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Microadventures: Local Discoveries for Great Escapes [Kindle Edition]

Alastair Humphreys
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)

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Adventure is a loose word, a spirit of trying something new, trying something difficult. Going somewhere different, leaving your comfort zone. Above all, adventure is about enthusiasm, ambition, open-mindedness and curiosity.

What exactly is an adventure? Something that’s new and exhilarating. Something that launches you from your comfort zone into a different place altogether. An adventure changes you and how you see the world. And while we can’t all be Bear Grylls, what an adventurer really needs is bags of enthusiasm and boundless curiosity.

Let Alastair Humphreys introduce you to the exciting world of microadventures – adventures that are close to home, cheap, simple, short, and yet very effective. A microadventure takes the spirit of a big adventure and squeezes it into a day or even a few hours.

The point of microadventures is that you do not need lots of time and money to meet a new challenge. Go on a night hike; follow a nature trail; take the plunge with wild swimming. This practical guide is filled with great activities and days out, and over 150 stunning photographs, plus tips and advice on safety and kit.

Whether it is sleeping on a hilltop, cycling a lap of the Isle of Wight or walking home for Christmas, it’s time you discovered something new about yourself and the world outside your window. Adventure is everywhere, every day, and it is up to us to find it.



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Praise for Alastair Humphreys:

‘Enormous determination, lateral thinking, and a love for life and adventure’ Sir Ranulph Fiennes

‘I feel proud that our nation still produces nutters like you’ Major General G J Binns CBE DSO MC

About the Author

Alastair Humphreys is a British adventurer, author and blogger. He spent over four years cycling round the world, a journey of 46,000 miles through 60 countries and five continents. More recently, Alastair has walked across southern India, rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, run six marathons through the Sahara desert, completed a crossing of Iceland, and participated in an expedition in the Arctic, close to the magnetic North Pole. He has trekked 1000 miles across the Empty Quarter desert and 120 miles round the M25 – one of his pioneering microadventures. He has written five books and was named as one of National Geographic’s Adventurers of the year for 2012.


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Alastair Humphreys is an Adventurer, Microadventurer, Author and Blogger.

He spent over 4 years cycling round the world, a journey of 46,000 miles through 60 countries and 5 continents.
More recently Alastair has walked across southern India, run 6 marathons through the Sahara desert, completed a crossing of Iceland, and participated in an expedition in the Arctic (close to the magnetic North Pole) and rowed across the Atlantic Ocean.
Alastair has trekked 1000 miles across the Empty Quarter desert and 120 miles round the M25 - one of his pioneering microadventures.

He was named a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year for his microadventures - simple, local adventures perfect for people's busy lives.

www.alastairhumphreys.com
www.twitter.com/al_humphreys
www.facebook.com/alastairhumphreys

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
By Edie
Format:Kindle Edition
Alistair Humphreys is among the breed of mad dogs and Englishmen who go out in the noon day sun. He says he started life as an adventurerer without the physique, bravery or finances that characterised his famous forbearers, but I bet he will go down in history among them. Having cycled the whole world for over four years on a total budget of £7k, he set himself the task of finding adventure on his doorstep; the kind of adventure that anyone can or might have, if they are prepared to step outside as night falls and set out on foot, prepared to stay out all night. I bought this book at a talk he gave at the Royal Geographic Society (he's an excellent speaker btw - relaxed and charming. My teenagers were hooked.)
Humphreys reminds us that our locked in or humdrum lives can be invigorated simply by dragging a sleeping bag out into the garden, or walking out on a workday night and sleeping in a wood you've spotted from the commuter train. His ideas are simple but challenging. He has been taken to task by another reviewer for fixating on outdoor adventure. But that reviewer misses the point, Outdoor adventure is Humphreys' thing. He shares his own concept of adventure here. It's not a bucket list of all the things you might do to shake off the rut. It's a list (to my mind) of the things you might not think to do if you aren't by nature an outdoor adventurer.

Reading it reminded me of the icy night I woke my small children, worried I was doing the wrong thing because it was a school night, wrapped them in blankets and sat them on the front porch to watch Venus glowing red in front of the moon; of the time we climbed Snowdon together one weekend when we couldn't afford a long holiday.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An armchair adventurer no more! 25 Jun. 2014
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Having being an armchair adventurer for many many years, with always having a reason to not do something instead of reason to do something.

Now having read the book and also dipped back into certain sections. Alastair Humphrey's Mircoadventures chipped away at all the lame excuse I had created for myself to not do something.

Because I had ran out of excuses, I have camped on local hills and around not too far away areas. It's truely amazing to view the familiar from an unfamiliar perspective.

Not only has my dull, uneventful, but comfortable life changed for the good. I really do feel like I have a new lease of life.

I am a middle aged man with a 9 to 5 working life and a single parent. If I can do it, what is stopping you?
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this book on a whim. I loved the idea of a book describing a little adventure to go on each weekend (or evening after work).

The book is beautifully laid out, printed on high quality paper. The pictures are fantastic, they really add to the overall 'I want to be out there doing this too' feel whilst reading. I like Alastair's writing style, never condescending and he pretty much answers any wee doubts (excuses) that may stop you from heading out the door.

I am already making plans about getting a bivvy bag and sleeping out in the Pentland hills near where I stay, something I would never have done until reading this book.

Buy it, you won't regret it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buying presents just got much easier... 5 Jun. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
If you find yourself dreaming of adventure but never have the time, this is for you.

Whether it's making the most of your weekend, adding variety to your commute or finding extra value in the 5 to 9, Microadventures is a beautiful, inspiring and simple guide to taking your adventures (and therefore your memories, experience and confidence) to the next level.

So whether you're looking for a present for Christmas, a birthday or just a friend in a rut who needs a nudge, look no further.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read this book. 7 Jun. 2014
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Been following Alistair's blog for years and been to hear him speak a couple of times, truly inspirational stuff and all his ideas are very achievable and doable.

This is a must read book for all young people and grown ups looking to get outside more and see more of this beautiful country we live in.

The book it's self is a lovely thing. Beautifully photographed and well written.

Birthday and Christmas presents sorted.

Great stuff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I've followed Alastair's career for a while now and always been impressed with his drive and tenacity in his ventures. His stories of cycling round the world or walking across India are beautifully written by someone, for whom it was about the journey and not the glory. But doing something like that with a mortgage, wife and kids, just isn't realistic nowadays for us normal folk.
However this new book really gives you the momentum to stop making excuses and get out there. Simple things like going out for a walk at night, armed with a camera or a tripod, or spending the night in the field. None of this is beyond the wit or reach of man.
The book is beautifully photographed and chronicles some great ideas that anyone can do. Love that you can see videos of some examples on his website too.
If you have an inkling that your life could do with a bit of a jolt and you want to discover more stuff in your back yard, then this is a great way to help you realise these ambitions. #microadventure !!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring and easy adventures - recommended!
This is a really great book. If you've read any of Alastair Humphreys' books or blogs you'll know this style - he's both inspiring and down to earth with a really approachable... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Alice O
2.0 out of 5 stars A book really about going camping
Having never read Alastair Humphrey's blog, I bought this book on a whim, largely down to the positive reviews and a sense of adventure (pun intended!). Read more
Published 21 days ago by Miss A Withey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book which has led to a new movement of micro adventures.
Published 1 month ago by Geoffrey Lund
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring, fun, get ready to have proper adventures at the weekends...
Really inspiring. Some great ideas. Makes you realise how easy it is to have a proper adventure even if you are busy / a parent / pressed for time / can't get far from where you... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Simon Rowland
5.0 out of 5 stars inspired me.
A very inspirational book. Well written. I enjoyed it a lot. I have already tried 3 small micro adventures and it's true that you feel great about yourself after pushing against... Read more
Published 1 month ago by neil g
5.0 out of 5 stars Great winter night read by the fire
Five star rating, because it does get you to want to go on a micro adventure
I never realised that this type of thing had a name. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book wish I'd bought it years ago
Amazing book wish I'd bought it years ago. Very engaging writing style. Full of useful info but manages to keep it interesting and humorous. Very cool.
Published 2 months ago by chris
5.0 out of 5 stars No excuses left. We've already taken up some of ...
No excuses left. We've already taken up some of the ideas in the first couple of weeks! If nothing else it will inspire you, now get out there and get micro adventuring!
Published 3 months ago by honesty
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should have a local microadveture
I was recommended this book by a friend and I am glad I went ahead and purchased it, I am now fully inspired to have my own microadvetures starting in my back garden. Read more
Published 3 months ago by R. Hutchinson
5.0 out of 5 stars get out there!!!!
What a great book!!!!!
This is pretty much a collection of simple, but brilliant, ideas to get you out of the armchair....... Read more
Published 3 months ago by tankosl
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