Local Discoveries, Great Escapes
“Our plan was simple, as good adventures ought to be. The best adventures are those that ring true, that can be summarised in a sentence or two, and planned on the back of a receipt from your book and map shop. We would travel from the south of the island chain all the way to the north. No buses, no ferries. We would pedal the length of each island then fold up our bikes and paddle by packraft across to the next island in this little northern archipelago. I fell asleep on the ferry reading the Odyssey. Tell me, Muse, the story of that man who was driven to wander far and wide… The irony of reading the epic Odyssey on a microadventure was not lost on me. But you don’t need to deal with a cyclops giant or the Siren’s song to have an adventure. All you need is something challenging, somewhere new, and a bit of imagination.
” – Alastair Humphreys
“Microadventures: Local Discoveries, Great Escapes” is the newly released book by Al and is jam packed with inspiration, ideas and suggestions for getting outdoors and creating a good work/life balance. Based around his own microadventure exploits, the first part of the book takes you out of the office for a 5 to 9 hilltop adventure, building and paddling a raft down river and going back to basics and survival in the woods – and that’s just for starters! The range of ideas within the book are wide and varying in difficulty ensuring that there’s going to be something in there to get you excited and reaching for your bivi bag. To ensure that there can be no excuses whatsoever, Al also provides some practical information with a whole host of hints, tips, equipment lists and location ideas.
adventure is about enthusiasm, ambition, open-mindedness and curiosity. Adventure is not only rowing oceans or cycling round the world. Adventure is everywhere, every day and it is up to us to seek it out.
“For the first couple of days we would travel cross-country, trusting to deer tracks to steer us through the steep, heather-covered wilderness. We scrambled up and down slopes, pushing through thickets and crossing racing streams. Progress was slow and our laden packs weighed us down. A splendid stag followed us for half a mile just 20 metres away while we climbed a narrowing glen topped with snowy crags. All around us was silence.”
As Al reminds us: “they may be small, but microadventures can still be challenging and rewarding. Each one is designed to inspire others to set their own challenges, challenges which may be short but which grasp the spirit of adventure. Adventure is everywhere, every day and it is up to us to seek it out.”
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