The Year of Microadventure project is gathering pace nicely, gathering plenty of new recruits as the weather improves. The idea is simple: spend one night a month under the stars for a year.
I’ve always known that some people will struggle to commit to a night a month and that others would not be keen to kip out in January or February. But 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.
On Friday it was the spring equinox, when the hours of daylight and darkness are equal. It’s the start of spring and those lovely long, light days. So I headed out to sleep on a hill. I made a little fire, cooked a steak, drank a beer or two, and slept under the stars.
In the morning I made coffee and bacon and eggs on the fire then headed for home.
It was wonderful.
The video at the top of the post tells my tale.
I challenge you to remind yourself of the wild universe out there beyond your house, office and commute and get involved in a microadventure this spring.
I suggest that you go for your microadventure in the same spot each season.
See how different it feels in spring, summer, autumn and winter. See how different you feel.
Do it with the same friends each time; do it with different people each time; do it by yourself – whatever you wish.
Start making plans now.
Think of a convenient but beautiful place you’d like to go to. Remember that you will be going there four times this year in spring, summer, autumn and winter so try to pick somewhere that will work well and look good in all seasons. (For example, I’m looking forward to observing how different the trees look over the four seasons). Make it simple enough so that you actually do it.
You can, of course, go where you like and do what you like, with whoever you want! But this list may help you hatch some nice ideas to spread over these four microadventures
- Swim wild – in a river, lake or sea
- Go solo
- Go with a friend
- Go with a family member
- Go with people from work
- Take someone on their first microadventure
- Take a child for their first microadventure
- Make a cup of tea on a stove you have made yourself
- 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
- Go with some random people you meet online via #microadventure. (Find a Microadventure Facebook Group near to you.)
This is a great chance for all the Facebook Groups to spring into action and perhaps arrange a communal meeting point.
If you are new to microadventures, here is all the info you’ll need to make this easy, fun, comfortable and safe for you. My friends at Alpkit have put together this great bundle of Microadventure kit if you need to buy anything.
If you’re not able to commit to a night out every month, then this is a great chance to at least get out once a season.
Please share this with any folk who might enjoy it too. The more the merrier!
And if you haven’t bought the Microadventures book, please do! It’s ace. I think.