You may have heard the term Microadventure before, you may have not. The term was coined by the British adventurer Alastair Humphreys and it aims at getting people out of the house into the local nature to try something new, like sleeping on a hill under the stars for a night. With an emphasis on keeping the trips small, easy to plan and local so anyone of any fitness and skill level can do them. Quoting Al, these types of adventures are a chance to:
- To experience the wild and escape from the rushed, mundane real world.
- To do something new, fun and different.
- To spend memorable time with your friends, family or by yourself.
- To challenge yourself, surprise yourself, and achieve something to be proud of.
Sounds like fun right? This year, he has taken the idea one step further, encouraging people to commit to one microadventure for each month of 2015. I thought it sounded like a great idea, so, for one year, I pledge to do just that and head out on at least one microadventure each month, wherever I might be. There, I have officially said it, so now I have to do it. I’m not necessarily going to stick to the dates or activities suggested in the photo above, just stick to the getting outside and trying something new bit. But that is the spirit of these trips, there are no hard and fast rules, they can be big, they can be small, they can be tiny. For you it could mean paddling that river you’ve been meaning to for the last few years or exploring that abandoned ruin in the woods or making a fire and toasting marshmallows or running a 10k or cycling to your aunties house… The possibilities are endless.
So why not join me and hundreds of others for a memorable year of micro adventures. Grab your sleeping bag, some food and some friends and head out to the woods. If you’re still a bit unsure about sleeping on a hill or have any other questions, check out Al’s detailed blog post – Your Year of Microadventure, which has lots of advice on planning your trips. Good luck!