Microadventures: Great Escapes Out Your Front Door with Alastair Humphreys Episode #38

Aaron McHugh


I love this guy! I share the same insatiable curiosity of what is around the next corner. “Change how you see the world”

See if you fit the profile…

“If you are too stresses, too busy, too broke or too tired for an adventure. Then you are the perfect candidate. You got yourself a mortgage and a lawnmower. Microadventures urges you to rediscover the rivers and sunsets you used to enjoy. Its a book that gives you a permission to regain a childlike enjoyment of wild places”

Today’s podcast interview is with Adventurer of the Year, Alastair Humphreys. Meet Mr. Microadventure. He is a pioneer in the accessibility of adventure for EVERYONE. Yes he Alastair has cycled round the world for 4 years, raced a yacht across the Atlantic Oceancanoed 500 miles down the Yukon River and walked the length of the holy Kaveri river in India.

But that isn’t what he is proposing that you do.

Alastair River Swim MicroAdventure
Alastair River Swim MicroAdventure

Outside Magazine said, “Alastair Humphreys blew up my can’t-do paradigm. Humphrey preaches the gospel of micro adventures, quick outings that offer something different, something exciting-but cheap, simple, short and on your doorstep.” Read what The New York Times had to say about about The Virtues of Microadventures.

Alastair romping across the planet
Alastair romping across the planet

Microadventures: a refresh button for busy lives.

What is a Microadventure?
(From Alastair Humphreys & www.microadventures.org)
Adventure is the spirit of trying something new, trying something difficult. It is about enthusiasm, ambition, open-mindedness and curiosity.

We all have to pragmatically juggle the commitments and constraints of our “real lives”. But we can still have a microadventure.

Getting out into the wild, if only for one night, is enjoyable, invigorating and important. Today’s podcasts explores the small, easily accessible, bursts of adventure that can happen right out our front door regardless of our fitness, discretionary income or large amounts of time away from home.

Alastair polar expedition style
Alastair polar expedition style

Click to Listen to my interview with Alastair Humphreys

Podcast Highlights Microadventures:

  • What was the lowest moment Alastair experienced during all his adventures
  • Why stepping away from our real life gives us perspective when we return.
  • How did Alastair transition from giant adventures like crossing Iceland to taking a walk on a full moon an hour from home?
  • Understand why you don’t always need a sensible purpose for heading out on an adventure
  • 5 pm to 9 am (sixteen hours) are a perfect window to have a Microadventure on a Wednesday night with some friends
  • How to get started with Microadventures and why you don’t need to be in great shape, have a lot of time or experience to get started

What are the benefits of a Microadventure?

According to Alastair, “It still captures the essence of big adventures:

  • The challenge
  • The Fun
  • The escapism
  • The learning experiences
  • The excitement

 Examples of a Microadventure (Buy his book to get the full list)

  • Enter a race
  • Take a walk on a harvest moon
  • Walking home for Christmas
  • Catch it, Cook it, Eat it
  • Swim in a river
  • A credit card, a cell phone
  • Build a wild hut
  • Sleep on a hill

Adventure is a state of mind

"A spirit of trying something new and leaving your comfort zone. It's about enthusiasm, ambition, open-mindedness and curiosity"
"I do it because it's fun. I do it because it is miserable and difficult, but also because it is easier in many ways than the complicated confusion and stress and hassle of modern life".
Alastair on one of his desert expeditions
Alastair on one of his desert expeditions

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