Ever since I heard about the term 'micro adventures
' on Alastair Humphreys
website I've been hooked!
As what he describes as the “refresh button for our daily lives”… uffff perfection for todays manic world.
What I love about micro adventures, is the fact that adventure can mean so many different things to so many different people. Whether you’re heading to a new part of town, or heading out to the lakes to crash in a Mountain Bothie, or simply heading out for a long walk in the country to take some snaps.
To me, adventure ultimately means getting out there and doing something with an enthusiasm and eagerness to experience something new. It means stepping out of your comfort zone.
Micro adventures have the tenacity of a big adventure, but just all condensed into a weekend getaway, or even a midweek escape from the office.
Believe it or not, most people aren’t as disconnected from the great outdoors as they may think. There are plenty of places that you can jump on the train to, catch a bus or club together and drive too within an hour or so of your front door. So what’s your excuse?
Personally, I've found that if I’m busy, super-stressed, skint, too tired for an adventure, then I'm definitely primed to benefit from a microadventure. Climb a hill, jump in a river, sleep under the stars.
So my challenge to you (if you accept it), is to go on a micro adventure and share your story with us!
I dare you, you may just get hooked!
Okay great, so now that you’re going, let's pack...
KIT LIST 1.0
Let’s keep it simple. Unless you’re planning on heading to the Arctic Circle, you’re probably only going to need the basics. Think of this kit list as the foundation - you can build, add, takeaway and customise to your liking.
- BAG - preferably 30 litres
- RAIN COAT - this is the UK….
- BIN BAG - keep your spare clothes dry in your backpack
- SLEEPING MAT - A MUST if you're planning on sleeping out - 1 underneath is 2 on top.
- BIVVY BAG - These bags are essentially survival bags for when things get gnarly. However they’re great to sleep in as they’ll keep your kit dry and the sleeping mat too :)
- WARM LAYERS - Wool or synthetics - if you get wet, they’ll dry quicker and are generally pretty good at insulating.
- MOBILE PHONE - I know you’re supposed to be disconnecting but god forbid something happens, a phone could just save your life.
- TOOTHBRUSH - come on, you’re not a savage… yet ;)
- WATER 2-4ltrs - 4 litres if you’re staying over night and walking - 2 if you’re on a short micro adventure.
MAP - just know how to use it...
- CAMERA….more to follow.
- FOOD - That you don't need to cook.
Let’s talk about documenting this crazy little adventure.
In today’s world of Instagram and Facebook, you’re basically gonna want to share this amazing little adventure with all your buddies!
Take a camera, that’s a given right! But (and I say this with personal experience) - don’t just shoot aimlessly. Try to imagine every photo you take is costing you… stop, take some time to compose that instagram shot. If you’re using a fancy DSLR of some kind take the time to respect the camera and take photos Chris Burkard would be proud of!
iPhones are so powerful these days that it’s pretty hard to take a bad photo, but again that’s no excuse to snap 100 pictures a minute.
Most importantly if it’s photo worthy stop, take a moment and commit it to memory….slow down dude!
That’s it guys (I think anyway).
So let’s get to it you soon-to-be micro-adventuring legends!
See you out there!
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