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Destination: Muckle Flugga. Microadventure #6

Here’s the video from my recent trip to the Shetland Isles. My aim was to combine exploring islands with a bike ride (my longest since the biggy!) as part of my Year of Microadventure project.

What do you think? Any other suggestions for microadventures I should do this year?

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  1. I think this is the best video of the year yet and am really pleased with my progress in learning how to shoot and edit stories.
    What do you think?
    How can I improve?

  2. It is a very good video the only way to improve it I would maybe have cut the bit at the end where it trails off and there are a few extra bits tacked on. It is interesting how you managed to get some long shots of both of you. I imagine you must have pointed the camera at the spot you intended to reach, left it recording for ages and then gone back and got it later, and only used a small section of the recording. Do you find the camera adds an extra challenge to the trip or takes away some of the adventure?

    • Thanks Jamie – you’re right that less is often more.

      Trying to film a trip definitely diminshes a lot of the adventure. It’s hard to film pretty AND do a tough challenge (as you’ll see in a future climbing video that’s great climbing and rubbish filming).
      On the other hand filmiing really adds to the intellectual and artistic appeal of the trip. So there are pros and cons…

  3. Was the music “Frightened Rabbit?” Anyway another excellent adventure. What next? Circumnavigate Wales, they are just about ready to open he whole coastpath. You could even make it circular an add Offa’s Dyke. Or change to concept of adventure to more of a challenge. learn a new skill – diving and explore what’s underneath or caving? Maybe your challenge could be to rely on the comfort of strangers and travel with nothing? relying on others for transportation, food and shelter? Anyway looking forward to whatever you do next.

  4. Great stuff. You proof that even in Europe there are wild places to explore. … Just got to get out and look for them.

  5. Nice work Alastair. I really enjoy your micro-adventures.

    I’d love to read a blog post about what kit you used to film and edit this. It’s looking really tight.

  6. Kev McDonald Posted

    Excellent trip.
    My grandfather was the lighthouse keeper at the Flugga 1938-1947!
    And my Dad was born there!

    All the best
    (Just back from a 40 mile solo exped in the Exuma Cays, Bahamas on my inflatable kayak..outstanding!

  7. I could suggest getting down to the Isles of Scilly. Not a huge group of islands, but some fun kayaking to be had, especially amongst some treacherous rocks if you want! The Bishop Rock lighthouse is the last piece of land between the UK and America.



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