If you’ve followed this blog for a while you may remember me trying to rally people to take on a summer solstice microadventure. It was a great success, despite phenomenally terrible weather in the UK in June.
If you fancy a quick reminder of summer, here are three of the best examples of summer microadventures.
Setting the idea as a challenge was a great way of galvanising people to action. People who quite liked the idea of sleeping on a hill but would not ordinarily do it were motivated to get outdoors and try something new.
So here is a fresh challenge. A winter solstice microadventure. The 21st December is the shortest day of the year. The day is short, the night is long. But if the weather is fresh and clear this can be a beautiful season. The sun lies low in the sky, backlighting or silhouetting the world beautifully. And the night is cold and long, filled with stars and the greedy knowledge that you own this night while everyone else is tucked up indoors frittering their lives in front of X-Factor Xmas Specials. You are out there, beneath the glory of the heavens (and freezing your arse off wishing you were back home in front of the telly). And it’s a full moon on the 17th which is always a nice bonus.
Most people have a chunk of time off somewhere between now and early January. Why not spend one of those nights out on a local microadventure? Head out of town with a friend or two. Climb a hill. Crack open a box of 50%-reduced mince pies and a few beers. Earn your Christmas Dinner. Work off your Christmas Dinner. Do whatever you like. But why not try to squeeze one last night in the wild into these last few nights of the year? Reflect on the year just passed, scheme for the year ahead.
If you decide to do this, please stick your tale up on the Microadventures Facebook page. Pop your pics and stories on Twitter or Instagram. Use the same old #microadventure hashtag to share your story with everyone else.
The good guys at howies and I will keep an eye on all of this. We’ll send a book, a DVD and a t-shirt to the best / dumbest / hardest / most luxurious / most fun submission. There’s a good chance nobody at all will do this, but I suspect that if you decide to give it a go then you won’t regret it.