Microadventures

Great Falls Billy Goat Trail

We’ve got some new, wild and wonderful things to do and some bizarre and outlandish sites to see, but what about finding adventure in one’s mundane, everyday surroundings? Our boy Alastair Humhreys has the perfect solution. This is a guy who’s trekked the globe 500 ways and has made a living speaking and writing about his travels. He even won National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year. But not for walking across India or biking the world… he won it for inventing the “microadventure.”

Humphreys challenged our everyday notions of adventure by encouraging himself and others to find discomfort in comfort and extraordinary in ordinary, brainstorming a variety of adventure ideas right outside our front doors. His own first microadventure? To hike London’s M-25, starting at his doorstep. (For those of us in the DC Metro area, that’s like walking the Beltway.) Perhaps not the most exotic trip you’ve ever had in mind, but it did get him some free beers and new friends. And aren’t those some of the best parts of any given adventure? Humphreys didn’t stop there, though. He later outlined A Year of Microadventure and asked that the rest of us join in and tweet back with the results—grab a map, point, go; climb a mountain; enter a race. Any interest?

It’s true. Those specific examples aren’t incredibly practical for parents, say, or even for my husband who recently had knee surgery, but here are a few that are… river swim, sleep on a hill, camp… Alastair has outlined a plethora of ideas, free from exorbitant expenses, that are kid-friendly, that can be done in a single weekend, by anyone, at a broad range of physical activity levels. The usual “no-time-off-work, I’ve-got-the-kids, it’s-expensive” replies just won’t pass the sniff test here. Get out and maximize your weekends! …And then let me know how it goes, so I can blog about it.


Today’s featured photo: Climb a mountain microadventure? Okay, so maybe it’s not a mountain per se, but the #AdventurePartnerForLife and I did hike Great Falls’ Billy Goat Trail, a 4.7 mile hike that includes a 50-foot free-climb up a steep rock face. Not for the weak of heart.

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2 comments

  1. I love the idea of a microadventure. I think that too often we tend to think we have to get away for adventure, which just isn’t true. You can camp with your kids in the backyard, build an igloo, go geocaching, etc. Great post!

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