I hadn’t heard the term microadventure until a couple of weeks ago, however now I’m obsessed with the concept, which was developed by Alastair Humphreys. The idea is that that these adventures are “small and achievable, for normal people with real lives”. The New York Times described them as “short, perspective-shifting bursts of travel closer to home”.
I consider myself to be fairly adventurous, I studied adventure tourism at university, and worked in the adventure industry before I started teaching. Over the last couple of years I haven’t had as much time for participating in the activities that I love as I used to, and I’ve been feeling pretty down about this recently. I’m a big believer that being outdoors is good for the soul.
The main idea of microadventures is that they fit around your normal life in ways that trips that might normally be considered “adventurous” might not. I’m about half way through Alastair Humphreys’ book Microadventures: Local Discoveries for Great Escapes
and I am contemplating my fi rst microadventure. Many of the ideas outlined in the book revolve around bivvying and wild camping, which for my first microadventure, wasn’t something I was keen on, especially as I’d be going it alone.
I’ve finally decided on a date for my first microadventure, to coincide with me picking my husband up from the airport after a business trip, as it breaks up the long journey, and the Peak District was to be my destination, but what to do? I wasn’t bivvying or wild camping, and I didn’t just want to pitch up at a campsite on my own for the night, sit in my tent alone and get up and go the next morning, so I needed a focus.
The answer was hanging on the wall in my dining room. Last Christmas by husband bought be a picture by a local photographer of Winnats Pass near Castleton at sunrise, so I decided I would head up one of the nearby hills to watch the sun come up, get some amazing photos and then head down. It’s only a relatively short walk, but as the sun rises at 4.30am, it is going to be an early start. I’m hoping I might get a couple more hours sleep afterwards, but I’m not confident.
So far, I’ve got a menu, a route and a kit list. What more do I need?!
I’m pretty nervous about a few things, camping alone, and hiking in the dark being the main ones. My navigation is pretty good, and I know the area well, but it does still worry me a bit!! I’ve done a fair bit of camping alone, when I first started freelance instructing, I used to camp on site to save money (and time, as I didn’t drive at that point, and a lot of my work was a long commute from home), but it has always made me a little wary.
I’m super excited about this trip, can’t wait for it to happen! If anyone has any advice, please let me know!