How do you Microadventure?

I’ve been asked on twitter about what a Microadventure is and how I do them.

Microadventures are the brain child of Alastair Humphreys. The basic idea is a bit of an adventure that is accessible to most people. So you don’t need to save up thousands of pounds to fund a cycle ride across Africa, or climb Everest. You don’t need to take 6 months off work. An adventure you can do mid week, and still be at your desk for 9am.

It’s a great idea and one I’ve embraced, it’s allowed me to get out and enjoy nature without having to save up thousands for an international multi week trip through the wilds. Don’t get me wrong, I still want to do those trips, I’m still saving up, I still spend too much time pouring over maps. But when the modern world all gets too much, a microadventure allows me to get out there into nature and relax.

So what do you need to get out on a microadventure? Well that depends. As with all adventures there’s no one formula, there is no one true way. All I can say is how I do them. My packing list for a trip out is based around:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleep mat
  • Bivvi bag
  • Tarp + pegs
  • Backpack
  • Bottle of water

That’s it. You can take more, but you don’t need to i.e. I usually take a stove with me so I can make a mug a tea, but it’s not a necessity. Sometimes if the weather forecast is for clear weather, I may leave the tarp at home, or I may take it and not use it. But the essence is the bare minimum needed for a comfortable night out in the wilds.

If you’re in the Kent area, or able to easily get here, and interested in giving Microadventures a go, drop me a line. I’m always looking for company to join me. You don’t need to own all the kit, I’ve got spares of all of the above bar sleeping bag and backpack. So if you’ve got a sleeping bag, and something to carry it in, and can get to a station hsuch as Wye or Ham street, drop me a line!

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