Microadventures: Local Discoveries for Great Escapes
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Refresh your life with a tiny little adventure that’s close to home and easy on your pocket. Inspiration is abundant in this brilliant and beautifully-illustrated guide.
What exactly is an adventure? Something that’s new and exhilarating. Something that launches you from your comfort zone into a different place altogether. An adventure changes you and how you see the world. And while we can’t all be Bear Grylls, what an adventurer really needs is bags of enthusiasm and boundless curiosity.
Let Alastair Humphreys introduce you to the exciting world of microadventures – adventures that are close to home, cheap, simple, short, and yet very effective. A microadventure takes the spirit of a big adventure and squeezes it into a day or even a few hours.
The point of microadventures is that you do not need lots of time and money to meet a new challenge. Go on a night hike; follow a nature trail; take the plunge with wild swimming. This practical guide is filled with great activities and days out, and over 150 stunning photographs, plus tips and advice on safety and kit.
Whether it is sleeping on a hilltop, cycling a lap of the Isle of Wight or walking home for Christmas, it’s time you discovered something new about yourself and the world outside your window. Adventure is everywhere, every day, and it is up to us to find it.
my sleeping bag for the night. At dawn I walked through woodland thick with bluebells and alive with birdsong. For most of this walk I felt as though I had the land to myself. I saw barely anyone as I strolled happily through ‘my’ woods and up and over the steep, beautiful hills of Devon. By the time I reached Somerset my feet were hurting and my sweaty shirt clung to my back. A lady watering her flowers offered me a ‘cooling squirt from the hose’. The banks of the ancient road rose 20 feet
food we lit a fire with a bow-drill (by ‘we’ I mean ’Nick’). We built shelters from pliant hazel and hornbeam boughs and shivered, cold and hungry, through the night. We woke in the morning and spent the whole day searching for food again. And so the days passed. But it doesn’t have to be fun to be fun… Considering that we didn’t go anywhere, didn’t see much, and didn’t really do much, this was a fascinating and memorable microadventure. Living in a 15-acre wood with no contact with the real
the Siren’s song to have an adventure. All you need is something challenging, somewhere new, and a bit of imagination. Arriving in Lerwick by ferry after 14 hours at sea, it was easy to imagine that we were in some exciting, foreign country. But no, despite the long journey and the wanderlust fizzing in my belly, this was still home. The cafes still sold bacon and eggs and big sweet mugs of tea. We were ready to ride. We began at Sumburgh Head, pedalling north on a blustery summer’s day on our
You’ll feel very open, conspicuous and slightly silly as you lie down to sleep on top of a hill, but you’ll soon relax and enjoy the novelty of being right out in nature. 5-TO-9 MICROADVENTURE KIT LIST The point of microadventures is that you do not need much time, money or specialised equipment to begin with. Here are the essential bits of kit that you will need for your first 5-to-9 night away, and then some extra items that you might like to buy as your budget and enthusiasm swells. Longer
morning swim. Exercise in the park instead of the gym: mixing press-ups, burpees and the ‘plank’ with fartlekking or hill reps is a fantastic workout. Download the audio track for the dreaded ‘beep test’ onto your MP3 player for a short, painful outdoor workout that will look very strange to onlookers. If, like me, you live in a part of the UK blighted with night-time light pollution (in other words, a town or a city), then head for a Dark Sky area to reacquaint yourself with how impressive a