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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: William Collins (5 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007548036
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007548033
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 1.7 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Edie on 5 Oct. 2014
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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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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By D. Speck on 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dave Corn on 5 Jun. 2014
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Colin Hardie on 13 Jun. 2014
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Campbell on 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 By Mr David J P Thomson on 10 Jun. 2014
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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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