As I’ve happily watched the concept of Microadventures grow and spread beyond the branches of just my own blog, my thoughts increasingly turn to how Microadventures might be used to help more people gain exposure to outdoor activities, as well as how they can help people take the next step up to bigger and bolder adventures.
I would love to hear your thoughts, reflections and ideas about these three questions:
- How can we inspire people to build their own habit of living adventurously?
- How can people self-learn skills away from the structure of organised adventure training?
- How can young people develop skills and independence until they are trusted to roam further and tackle bigger challenges by themselves?
One of my big goals is to help Microadventures gain sufficient momentum so that it can accelerate away without needing me to prod it along.
So I’ve tried to come up with a step-by-step list of activities aiming to encourage independent microadventures that anyone can begin, and to build up skills and confidence without access to expertise, training or facilities.
The aim is to encourage self-motivation, independence and learning from mistakes in a safe way, with minimal time or financial cost. Again – your thoughts would be welcomed.
- Climb your local hill in a group – choose a hill that you can see from your house / town
- Climb your local hill in the dark with a friend
- Climb your local hill by yourself
- Sleep out in your garden
- Sleep on the hill for the night in a group
- Sleep on the hill for the night by yourself
- Go on a journey – for a day, in a group
- Go on a journey – for a day, by yourself
- Go on a journey overnight, in a group
- Go on a journey overnight, by yourself
- Go on a journey that requires some planning or skill, perhaps by raft or inner tube, or by bike, for at least two nights. Navigate with a map, swim in a river, cook on a fire
Some useful skills to learn and practise along the way:
- Cook on a fire. Leave no trace
- Build a basha
- Make a drinks can stove
- Explore your local area on Bing Maps using the Ordnance Survey feature and learn how it shows the lie of the land.
A few questions to consider:
- What can an idea like this add to the experience provided by Outdoor Education agencies?
- What is good about this idea?
- What is bad about this idea?
- What objections do you think people will raise that stop people from doing these activities?