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Challenge Yourself with a Microadventure

Do not make the mistake of thinking that because microadventures are small they must also be easy.

Seasoned adventurer Ron Lilwall proclaimed walking a lap of the M25 with me to have been harder than walking 3000 miles across China.

Walking a lap of the M25

When I walked home for Christmas I arrived blistered, tired and starving.

Elite Fish Bar

Being pretty terrified of climbing, I don’t think I felt particularly less vulnerable climbing the Innaccessible Pinnacle than Alex Honnold was as he scurried up El Capitan.

Cuillin Ridge

And if you just want to beast yourself, get exhausted and have a lot of fun at the same time, then you could do a lot worse than entering a 24 hour mountain bike race.

Or go and do the Bob Graham Round. Put me to shame: I still have not succeeded at this 24 hour Lake District Challenge.

All that you need to have a challenging microadventure is to come up with a bit of a daft idea and then go and do it!

  • Run to visit your granny in Wales.
  • See how far you can cycle in 24 hours then get the train home.
  • Canoe 120 miles into central London.
  • Run for 250 miles non-stop.

Do you have any suggestions? Have you had a challenging microadventure? Share your story in the comments below.

If you do head off on a microadventure, please let me know. Tag it on Twitter with the hashtag #microadventure or pop something on the new Microadventures Facebook Page.
If you’d like to come on a microadventure with me sign up here.
If you have any friends who could benefit from a microadventure, please send them this link.
And I would be VERY grateful if you’d quickly complete this 2-minute survey about microadventures. Thank you.

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  1. Write your name on the map with GPS tracking minimum height 5km or 3mi for instance and then the length of your name 🙂

  2. Small example version of the walk your name idea,
    just a small test to earn my coffee 😉 but the GPS seems to think I walked I N I S not I R I S 😉

  3. ‘Actually, when I watch television, I don’t feel like growing old anymore,’ the owner of a camping said, looking depressed.
    Thinking of your blog, I replied: ‘If you get out there, it is not so bad, there are merely friendly people… you need a micro adventure. Would you like to try my hammock?’
    His eyes lit up with the idea. Being polite he told me I could use his bed instead.
    ‘Oh no, I promised myself to sleep outside this summer as much as I can,’ I said.
    Next day there was no trace of depression left. ‘I am going to challenge my sisters sons,’ he said, ‘I bet they will love sleeping outdoors too.’
    I feel like an evangelist, spreading the word^^ And I will continue doing so… as a micro-adventure can be the cheapest medicine against feeling depressed. No side-effects either, I suppose.

    • I am sorry, I think my comment should be somewhere else, not underneath the ‘training and challenging’ bit. Not all adventures have to be though, right? Maybe you can replace my words to a blog about the ‘uplifting and fun’ part of a micro adventure?



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