Adventure is only a state of mind.
Adventure is about stretching yourself physically, mentally, culturally or emotionally.
Its about doing what you love, doing what you wouldn’t normally do, pushing yourself hard and to the best of your ability. It’s about exploring places you wouldn’t normally explore, meeting and accepting people that may not fit it inside your usual mould of normality. About being prepared to be humbled, maybe even humiliated in the name of personal growth.
If this is true, then adventure is all around us, we have the potential to live and breathe adventure everywhere we go. And this means it’s accessible to all – no matter your budget, your fears or your current situation. Adventure does not discriminate.
Adventure is only a state of mind!
As such, upon hearing the term “microadventure” (coined by a bloke called Alastair Humphreys in GB) I’ve decided to adopt a year of these mini adventures to satisfy my restless adventurous soul. What are they?
“A microadventure is an adventure that is short, simple, local, cheap – yet still fun, exciting, challenging, refreshing and rewarding.”
As the world’s population becomes increasingly urbanised, busy, and stuck in front of a screen, microadventures offer a realistic escape to wilderness, simplicity and the great outdoors, without the need to ski to the South Pole or go live in a cabin in Patagonia. They’re accessible to people like me with very little inner Bear Grylls, and they’re simple enough to drag your friends on!
So here we go. 12 months of Microadventures. Starting now. In no particular order I am planning to do the following:
- Do the Spring Challenge – A Women’s multipart adventure race. 10-15km Rafting, 45-55km Biking, 20-30km hiking
- Do the Waikaremoana Great Walk – a 44 kilometre tramping track which follows the southern and western coast of Lake Waikaremoana in the North Island
- Do one of the South Island Great Walks.
- Walk to the summit of Mt Ruapehu from one ski field, and ski down into the other.
- Spend a weekend sleeping in my tent by a random surf beach I’ve never been to. Wake up and go surfing.
- Finally climb outdoors. I have spent years burning away afternoons in the climbing gyms. It’s time to finally use the skills I’ve learned!
- Cook a gourmet 3-course dinner on a fire I’ve made myself.
- Learn to sail – I intend to do a course for this one.
Heaps more suggestions welcome 🙂 The more creative the better. Hey, maybe I’ll even give geocaching a crack…