I first became aware of micro-adventures a few months ago and immediately loved the idea. After watching many of Alastair Humphrey’s videos, I was hooked and couldn’t wait to go on one myself.
The basic principle of micro-adventures is that they are simple adventures that can fit around your daily life. An example would be you leave work at about 5pm cycle somewhere and maybe rough camp overnight. Cooking your own food and sleeping under the stars. Then the next morning pack up and cycle back to work. I think the reason I love them is because they are just so easy and simple. Anyone can do them, whether you walk, climb, run, cycle or whatever. They are a great way to get out and have some fun, without spending any money. They are even better if you have a friend who is also up for a challenge and a bit of fun. They don’t have to be to exotic places, across dangerous lands, they are ideally local and not too far from home. An adventure is what you do and how you do it, not where you do it or for how long.
They don’t even have to be overnight, they are what you make of them. Last week in sub-zero temperatures and snow me and a couple of friends decided we were going to brave the weather and head into the hills. Many roads were closed but we managed to find our way into the Pennines and had a really fun and memorable day, albeit whilst our exposed skin was
turning raw from the cold. We had a great time that day, escaping to a different world on the bike. It was sublime. That one day made me realise how easy micro-adventures are. They require little or even no planning yet still give great rewards and memories.
The moment I got home from that blisteringly cold cycle, I was already itching to get back out on the bike and go on an overnight micro-adventure. I spoke with Tom (my resident partner for all things of this nature) and we both are really up for doing some micro-adventures more often. We may even do one after school next week. Cycle to the Lake District after school, camp overnight and then cycle back to school the next morning. A true boy’s adventure, I can’t wait.
Micro-Adventure Kit List
- Decathlon S15 Sleeping Bag
- Alpkit Hunka Bivvy Bag
- (Optional) Military Tarpaulin/Poncho
- Thermarest NeoAir
- Windproof Fleece
- Campingaz Twister Plus Stove
- Dehydrated Meal (or two)
- Flint Striker (if in the mood to start a camp fire)
That’s it! That is all I think you really need to take with you on a simple, one night, cycling micro-adventure. I may add to this list in the coming weeks but that is all I am planning to take with me on my next one. I store it all in my 20L Alpkit Gourdon rucksack, which also doubles up as a pillow.
I really enjoy cycling (If you hadn’t guessed from this blog); I also really enjoy exploring and travelling to new and different places. However this time of year when I am at school it’s impossible to just pack up and go off on a big bike trip. I think I have found the solution with micro-adventures. They allow me to keep adventuring and travelling whilst maintaining a ‘normal’ life. What could be more perfect? They also act as good training/preparation for longer expeditions and give good opportunities to test equipment. Time to go out and get micro-adventuring!