According to the British adventurer, Alastair Humphreys, a microadventure is:
“an adventure that is short, simple, local, cheap – yet still fun, exciting, challenging, refreshing and rewarding.”
Some of my kids and I have been doing microadventures for awhile now and are firm believers in the fun they can be, even when very short and close to home. We are lucky to live literally at the base of the Wasatch Mountains in Utah and can be at several nice trailheads with a fifteen minutes drive from our house, some within 5 minutes. Yesterday my son Niels and I were itching to get out; it had been too long since we slept out in the mountains. We got a late start so didn’t go far, and he had to be home by 10:00 am the next morning. At 8:00 pm, we hiked up into Rock Canyon. We didn’t even need our headlamps on the main trail because of the light of the moon and stars (and some light pollution from the city). Once we got off the main trail we broke out our headlamps and found a nice spot under the trees in the woods. I brought a thermos full of hot chocolate spiced with chili powder that we enjoyed. We read, wrote in our journals, then slept out under the stars in bivy bags. It was so quiet and peaceful though fairly chilly getting down into probably the mid 20’s during the night. My Platypus bottle half froze.
The next morning we stoked up the stove and had hot herbal tea, without getting out of our warm sleeping bags. We lounged in our sleeping bags for about an hour, then packed up and hiked out. We were home by 9:45 am and felt privileged and a little spoiled that we could sleep in a beautiful forest so close to home. It was so quiet up there, we might as well have been 20 miles from the trailhead, instead of the 2 miles that we were. Getting out like this really does the soul some good.
Here is some more information about microadventures,