What is a #microadventure ?
While hashtags are quite a new social phenomena, British adventurer Alastair Humphreys’ use of the #microadventure is one that has probably helped the use of them grow rapidly within adventure and outdoor circles.
But what is a ‘microadventure’?
Quite simply, and to quote Alastair Humphreys, it is:
“A microadventure is an adventure that is short, simple, local, cheap – yet still fun, exciting, challenging, refreshing and rewarding.”
And this is where the book really comes into its own. It is not a ‘story’ such as ‘Extreme Sleeps’, but an account of Alastiar’s own microadventures. Alongside are a number of tips and hints for your own adventures outside of work time. Whether on foot or by bike, sleeping in a tent or cave, you should have lots to consider after reading it.
Whilst Phoebe Smith travelled the length of the UK in search of her ‘extreme’ sleeps (and found some great places in the process), Alastair advocates keeping yours local if possible in order to ensure you don’t have to spend much money or spend time travelling before you even begin the adventure.
Start after work: walk out the door with a bag containing a sleeping bag, bivy bag, stove, food, water and walk or cycle to your nearest hill. Even in London, Alastair manages to make a 5pm to 9am adventure seem wild and exciting.
It’s the sort of book you pick up and read about one or two adventures at a time and, as I did, draw inspiration and ideas from them by creating your own ‘twist’ to them based upon the area where you live. It is a practical guide that seeks to inspire you into creating your own micro adventures and, this is the most important bit, making them happen.
We are fortunate to live in such a beautiful area that we could have a microadventure in a new place every night if we wanted; but that is not what Alastair advocates. He proposes the discoveries should be local. Life needs to continue and the important thing is about seeking a balance between working and living.
There is a great deal to take in through this book, but the underlying concept is quite clear through one of his challenges. This year, challenge yourself to seek out twelve of your own microadventures (one each month) and see how different you feel at the end of the year.
I’d add a little to this by suggesting that at the end of the year you review your adventures. See how many days at work you can recall as vividly as the twelve microadventures you had. Listen to how you speak about your adventures compared to how you talk about your work! Is it adventure or work that fills you with pride and fulfilment?
To quote Paulo Cohello:
“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine; it is lethal”
Buy or borrow the book read what spawned the microadventure hashtag. I’m sure there will be something that inspires you to seek out your own microadventure in your spare time.
As Alastair says:
“Live for the 5 – 9, not the 9 – 5!”
If you are unsure about your first microadventure, get in touch as we will help. Between us we can plan a comfortable first micro adventure for you amid stunning scenery with great food. That should give you the confidence to seek out your own microadventures. And I will know that my work (and Alastair’s) is done when you send me pictures of your own microadventures.
I won’t be envious.
Not in the slightest… 😉