So you’re keen to try something new and different this spring. You’re up for a Microadventure. Great!
“But now what?” I hear you ask. “What should I do?”
The good news is that you can do whatever you like on a microadventure. There are even fewer rules than Fight Club.
All I’d suggest is that you hang it on this loose framework:
Sleep outdoors. Don’t use a tent. Pack light. Plan simple. Seek wildness. Challenge yourself.
Those with an asterisk I reckon are the best ones for you to focus on.
- Sleep in your garden*
- Swim wild – in a river, lake or sea*
- Go solo*
- Go with a friend
- Go with a family member
- Tick off some themes: river, hill, mountain, beach, wood…*
- Take someone on their first microadventure*
- Take a child for their first microadventure*
- Do one on a work night*
- Make a cup of tea on a stove you have made yourself*
- Sleep by the sea (nobody in the UK lives more than 70 miles from the sea – video here)
- Sleep under a full moon
- Spot a shooting star
- Sleep out below 0 degrees Celsius*
- Put your own spin on the 12×12 challenge: 12 beaches, 12 Munros, 12 rude place names, 12 counties, 12 different friends…
- Get there by bike
- Get there on foot
- Paddle a river – by canoe or tractor inner tube
- Learn to identify a new bird or new tree each month
- Forage for your food, or at least pick some blackberries
- Do one on Mothers’ Day / Fathers’ Day
- Go on your birthday
- Go with some random people you meet online via #microadventure. (Bristol, for example, have their own Microadventure Facebook Group.)
- Take a novice friend on their birthday
- Sleep out on a snowy night
- Sleep somewhere local but new to you
- Do something that is challenging to you but achievable today (e.g. a ride or walk to a bivvy spot which is hard but do-able right now)
- Something that requires you to plan, train or put some effort in in some way
- Lots more ideas for you here.
Thanks Alastair, for this wonderful inspiration.