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Microadventures: Local Discoveries for Great Escapes [Kindle Edition]

Alastair Humphreys
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Book Description

Refresh your life with a tiny little adventure that’s close to home and easy on your pocket. Inspiration is abundant in this brilliant and beautifully-illustrated guide, perfect for summer holiday activities.

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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  • File Size: 152085 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: William Collins (June 5, 2014)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H6WQJPU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,440 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Alastair Humphrey is on to something. Why wait for that big trip, when adventure is right at your doorstep? This is an inspiring book to get you out the door for your own "microadventure."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Practical and inspiring guide to finding adventures June 15, 2014
By Tatiana
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I always dream of traveling the world, but the current reality is that I can't. This book gives so many great ideas of finding adventures near and around my home that I had never even considered. The book was a fun and an easy read that will change your perspective on the normally mundane places around you.
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I love the photography and the ideas in this book! If you've always wanted to have adventures, but aren't sure where to start or how to fit them into your busy working life, this book was written for you (even if you aren't in the UK). Have a 9 - 5 job? Alastair encourages us to remember that there are a whole lot of hours between 5 and 9. Don't have a lot of money? Some of these adventures require nothing more complicated than a pair of good shoes and a bottle of water. And the ones that require more? You'll just need a sleeping bag and a bivy bag. Easy.

I also though the inspiring adventure book recommendations were a nice touch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have book for everyone July 3, 2014
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This book is great. It is highly highly recommended. Alastair's energy and enthusiasm for adventures and touring cycling is contagious.
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Not a great page turner but a fantastic and important concept I will use in my 5-9. Good for ideas of microadventures but if you want specifics it's very UK-centric. Still worth a look, I'll probs refer to it later when planning a microadventure!
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More About the Author

Alastair Humphreys FRGS

Aged 8, Alastair completed the 26 mile Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge. At 13 he did the National 3 Peaks in 24 hours. At 14 he cycled off-road across England. After leaving school Alastair taught for a year in South Africa and travelled round the region.
Whilst at Edinburgh and Oxford Universities he undertook several expeditions, cycling from Pakistan to China (Karakoram Highway), Land's End to John O'Groats, Turkey to Italy, Mexico to Panama and across South America. Alastair ran a charity project in the Philippines and the London marathon dressed as a rhino.

After Oxford Alastair cycled round the world for 4 years.
He has raced a yacht across the Atlantic Ocean and canoed 500 miles down the Yukon River as well as walking the length of the holy Kaveri river in India.

Alastair ran the Marathon des Sables, finishing as one of the ten fastest Brits despite breaking his foot during the race. He has rowed to France with Major Phil Packer, a soldier paralysed in Iraq.

To fight off the wanderlust back home Alastair managed a sub-3-hour marathon, had a miserable time during the Original Mountain Marathon, the Devizes to Westminster 120-mile canoe marathon and another one during Tough Guy. Travelling round the World Cup in a camper van was much more fun.

Alastair has published three books, with one more due by the end of 2009. (He has also written chapters for Lonely Planet's 'Flightless' anthology, the Adventure Cycling Handbook, Stanorama and The Traveller's Handbook).

After spending a year teaching 10-year-old boys in a school's Special Needs department, Alastair is now training for the Bob Graham Round and preparing for SOUTH, the first unsupported return journey to the South Pole and the longest unsupported polar journey in history.

Alastair pays the bills through public speaking, fulfilling a long ambition in 2008 by speaking to a full house at the Royal Geographical Society.

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