Alastair’s Microadventures

  • Posted by ruben
  • 26 April 2011

Back in January I was lucky enough to ride the Strathpuffer 24 hour race with Mr. Al Humphreys.

Al is an adventurer through and through. If you broke him in half like a stick of rock he would have it written in his bones. But please don't do that.

This year, he is keeping his itchy feet mainly inside the UK and attempting to keep his hunger for adventure fed with a series of 'Microadventures'

The video below and his own words explain it better than I can - follow him on twitter and his blog for plenty more tales of micro adventure.

Microadventure 2: Use Your Weekend

My aim for the year is to showcase small, cheap, simple, close-to-home microadventures.

Microadventures serve to scratch the itch for adventurous souls trapped by the bludgeoning of fate in sensible office jobs. They act as stepping stones for people who dream of a major expedition but feel that at the moment they are not quite ready. And they are a kick up the backside to anyone whinging and whining with excuses about how they don’t have the time or the money or the skills to get out there and challenge themselves. I have started deliberately small, with ideas that absolutely anyone can manage. In January I entered a race. And in February I went for a weekend away. These are micro microadventures. But they are brilliant.

If you add up all the weekends, statutory leave and Bank Holidays you’ll discover that you have at least 132 free days every year. 132 days is a long time. You could row across the Indian Ocean in 132 days. The difficulty of course is the fragmented nature of these 132 days. You have to be determined to use your weekends rather than frittering them with IKEA and the X-Factor.

So my microadventure for this month is a challenge to Use Your Weekend. Annoyingly I live about as far from wilderness as is possible. And yet by late morning on Saturday I was still high on a Welsh hillside, breathing in fresh air, looking down over the sunlit Bristol Channel, and about to scare myself silly on a downhill mountain bike trail.

Go somewhere you have never been before. Ride hard. Get wet, cold and muddy. Laugh with your mates. Then relax, aching and exhausted, having earned your beer. Use Your Weekend.

Do you have any examples of inspiring, invigorating weekend microadventures?

And do you have any recommendations of microadventures I can try this year?
Have your say in the comments or let me know on Twitter @al_humphreys