'A microadventure is an adventure that is short, simple, local, cheap – yet still fun, exciting, challenging, refreshing and rewarding.'
Alastair Humphreys is widely heralded as the doyen of microadventures. He has literally written the book on them and defined the above description. Controversially I think Humphreys, for all his obvious success in marketing the idea of 'Living Adventurously', is not a microadventure pioneer. That tag surely lies with any teenage boy or girl brought up in the pre-internet age.
In a world free from Facebook, Instagram and (ahem) even the internet…life was one big microadventure. It was local and simple and short and cheap. After knocking on the door of a nearby friend you headed outside for fun, challenging and refreshing tasks.
I felt like my 12-year-old self as I waited at my central Manchester office for the magic six o clock mark when my 12 Hours of May microadventure was due to begin.
The 12 Hours concept was dreamed up by the two Fresh Air Heads who run natural energy bar company Outdoor Provisions and their pals at Albion cycling and Komoot.
Luckily for me, Luke and Christian – the founders of OP – are my pals. I’m a relative novice in the alternative accommodation world of B+B-ing – bikepacking + bivvying. It’s fair to say they know their shit – although not completely (more of which to come in the bedtime element of this story).