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Microadventures: Local Discoveries for Great Escapes Paperback – 5 Jun 2014
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Praise for Alastair Humphreys:
‘Enthusiastic, pleasingly madcap’ Geographical
‘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, blogger, film-maker and photographer. He spent over four years cycling round the world, a journey of 46,000 miles through 60 countries and across 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 1,000 miles across the Empty Quarter desert and 120 miles round the M25 motorway – one of his pioneering microadventures. He has written nine books and has been named as one of National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year.
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There are trips for all types of people and lengths, from one night mid-week to weekend breaks and longer, all based around the UK - It really is a breath of fresh air.
If you're a solo traveler and looking for people to go with I seriously recommend you look on Alistair's website and the growing Facebook community of like minded Microadventurers.
See you soon on a freezing hill in a bivvy bag!
I really like the writing style, the photo's are good, the book itself is really nice too. But the best bit is simply all the ideas and there are some great kit list suggestions for people that haven't done much of this sort of things.
A really good buy and I've spoken to loads of people now, trying to persuade them to join me on a few more microadventures :-)
Alastair is an inspiration to all of us who are too often armchair-adventurers. He has inspired me before to leave the sofa and this book has done it again and I thank him for this. I 100% recommend the book to anyone who wants to be inspired.
What this book does, is inspire and give a framework for finding all the elements of advenuture but in bite size chucks that anyone living anywhere can tap into and make their own.
I am lucky living back in Scotland with access rights protected by statute and no shortage of wild places to explore (many examples are in the book) but having spent time in the southern badlands, I was able to seek out similar (albeit less wild) opportunites.
The book sparks a good constrast between what has been done in way of examples whilst also providing practical advise for those still to experience the fun of sleeping out under the stars before heading back to work. If you are nervous about your first time ...that is natural but jist dae it ...you'll be suprised !
One word of caution - sitting at your desk, tired ...maybe a little dirty but with a smug feeling of knowing what you did the night before is addicitve and before long, you will be map gazing planning the next #microadventure
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