The microadventure was invented by British adventurer and author Alastair Humphreys.
❝ The whole point of microadventures is to make adventure fit around the constraints in your life, not the other way round. And so I hope that lots of people will commit to at least spending one night out in the wild once a season.
Four nights a year – spring, summer, autumn and winter: anyone can manage that if they want to. ❞ — Alastair Humphreys
Now that the weather is getting better, is it time to get out for some adventures?
🍃 Spring – the three transition months September, October and November.
🌞 Summer – the three hottest months December, January and February.
❝ Microadventures are adventures that are close to home, cheap, simple, short, and yet very effective. A microadventure has the spirit (and therefore the benefits) of a big adventure. ❞ — Alastair Humphreys
- ✅ Hike up a mountain
- Swim wild – in a river, waterfall, lake or sea
- Sleep out under the stars, in a hammock
- Road trip! (Swags?)
- ✅ Build a campfire
- Cycle somewhere you’ve never been before – how about mountain biking? Bikepacking?
- Have a BBQ on the beach
- Go kayaking, SUP, packrafting, or try canoe camping?
- Set off on a 3+ day hiking and camping trip
- Go wild camping
- Try a different way of getting to work – walking, cycling or even skating
- Climb a tree
- Go on a night bike ride
- Follow a river – all the way to its source
- Walk magnetic north until dusk – and see where you find yourself
- Spend an evening on a hill
- ✅ Watch the sunrise in the middle of nowhere
- Sleep on a beach
- Go bouldering
- Try Coasteering
❝ Here then is a tip that has helped me to squeeze in plenty of extra happy nights star gazing from my bivvy bag. I keep a rucksack permanently packed and ready with everything I need for a night away. ❞ — Alastair Humphreys
Spring Equinox Microadventure Challenge
🍃 Spring Equinox: 23 Sep 2018 11:54
❝ The weekend of the equinox. The equinox is when the hours of daylight and darkness are equal. There is a spring and autumn equinox. The days are lengthening now – towards the summer solstice (the longest day), after which they will dwindle towards the winter solstice. These four dates – the equinoxes and solstices – are key components of our challenge this year. We’re going to sleep out on each one.❞ — Alastair Humphreys
For the weekend of the Spring Equinox it was the build and launch weekend for this year’s BARCOM rafting expeditions, camping at Gunn Crossing. Not sure if this is a ‘microadventure’ but it is certainly adventurous.
Summer Solstice Microadventure Challenge
🌞 Next Summer Solstice: 22 Dec 2018 9:22 am
❝ Head for the countryside … by bike, on foot, by train, canoe or however you like. Sleep out under the stars (bivvy, not tent!) and have fun. That’s it!
Rules are for the guidance of wise men and the obedience of fools.❞ — Alastair Humphreys
Penciled in for Thu 20th Dec, spend an evening on a hill.
 Your Spring of Microadventure (2015-Mar-06] [Alastair Humphreys]
 Your Summer of Microadventure (2015-May-01] [Alastair Humphreys]
 Microadventure Ideas (2016-May-01] [Alastair Humphreys]
 40 Micro-Adventures Everyone Needs To Try This Summer (2016-Apr-27) [Mpora]
 89 Highly Awesome Outdoor Melbourne Adventures to Try (2016-Dec-30) [Concrete Playground Melbourne]