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Summer Solstice Microadventure Challenge

EDIT (July 2013): you can see the winning entries here. I’mve embedded the winning videos at the bottom of this post too.

Enter the Summer Solstice Microadventure challenge and win great prizes from Trek Bikes, howies, Osprey Packs and Mountain Equipment! On June 21st we want as many people as possible to try a microadventure.

Here’s the plan:

Grab a friend, a colleague or go on your own.
Head for the countryside (between June 15 and 30) by bike, on foot, by train, canoe or however you like. Sleep out under the stars (bivvy, not tent!) and have fun.
That’s it!
Rules are for the guidance of wise men and the obedience of fools. If you cannot do this on the night of the solstice (or if it’s really raining!) then don’t worry – you can enter for a week beforehand and a week afterwards. If you need some help planning a microadventure click here (remember all the links on the infographic are clickable too).
If you fancy raising £100 for charity through your microadventure you could go for the  Summer of Adventure idea.
If you are looking for microadventure inspiration watch this video (also embedded below) – if you can have an adventure in Milton Keynes you can have an adventure anywhere!


We’ve got some great stuff from Trek BikeshowiesOsprey Packs and Mountain Equipment to give away (details below). Booby prizes of books too.

Here’s how to enter:

In keeping with the microadventure ethos, we have tried to remove as many barriers to entry as possible. This means that all you have to do is submit a photo, a story or a video about your microadventure. As long as you make sure we see your submission you can consider yourself in the running for a prize. Here are some ways you might like to enter, though you are welcome to be more imaginative:

Here’s what you can win:

1st Place Prize

  • £600 Trek Bikes Voucher
  • howies Outback Soft Shell Jacket
  • Mountain Equipment Helium 400 Sleeping bag
  • Osprey Packs

2nd Place Prize

  • £400 Trek Bikes Voucher
  • howies Outback Towpath Epic Shorts
  • Mountain Equipment Ion Bivi bag
  • Osprey Packs

3rd Place Prize

  • £200 Trek Bikes Voucher
  • howies Microadventure Organic Cotton T-Shirt
  • Mountain Equipment Powerstretch Beanie and Powerstretch Touch Grip Glove
  • Osprey Packs
Please, please consider giving this a try! And please do pass this on to any colleagues, friends or websites that might be interested in the idea. Thank you!

The Winners!

Christoph Dressler’s photoblog of his microadventure

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  1. What a great idea, very much up for this one! I’m spreading the word via Twitter and my blog.

  2. I’m not getting this anti-tent fascism 🙂

    • Alastair Posted

      When I was in my bivvy in the rain last week I had to agree with you!

    • Author33 Posted

      It’s about being closer to nature, in a way. some people call it free camping or cowboy camping if you sleep on the ground without a tent or tarp. it’s practiced usually when you know it isn’t raining.. but I always camp in my hammock and use a tarp if it starts to rain. If you’ve never tried it, it is really fun.

  3. The microadventure concepts is so simple and pure. I can’t wait to post my adventure soon. Good luck people…

  4. I’ve been taking my son (who is now 10) out on micro adventures for the past 2 years and we are both looking forward to taking part in this challenge.

  5. YES! I am doing this! When is the last day we can submit our entry by? My adventure partner has a big track meet the weekend of summer solstice so we want to do this the next weekend. Will we still have time to submit?

  6. Scott Posted

    Looks like wonderful fun…any (useful) suggestions for those of use who live in the sweltering, buggy, corn-covered/unscenic Midwestern United States?

  7. Yes! I like this idea, a nation goes wild camping in bivvys on the solstice, perfect.

  8. Love this! Are all countries welcome to enter?

  9. I’m not on twitter 😉

  10. Ele Bell Posted

    Love this! Although it might be a good idea to show people how to build a fire that doesn’t damage the land (unlike the videos posted here) or you could end up with hundreds of people starting dodgy fires all over the place!

  11. Have been doing it for last several weekends now. I was with my Kuvasz boy exploring waterfalls in Hamilton area (Ontario, Canada) while hiking on Bruce Trail last weekend. Took a nasty fall on a rock due to poor light conditions.

    While I may not qualify for the challenge due to my location, I am going to take it anyway for my self-esteem lol.

  12. Can we enter if we are not in the UK!??



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