Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu said, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step’. Modern adventurer Alasdair Humphreys believes, “You do not need to fly to the other side of the planet to find wilderness and beauty.” Put the two observations together and outdoor adventures can start on your doorstep.
Alastair loves microadventures – www.alistairhumphreys.com/microadventures – where you can have fun for an evening, a night, a day or weekend with challenging or relaxing time spent outdoors. We call them ‘micrads’ and with our help at Sub Zero Store, you can most the most of the time. How much more fun at work would it be to share the experience of an overnight bivvy rather than talk about last night’s TV?
Here are some tips to start you on your way:
- If time is tight, you might want to consider doing a little research or, at least, thinking before setting out. On the other hand, you can just pack a few essential and head off. Sometimes, planning an off-beat micrad can be half the fun off actually carrying it out. Freedom to set your own challenges, timescale and style is what it’s all about
- If you’re planning to stay out overnight, consider where you might sleep – and how. Or walk through the night for a completely different experience.
- Aim to travel as light as possible, bearing in mind your safety and comfort. Into your rucksack, pack a sleeping bag, sleeping mat, waterproofs, map, head torch, something to eat, a full water bottle and a small first aid kit. Spare warm clothing, such as a base layer set or down jacket, is sensible and you might want carry a small stove and tent or tarp if your micrad would benefit from carrying the extra weight.
- If you’re not bothered about carrying the weight, then a few luxuries, like an iPod, phone and favourite snacks will take up little room. If you’re heading for the hills or remote areas, then it’s sensible to carry a map, compass, whistle and bivvy bag.
- Check the weather before you leave but, unless the forecast is dire, don’t let bad weather put you off – make dealing with it part of the adventure.
- It’s always sensible to let family or friends know what you’re planning to do and how long you’ll be away.