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Microadventure Ideas


So you’re keen to try something new and different this spring. You’re up for a Microadventure. Great!

“But now what?” I hear you ask. “What should I do?”

The good news is that you can do whatever you like on a microadventure. There are even fewer rules than Fight Club.

Night on Corn Du

All I’d suggest is that you hang it on this loose framework:

Sleep outdoors. Don’t use a tent. Pack light. Plan simple. Seek wildness. Challenge yourself.

Those with an asterisk I reckon are the best ones for you to focus on.

  • Sleep in your garden*
  • Swim wild – in a river, lake or sea*
  • Go solo*
  • Go with a friend
  • Go with a family member
  • Tick off some themes: river, hill, mountain, beach, wood…*
  • Take someone on their first microadventure*
  • Take a child for their first microadventure*
  • Do one on a work night*
  • Make a cup of tea on a stove you have made yourself*
  • Sleep by the sea (nobody in the UK lives more than 70 miles from the sea – video here)
  • Sleep under a full moon
  • Spot a shooting star
  • Sleep out below 0 degrees Celsius*
  • Put your own spin on the 12×12 challenge: 12 beaches, 12 Munros, 12 rude place names, 12 counties, 12 different friends…
  • Get there by bike
  • Get there on foot
  • Paddle a river – by canoe or tractor inner tube
  • Learn to identify a new bird or new tree each month
  • Forage for your food, or at least pick some blackberries
  • Do one on Mothers’ Day / Fathers’ Day
  • Go on your birthday
  • Go with some random people you meet online via #microadventure. (Bristol, for example, have their own Microadventure Facebook Group.)
  • Take a novice friend on their birthday
  • Sleep out on a snowy night
  • Sleep somewhere local but new to you
  • Do something that is challenging to you but achievable today (e.g. a ride or walk to a bivvy spot which is hard but do-able right now)
  • Something that requires you to plan, train or put some effort in in some way
  • Lots more ideas for you here.

Microadventure ideas


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  1. Now then.

    Your ideas are quite stimulating. I have found that since becoming a contributor to the Geography project ( ) that I am living a happier and healthier life, albeit at the expense of taking a camera everywhere.

    If I am driving to Manchester for work, for instance, I will plan an hour’s break somewhere I have never been before to explore and document the wildlife, history, or architecture and no matter how carefully I plan, what I actually find and photograph is summat unexpected, so I end up researching that when I add my photos to the web site.

    I now know so much more about wildflowers, geology, building techniques, history, art, water flow, commerce and people since becoming a geographist.

    The project seeks to save images ‘representative’ of every 1Km square on the national grid. Some squares have a handful, some thousands. Because after ten years we are creeping up on our 5millionth photo. But there are still empty squares to grab, mostly in Ireland, so go out and mount an expedition!

    We are slowly learning what ‘representative’ means, and have discovered that to document a place you need to be aware of change. We have photos of varying age and the story over time is fascinating.

    For microadventures the site has tools for blogging, writing collaborative articles, creating maps of journeys called Geotrips, and a discussion forum.

    One microadventure I am planning is to document a train journey as a geotrip. The site does not feature people much, so I will try to interview a few fellow travellers.



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