A microadventure is an adventure that is short, simple, local, cheap – yet still fun, exciting, challenging, refreshing and rewarding.
As the world’s population becomes increasingly urbanised, busy, and stuck in front of a screen, microadventures offer a realistic escape to wilderness, simplicity and the great outdoors, without the need to ski to the South Pole or go live in a cabin in Patagonia.
The appeal of microadventures is that they make adventure accessible to people who may have very little outdoor experience.
I hope that this page will answer most of the common questions I get asked from people looking to go on their first microadventure. If you have any other suggestions for tips I should add to this page, please let me know.
These posts should be all you need to get off the sofa, out the front door, and up a hill for the night…
And, of course, I’d be delighted if you buy the Microadventures book.
- What is a microadventure?
- Microadventure films
- My blogs about Microadventures
- Finding a location for a microadventure
- Four Seasons of Microadventure
- A Year of Microadventure
- Locations for microadventures close to London
- Legality and safety of sleeping wild
- A kit list for a microadventure
- Making a beer can stove
- What happens if it rains?
- A recipe for microadventure stew
- Some of my favourite wild spots in Britain
- Bivvy Bags
- Sleeping Bags
- Sleeping Mats
- Ultralight cycle touring
- Filming a microadventure
- Advice on lighting fires
- Microadventure videos
- Microadventure Facebook Groups
- Microadventure ideas
- Squillions of blog posts and stuff about Microadventures
- Editing your film. Avoid these mistakes!
- Photographing a microadventure and an adventure.
- Packrafting info
There are good reasons why I spent over 4 years cycling round the world rather than doing it in 6 months.
Similarly I chose to run the London marathon in less than 3 hours and collapse over the finish line rather than jogging round at a leisurely pace.
There is a point towards me striving for a 1000-mile trek across the Empty Quarter rather than a week-long trip to Dubai.
To everything there is a season…
However, you do not need to fly to the other side of the planet to undertake an expedition. You do not need to be an elite athlete, expertly trained or rich to have an adventure.
Adventure is only a state of mind.
I believe that adventure is about stretching yourself: mentally, physically or culturally. It is about doing what you do not normally do, pushing yourself hard and doing it to the best of your ability.
If that is true then adventure is all around us, at all times. Adventure is accessible to normal people, in normal places, in short segments of time and without having to spend much money.
Adventure is only a state of mind.
That is why I came up with the idea of microadventures. Simple expeditions and challenges which are close to home, affordable and easy to organise. Ideas designed to encourage ordinary people to get Out There and Do Stuff for themselves, even in these tightened financial times. This year is my year of British microadventures. This blog entry should tell you everything you ever needed to know to try a microadventure for yourself.
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.
This is the goal of my microadventures.
Read about some of them here, watch the videos below, then get out there and do something yourself! Send me a postcard…
- A Lap of the M25
- 365 Day Photo Project
- An A to Z of London’s World Foods
- Across Scotland by foot and packraft
- Walking home for Christmas
- One night in Scarborough
- The Bob Graham Round
- Microadventure blog
Read much more about microadventures here.