A few questions I have been pondering:
- How can I inspire people to build their own habit of adventure?
- How can people learn useful and necessary skills away from the structure of organised outdoor training?
- How can people practice these skills until they are confident enough to roam further and tackle bigger challenges?
- How can I help eager but nervous newcomers do their own microadventures without actually taking those people up a hill myself?
I’ve come up with a step-by-step list of challenges that I hope will help more people begin tackling independent microadventures. I’ve started small, with outings that almost anyone can do in order to build up skills and confidence. My aim is to build enthusiasm and competence in a safe way, with minimal time or financial outlays.
Can you tick all of these off this summer?
To help you get started, here are answers to the microadventures frequently asked questions.
- Climb your local hill in a group
- Climb your local hill as a group in the dark
- Climb your local hill by yourself
- Sleep out in a garden
- Sleep on a hill (or beach / wood etc.) in a group
- Sleep on a hill 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, perhaps by foot, inner tube or bike, for at least two nights. Navigate with a map or an app like Viewranger, swim in a river, cook on a fire, leave no trace behind.
I reckon that if you worked through these this summer then by the end you would have all the skills, nerve and momentum necessary to tackle the upcoming Solstice Challenge, the year of microadventures project or a much bigger grand adventure.