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A Year of Microadventure

This is the year of the microadventure: a whole year when, instead of exotic foreign adventures, I am committed to trying to encourage people to get outside, get out of their comfort zone, go somewhere they’ve never been, go on a microadventure. An adventure that is close to home, cheap, simple, short, and yet very effective.

You do not need to fly to the other side of the planet to do 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.
Adventure is 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.

And if that is true then adventure is all around us, at all times. Even during hard financial times such as these. Times, I believe, when getting out into the wild are more enjoyable, invigorating and important than ever.

I am going to spend the year chasing adventure close to home. I will not go on overseas expeditions. I will explore my own country, and I will seek out short, interesting, rewarding adventures right here on my doorstep.

Why don’t you have a go yourself?

Please share your stories with me, either through email or via the hashtag #microadventure on Twitter.

My new book about Microadventures is out now!

See below for videos and thoughts from the last year of microadventure, 2011:

[UPDATE, December 2011: Read my concluding thoughts on this project here.]
[UPDATE 2: I was astonished and chuffed to have been nominated as National Geographic Adventurer of the Year for this project.]

1. Enter a race

2. Use your weekend

3. Sleep on a hill

4. 24 Hour Bivvy Challenge

5. Back to Basics

6. Exploring Islands

7. Source to Sea

8. River Swim

9. Grab a Map. Close your Eyes. Point. Go

10. Mountain Microadventure

11. Evangelise!

Done any microadventures yourself? Please get in touch.

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