A microadventure is… something I’ve been doing for a few years without realising it had a proper term. I saw it recently on the blog/website operated by the adventurer and writer Alastair Humphreys, and it seemed like the perfect description of a mindset that I (hope) that I share, and that often crops up whilst running our bushcraft courses or on any of our other adventures. In the words of ALastair himself:
You do not need to fly to the other side of the planet to do an expedition.
You do not need to be an elite athlete, expertly trained, or rich to have an adventure.
Adventure is only a state of mind.
Adventure is stretching yourself; mentally, physically or culturally. It is about doing what you do not normally do, pushing yourself hard and doing it to the best of your ability.
From when I left school I’ve wanted to explore my immediate surroundings with the same sense of adventure and discovery that I feel when off on a ‘proper’ adventure in another land. Part of learning a skill in the outdoors is opening the consciousness to places and experiences that the modern world has forced us to close our mind to. Simply spending a night in a bivvy bag instead of a tent, or following a river from source to sea, no matter how long it is can change the way you look at the world, yourself and your life.
In the coming blogs in this category I hope to share the next 50 microadventures that I’ll be undertaking – and I hope that they inspire you to try one of your own!