, schools and clinics.  It was founded with the mission of conquering remote, unexplored areas to demonstrate to diabetic youths that if you put your mind to something, you can accomplish anything with proper diabetic management.

“Snowboarding the Hornstrandir and breaking new ground was an amazing experience made meaningful by knowing that we were showing kids that diabetes doesn’t have to get in the way of our most ambitious goals,” said Busby. “I hope we inspire people with diabetes to actively manage their diabetes so they can accomplish whatever they set their minds to.”

The voyage included countless ascents and descents in Iceland’s most remote fjords. Many of them have never even seen a snowboard before.

Busby relies on the OmniPod Insulin Management System to help him manage his diabetes in jarring outdoor environments. “With the OmniPod tubeless insulin pump, I have the freedom to pursue my expeditions to the most remote areas of the world without worry of my insulin freezing,” Busby said. 

Besides founding Powder Lines, Busby is also founded Riding On Insulin, which hosts snowboarding camps across the United States and throughout the world for youth with type 1 diabetes, fostering community and enriching lives through the power of skiing and snowboarding.