This is the fourth year I’mve run a solstice microadventure challenge on my blog. I’mve noticed a very different response this year to the last couple of years. There have been more people than ever getting out into the wild, having microadventures and sharing their stories online. That’s fantastic to see. But there has been a smaller number of people specifically making plans to head out in response to my Microadventure Challenge. Hopefully this is a sign that the concept has gained enough traction for people just to be doing this stuff without me needing to urge or offer incentives. And, of course, loads of people are making their way through the Year of Microadventure Challenge and so the solstice was just another microadventure in a year of fun.
I see people sharing their microadventures online every day now (you can track the hashtag here) and these have been some of my favourites over the period of the solstice challenge. And rest assured I won’t be picking my own entry as a winner!
View from our bed at 4.50am. I had to leap out of my warm and cosy bivvy bag & take this photo of @inkonstantmotion looking like a mummy After the sunrise we went back to sleep for a few hours which was so good! Then we made breakfast (porridge & coffee) and a farmer drove past us with sheepdogs which made us panic a bit but he was completely friendly Sunrises are my favourite part of wild camping. You feel like it is your moment & all you can hear are the intricate sounds of the birds tweeting. I did look behind us and saw a deer leaping away too. #sunrise #bikepacking #wildcamping #outsideisfree #microadventure #nofilter #nature #countryside #southdowns
Best #breakfastinbed I’mve ever had! #cooking bacon over a little campstove at 4:30 this morning – how could it get any better? #wildcamping under a brilliant sky of stars and a huge moon – yes, it’s good to get out of the city….#microadventure #beachyhead #adventure #food #southdowns #wanderlust #notentneeded #life_estetique
A photo posted by Tom Perkins (@the_nomadic_kitchen) on
After finishing work, @live.the.wild.life drove to a mountain, watched sunset, camped, watched sunrise, drove to uni. Thanks for sharing your story We work hard 9 to 5, we play hard 5 to 9! ———————————————————— #miniadventure #microadventure #campvibes #exploremore #neverstopexploring #wildernessculture #wildandfree #sunrise #sunset #play529
A photo posted by Ed Smith (@rocketandsquash) on
— Alice G-B (@oceanograpalice) June 19, 2015
— Matt Phillips (@gwasanaethau) June 20, 2015
— Erik the Red (@erikrouge) June 20, 2015
— Зоряне Сало (@kosmo_salo) June 19, 2015
— In Which I (@inwhichi) June 22, 2015
Plus a fun blog entry from Ben.
Whatever you did this June, I hope that you enjoyed it and will be tempted to start your own Year of Microadventure from right now if you haven’t already done so. Find out more here.
It’s very hard to pick winners when the only thing that really matters is doing cool stuff, but the ones that stood out the most to me will receive prizes kindly donated by Mountain Equipment, howies and Osprey Packs (see below for prizes). . I have chosen these three:
And this family blog account from Galen made me chuckle.