Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Video: New Zealand - Land of the Long White Cloud

If you're still unconvinced that New Zealand needs to be on your bucket list of places to visit, perhaps this video will push you over the edge. It is a wonderful timelapse film shot at a variety of locations around the country that is equal parts compelling and tranquil, at the same time.

New Zealand - Land of the Long White Cloud from Stephen Patience Photography on Vimeo.

Video: I Am #OMNITEN - An Adventure in Jordan

This video is a trailer for a long documentary created by Columbia Sportswear that follows a group of travelers visiting the country of Jordan. Not traditionally seen as an "adventure destination," Jordan never the less has a great deal to offer visitors. I was lucky enough to go there a few years back, and visit a lot of the same places seen in the video, and I can tell you that it was an amazing experience. From the deserts of Wadi Rum to the ancient ruins of Petra, and beyond, Jordan is a fantastic destination. The two-minute clip below will only whet your appetite, and make you want to go see all of these places for yourself.

Video: The Relentless River of Everest

Yesterday's story about Ben Stookesberry exploring the Dudh Kosi River in Nepal seemed to have captured the attention of quite a few readers. In that post, I mentioned a British expedition that made the first descent of the river back in 1976, creating a classic paddling documentary called Everest by Canoe, which would later be renamed the Relentless River of Everest. In that post, I shared a trailer for the film, which was enough to give us a taste of what that expedition was like. Today, I have the full film, which is 45-minutes of intense expedition kayaking action. The film is a wonderful throw-back to a different era, and truly generates a great sense of adventure about what the explorers were doing in the Himalaya. This is a classic BBC film, and if you have the time, I highly recommend you watch the entire thing.

A Kayaking Expedition Through Canada's Torngat Wilderness

Yesterday I posted a story from Canoe & Kayak magazine about Ben Stookesberry's attempt to paddle the legendary Dudh Kosi River in Nepal. That amazing expedition took place this past spring, but it isn't the only adventure that Stookesberry has been on this year. In July, he set out for Quebec, Canada to explore the remote Tomgat wilderness, a place that is largely unvisited and unexplored, even in the 21st century.

Calling his latest project Destination Tomgat, Stookesberry set out on the journey in early July on what promised to be a two-month long expedition. Along the way he has been joined at various times by an exceptional group of paddlers, including Pedro Olivia, Erik Boomer, Ben Marr, and Chris Korbulic. 

Olivia joined Ben on a 480-mile paddle along the George River, which leads into the ultimate prize, the Tomgat Mountas. They found some epic whitewater on the tributaries that lead to the George, including dropping some big waterfalls on the Nutillilk River, and making just the second descent of one 25-miles stretch on the Ford River as well. Along the way, they put their Jackson Karma UL kayaks through their paces, finding them to be surprisingly versatile for hauling gear, and handling more challenging water conditions.

Walking The Nile Update: End In Sight For Levison Wood

The end of the journey is now in sight for Levison Wood, the British explorer who has spent the past nine months walking the Nile River in Africa. A month ago I posted that he Lev had passed into Egypt, the final country on his grand walking tour. And now, just a few weeks later, he is approaching the Nile Delta at last. In fact, according to his most recent status updates on Facebook, he should reach the Mediterranean Sea by this Saturday.

It has been a long, strange journey for Wood, who started his walk last November, and will have covered more than 4000 miles (6430 km) by the time he reaches the Delta. The journey started in the highlands of Rwanda, which is where the furthest source of the Nile is located. From there, the expedition took him into Burundi, across Tanzania, and Uganda, before eventually arriving in South Sudan, the war ravaged nation that had been relatively quiet before he set out on his journey. Lev's walk along the Nile was disrupted at that point, when he ran into trouble and was forced to leave the country. He resumed his trek northward in Sudan, but ended up missing approximately 400 miles (645 km) along his intended route, and due to the ongoing conflict in South Sudan, he won't be able to go back and complete those missing miles for sometime.

Wood reached Egypt back in late July, and told a reporter for The Guardian that it has been the most relaxed stretch of the expedition by far. He says it has been easy to find places to stay, the people are friendly, and the food is good, and plentiful. That hasn't been the case through parts of the trek however, as he has faced difficult terrain, suspicious locals, and grueling heat. The Guardian article says that at one point in Sudan temperatures rose above 62ºC, which equates to nearly 144ºF, which if true would exceed the highest temperature ever officially recorded. In addition to facing the civil war in South Sudan, there have been other set-backs as well. For instance, in March, a reporter traveling with Wood died of heatstroke in Uganda. That incident left the Brit shaken and uncertain of his plans.

But now, with the end in sight, Lev is eager to wrap things up. He has been traveling at an increased pace, and with little difficulty, since reaching Egypt, and while he has not personally witnessed any unrest, two police cars have shadowed him at all times to ensure his safety. By the weekend, that escort should see him safely to the Nile Delta, and the end of the expedition.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Video: Climbing Monte Rosa in Switzerland

At 4634 meters (15,203 ft) in height, Monte Rosa is the tallest mountain in Switzerland, and the second tallest in the Alps. It is a popular climbing peak for mountaineers, who routinely use it as a place to hone their skills for other climbs. The video below follows a group of friends as they make the climb, staying in a series of comfortable looking huts on the way up, and capturing some spectacular views of the landscape around them as they go. The final approach to the summit is a long a tricky-looking knife-edge, but the payoff seems to be worth the effort.

Climbing Monte Rosa from Sander Cruiming on Vimeo.

Video: Beautiful Highlining Short Film

Highlining is another one of those activities that I enjoy watching, but I'm not sure I'd ever want to try. Still, you have to admire the balance and control – not to mention nerves of steel – that these people exhibit while out on the rope. The video below captures some great shots of highliners doing their thing. It is brought to us by the talented team from The Bivy, a new group of adventure filmmakers who are just starting to share their work. It looks like we'll have another source for great adventure films in the future.

Video: Wingsuit Pilot Flies Along Avalanche Line in the Alps

If you're looking for a dose of adrenaline to get your day going, check out the video below. It was shot using a helmet cam by a wingsuit pilot in the Alps. We've seen plenty of these videos over the past few years, but this one stands out for just how close the pilot gets to trees below him. At some points, he seems to actually be lower than than the tree-tops too, as he buzzes along at breakneck speed. This is 44-seconds of pure terror.

Kayaking the Relentless River of Everest in Nepal

Canoe & Kayak magazine has posted a remarkable story on its website detailing an amazing paddling expedition that took place in Nepal earlier this year. This past spring, expedition kayaker Ben Stookesberry was joined by Nepalese paddler Surjan Tamang, on a journey to explore the Dudh Kosi River, a legendary stretch of water in traces its origins to Mt. Everest, but over the years has carved out an identity all its own.

Back in 1976, the river was originally explored by a team of British paddlers, who brought back an impressive amount of film that they shot while on their expedition. That footage eventually became the basis for the adventure film Dudh Kosi: Relentless River of Everest, which has gone on to become one of the more legendary kayaking movies of all time. The team of six Brits traveled to Nepal to take on the river, which at that point had been totally unexplored. They were pushed to their absolute limits, as the raging rapids, impenetrable gorges, and impassable rocks tested them at every turn. The team was forced to abandon their attempt to run the entire length of the Dudh Kosi in Lukla, the starting point for the trek to Everest Base Camp. There was far more river to run below that point, it simply was too dangerous to go any further.

But that is exactly where Stookesberry wanted to go, and he needed some help from Tamang to continue his exploration. The two men dropped into a 130-foot gorge on their first day, leaving behind their only climbing rope on their first rappel into the valley. Without a rope, they would have to trust that there would be other places to exit along the way, but that meant also braving a river that was raging well beyond Category V rapids in a canyon that didn't allow satellite phone reception, and would make a helicopter rescue impossible.

Family of Adventurers Will Spend 16-Months Walking the Length of Madagascar

Here at The Adventure Blog, I often write about individual, and teams, of adventurers who are setting off on some amazing journey that will take them to the ends of the Earth. It isn't all that often that I can write about an entire family going on a fantastic adventure together. That is exactly what is happening for one family however, as they are spending 16-months walking the length of Madagascar, covering approximately 2500 km (1553 miles) together.

Alexandre and Sonia Poussin are certainly no strangers to adventure. They once spent three years walking the length of Africa on a journey that covered more than 14,000 km (8700 miles). That adventure took place back in 2001, and a lot has changed since then. For instance, the couple has added too children to their lives, with Phylaé, age 6, and Ulysse, age 9, keeping them plenty busy. But now that the kids have grown some, the decision was made to begin yet another long trek.

The family is calling their expedition Madatrek, and they are undertaking the journey in part to explore a region of the world that they have never visited, and as a way to introduce the children to the importance of helping others. The Poussin family is assisting with several NGOs along their trek, and lending a hand to local villages where they can.

The journey actually began back in May, and the family has been making steady progress heading on their trek ever since. They launched the trip in the southern portion of Madagascar, and have been heading in a northerly direction for the past several month. The family is using a specially built cart to carry all of their gear and supplies while out on the road, and they are trying to remain as self-sufficient as possible on the journey. While they have managed to cover quite a bit of distance already, they aren't in any particular hurry to complete their walk. The children are continuing their studies along the way, while Alexandre and Sonia promote the efforts of the NGOs that they are working with.

You can follow the family's progress on the MadaTrek website and on their Facebook page. Expedition sponsor Hi-Tec footwear is also posting updates to their website as well, as all four members of the Poussin family are wearing hiking shoes made by the company on this 16-month long adventure.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Video: Beautiful, Spectacular Nepal

Here's a fantastic video that simply mixes the wonderful landscapes of Nepal, with a peaceful soundtrack, delivering a tranquil experience. It is 4+ minutes of some of the best scenery from the Himalayan country, including the lesser known low-lands, and the big mountains of course. For an amazing glimpse at the people, culture, and natural beauty of Nepal, this one should not be missed.

Nepal from Jamin Walsh on Vimeo.

Video: Winning Mountain Bike Run From Crankworx Race in Whistler Caught on GoPro

A few weeks back, Marcel Gutierrez won the Crankworx Garbanzo DH race in Whistler, Canada. His  winning run was captured by his helmet cam, and you can watch the entire thing below. It his a white-knuckle ride that goes on for more than 12 minutes, leaving you breathless and exhausted by the end. If you've ever wanted to know what a professional mountain bike course looks like, this is as a close as you'll get without riding it yourself.

Video: Rock Climbing South Africa with Alex Honnold and Hazel Findley

Recently, rock climbers Alex Honnold and Hazel Findely joined forces to take on some of the toughest climbing in southern Africa. The duo visited Namibia and South Africa in search of problems to solve. The video below is a trailer for an upcoming film entitled Africa Fusion that chronicles their adventures. At just over two minutes in length, it is barely a tease of what is to come, but it looks like it'll be worth the wait for the full film.

Africa Fusion Official Trailer from Fresh Rock Films on Vimeo.

Curious Animal Interviews Mountaineering Legend Reinhold Messner

On the eve of his 70th birthday, mountaineering legend Reinhold Messner sat down with adventure travel magazine Curious Animal for an eye-opening interview. As usual, Messner has strong opinions on life, death, and the mountains, and he isn't shy about sharing those thoughts with the world.

In the interview, Messner talks about the challenges he sought as a younger man, both in rock climbing and high altitude mountaineering. He also discusses how testing your own limits helps you to learn about yourself, and your own possibilities when faced with survival in extreme environments. The Italian climber, who many believe to be the greatest mountaineer of all time, emphasizes that danger is an essential element of mountaineering, and without the chance of death, it just doesn't hold the same appeal. He says that mountaineering is "...not a sport. It’s a play with nature, a serious play with nature."

Messner goes on to discuss his preference for climbing and traveling solo, as it allows him more freedom to do what he wants, on his own terms. He also touches on whether or not climbing is "worth it" considering the number of people who have died in the mountains over the years, and shares his approach to an expedition prior to setting out.

One of the more interesting aspects of the interview are when Messner gives a nod to several of the exceptional young climbers today. For instances, he mentions David Lama's free climb of the Cerro Torre in Patagonia as an amazing feat that he could never have accomplished, and he calls Ueli Steck's solo-summit of Annapurna one of the most impressive climbs in recent memory.  He also salutes Sandy Allan and Rick Allen for their impressive first ascent of the Mazeno Ridge on Nanga Parbat from a few years back, calling it one of the greatest, and most intelligent, ascents of the past few years.

Finally, Messner talks about his ongoing efforts in the mountains, which have slowed down in recent years, but his love for remote places keeps driving him to go back. He shares his thoughts on the Yeti, and mentions his efforts at setting up a charitable foundation, following in the footsteps of Edmund Hillary, who he says he respects "more for his social work than for his climbing." He wraps up the interview by discussing his time in office as a politician, which seemed to leave him a bit frustrated by the process.

All in all, a good interview from a man whose reputation and legacy are certainly secure. For me, Messner is indeed the greatest mountaineer of all time, and I always enjoy reading his take on climbing, adventure, and life in general. He remains a very interesting man, and I'm not sure there will ever be another one like him.

Popular French Adventurer in a Coma After Suffering a Fall

42-year old French adventurer Sylvain Tesson is in a coma after suffering a fall while attempting to climb a building last week. The popular writer was in Chamonix at the time of the accident, which occurred last Wednesday. He is said to have fallen about 10 meters, striking his head on the pavement, injuring his brain and several other internal organs in the process. He has been in a medically-induced coma ever since, and his condition is said to be very serious.

Tesson is known for his urban climbing, often scaling buildings without the use of any safety gear. In the past, he has climbed the likes of the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame. In this incident, he was testing his skills on the chateau that he was staying at in Chamonix when the fall occurred. It is unclear at this time how long he will remain in the coma, or what his chances of a full recovery will be.

A popular figure in his home country, Tesson has had a series of globe-spanning adventures throughout his life, often sharing those experiences with readers through his writings. For instance, he once spent the better part of two years riding around the world on a bicycle. He has also crossed the Himalaya on foot, traveling from Bhutan to Tajikistan. Later, he would cross the Asian steppe, from Kazakhstan to Uzbekistan on horseback, and later would travel from Yakutsk, Siberia to Calcutta, India on foot, tracing the same route used by Sławomir Rawicz to escape a Russian gulag as described in the famous book The Long Walk. More recently, he lived in a cabin along Lake Baikal in Siberia for five months, recounting his adventure in the book The Consolidation of the Forest: Alone in a Cabin on the Siberian Taiga.

At the moment, doctor's say that their hopes for a recovery are guarded. Tesson suffered serious injuries in the fall, and it is too soon to know if he will recover fully, or at all. His family is said to be at his bedside, waiting for an indication of his condition. My thoughts are with them in this time of need, and I wish Sylvain a full recovery.

Thanks to Louis-Philippe Loncke for sharing this story with me.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Video: Timelapse Video of the Heavens over Observatories

We'll wrap things up this week with this beautiful video, shot near a number of observatories in Australia and New Zealand. It is a timelapse clip with some breathtaking views of the night skies over the Southern Hemisphere. Enjoy these amazing images, and don't forget to look up at the skies over your head this weekend.

The Observatories from Alex Cherney on Vimeo.

11-Year Old to Become Youngest to Run a Marathon on All Seven Continents

An 11-year old boy is about to make us all feel like complete slackers.

On September 7, Nikolas Toocheck will take part in the  Chenaii Trail Marathon, held each year in India. If he completes the run, he will set a record for the youngest person to ever run a marathon on all seven continents. He has already finished marathons in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Australia, and Antarctica.

Nikolas launched his efforts to achieve this goal back in 2012, running his first marathon in the Delaware. From there, he simply continued checking off the other continents, until he had just Asia left. In a couple of weeks, he hopes to add that continent to his list as well.

This young runner isn't tackling this challenge just so he can set records however. He is also running to raise funds for a nonprofit called Operation Warm that he has been instrumental in as well. The organization provides warm winter coats to underprivileged children who come from families who can't afford to buy coats themselves. So far, Nikolas has raised more than $40,000 for Operation Warm, which has purchased coasts for 2000 children. But he has his sights set much higher than that, hoping to reach his target goal of $1 million, which would benefit 50,000 kids.

Nikolas has dubbed this endeavor as Running the World for Children, as he has been using this platform to spread the word about Operation Warm as often as he can. As he nears the end of his challenge, he'll concentrate his efforts on raising more money for the cause.

According to Nikolas' website, he started running with his dad at a very young age, and competed in his first 5k at the age of 5. In that race, he mostly covered the distance on his dad's shoulders, but a year later he completed the same distance completely on his own. Since then, father and son have continued to run together, completing several marathons together. An avid trail and road runner, Nik doesn't seem to have any plans to quit running anytime soon.

Pretty inspirational stuff. Think about this young man when you head out for a run this weekend.

Video: Inspiration on a Mountain Bike

This short film shares the story of Nick Geddes, a mountain biker who didn't feel well prior to a competitions a few years back. While riding the course, he ended up crashing, and the next thing he knew he was being rushed to the hospital, where it was discovered that he had Leukemia, which is cancer in the blood cells. For a time, it looked like his life would be over, literally and figuratively. But Nick survived chemo therapy, and got back on his bike, and started to ride again. His story is an inspiring one, beautifully told by filmmaker Leo Zuckerman. It is definitely worth the seven-minutes it'll take you to watch.

ELIXIR from Leo Zuckerman on Vimeo.

Casting Call: BBC and Discovery Channel Seeking Participants For New Survival Show

BBC Worldwide Productions and the Discovery Channel have put out a casting call for a new survival series, and they've asked me to share it with readers at The Adventure Blog. According to the email I received from Safford Productions,  the show, which remains untitled at this time, will be a true test of survival, and not for the faint of hear. Here is the notice that was sent my way in its entirety.


NOW CASTING
HARD CORE, TRUE SURVIVALISTS!

BBC Worldwide Productions and the network that brought you ‘Naked and Afraid’, ‘Dual Survival’, and ‘Deadliest Catch’ are casting a unique, exciting, never before imagined survivalist series.

We are going big and looking for the best of the best — we are interested only in those who have the proven skills to last hour-to-hour, day-to-day, and week-to-week in an unforgiving, unpredictable, and untamed environment in one of the most remote parts of the world.

We are looking for a cast of individuals with varied backgrounds, from Boy Scouts to preppers, botanists to ex-military, medics, scientists, engineers, hunters and gatherers, and everything in between. You must be strong in character, quick thinking, highly competitive, methodical, resourceful and strategic.

This is not survival light! The mental strength and physical ability to persevere in the remote wilds of an unfamiliar territory WILL BE REQUIRED. You will be tested in a 24/7 live and interactive TV format, where viewers will be able to track your progress—and your failures. We are only interested in the real deal—casual weekend campers and reality show wannabes need not apply.

We challenge you to survive 42 days in the wild, relying on nothing but your skills, your smarts, and your will to survive.

CAN YOU HANDLE IT?


For more information, call


There you have it folks. If you think you fit the bill, then contact the production company at the email or telephone number above. Good luck! Perhaps we'll all be watching you on TV soon. 

Esquire Interviews 5-Time Everest Summiteer Melissa Arnot

Esquire magazine has posted an interview with Melissa Arnot, one of the most accomplished and respected mountain guides on the planet. For those who aren't familiar with Arnot's resume, she has summited Everest five times, and has topped out on Rainer more than 100 times. She has had multiple expeditions to Aconcagua, Cotopaxi, and Kilimanjaro, and she's even been up Denali once. In short, she's incredibly accomplished in the mountains, and it is great to see her get some mainstream publicity.

Calling her "the most badass woman in mountain climbing," Esquire talks to Melissa about how she prepares to climb Everest. Arnot says that her workout routine involves 4-5 strength and endurance training, mixed with Yoga, several times a week. This year, she even added training for a marathon to the mix, which she ran right before she left for Nepal. She also discusses how she dealt with the disappointment of the season being can called, saying she returned home, and went on a long bike ride from Yellowstone to Glacier National Park, and back again, covering some 700 miles in the process. Arnot says it still didn't feel like it was enough to get her over not being able to climb.

Speaking on the tragic accident that claimed the lives of 16 Sherpas on Everest this past spring, Melissa says that she thinks continuing the expeditions would have helped a lot of people to heal. She says she understands the plight of the Sherpas, and their demands for better pay/insurance, but she also feels they were "shooting themselves in the foot" by closing down the mountain. She emphasizes that the season didn't end because the mountain was too dangerous, but because of a political fight between the Sherpas and the Nepali government.

Melissa also notes that she is returning to Nepal this fall with the Juniper Fund, a nonprofit that she started. She has been raising money to help the families of some of the Sherpas who lost their lives on Everest, and other Himalayan peaks, and will be visiting them to start delivering those funds.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Video: Table Mountain Timelapse

South Africa's Table Mountain, located in Cape Town, is one of the most iconic places on the entire continent. Each year, thousands of people hike, or take the tram, to the summit, for spectacular views of the surrounding area. The timelapse video below captures scenes from Table Mountain, demonstrating to us all why it is such a fantastic place.


on Top - Cape Town, SA from Bassem Hamadeh on Vimeo.

Video: Trials on Trails - Mountain Biking Corsica

To put their mountain biking skills to the test, riders Hans Rey and Kenny Belaey traveled to the island of Corsica, where they found plenty of great places to ride. The video below documents their trip, which includes the first mountain bike descent of Capu D'Orto, a local hill that looks like it was not meant to be ridden. Mixed in with some impressive trails, the boys get to show off their trials skills as well. Some of the shots in this clip will actually leave you wondering just exactly where the trail is.

Trials on Trails : Hans Rey et Kenny Belaey from Éditions VTOPO on Vimeo.

Video: To Yosemite, With Love!

Yosemite has been the subject of a number of posts here on The Adventure Blog lately, and deservingly so. After all, we are talking about a national park that has a rich history of outdoor adventure. Today, I have a great video to share with you. It comes our way from the folks at Mountain Hardwear, and it features climber Cheyne Lempe, who lives full-time in the valley, and climbs some of the biggest, and best, rock walls that the park has to offer.

To Yosemite, With Love from Mountain Hardwear on Vimeo.

Shackleton 100 Celebrates The Greatest Survival Story of All Time

100 hundred years ago this month, Ernest Shackleton and his crew of 27 men, set out from Plymouth in the U.K. aboard their ship, the Endurance. Their destination was Antarctica, where Shackleton and his team hoped to become the first men to make a land crossing of the frozen continent. But fate had other plans for the veteran polar explorer and his men. That crossing would never take place, and they would soon find themselves in a fight for survival that seems hard to believe, even a century after it took place.

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Endurance Expedition, an organization called Shackleton 100 is organizing a series of events that will commemorate the historic journey. Over the next two years, the group will recognize some of the major milestones that occurred on the expedition. The first of those events was a re-enactment of the launch of the Endurance a century earlier.

It would take weeks for the Endurance to reach the Southern Ocean, with the ship and her crew reaching South Georgia Island, where they resupplied and sent back word of their progress, before proceeding onward. They left the island on December 5, 1914, and approached the Antarctic continent soon there after. Heavy ice slowed progress for a time, but they pressed forward. Shackleton was eager to begin the traverse, as it was summer in the Southern Hemisphere. But on January 19, 1915, the ship became stuck in the ice, completely surrounded, and unable to move in any direction. Disaster had struck.

Shackleton and his crew stayed aboard the Endurance, for a few weeks before he realized that the only way the ship would break free would be to wait for the spring thaw. That was still months away, so in February, the crew disembarked from the ship, and set up a temporary base on the ice flows. There they stayed through the long Antarctic winter, waiting for someone to come rescue them, or for their own ship to break free from the ice at last.

It would be September before the thaw would begin, but the pressure that the shifting ice placed on the Endurance was too much. On October 24, her hull was breached, and it soon became clear that the ship was lost. All of the supplies for the expedition were offloaded onto the ice, and on November 21, the vessel sunk beneath the surface. The men truly were stranded, hundreds of miles from the closest human settlement.

Alastair Humphreys Talks "Microadventures" with Adventure Journal

A couple of months back I reviewed Alastair Humphrey's new book Microadventures: Local Discoveries, Great Escapes, and found it to be a great read for anyone looking to add a regular dose of adventure to their daily lives. Over the past few years, Alastair, who has quite a few big adventures under his belt, has been championing the idea of microadventures, which are short, cheap, and easy to accomplish adventures that are close to home. The idea is that there are plenty of great things to do right in our backyard for those times when we can't be off on some globe-spanning expedition. With a little creativity, and an open mind, we'll find that there are adventures all around us.

Recently, Alastair sat down with the Adventure Journal to talk about adventure in all of its forms, including the microadventure. In a 10-question interview, Humphrey's talks about how adventure has evolved over the past 200 years, and how it has changed for him personally over the past decade. He also talks about how the concept of the microadventure has taken on a life of its own, particularly as it grew into a hashtag on social media. Alastair goes on to to reveal his toughest adventure yet, the gear he can't live without, and what its like to turn adventure into a job.

I have been saying for some time now that I really like Alastair's idea of promoting microadventures. We all get caught up in the routine of our daily lives, and it is easy to get stuck in a rut. But just by changing up your schedule a bit, and finding new ways to get outside and enjoy the world around us, you can add a dose of adventure to your life. That can have a major impact on how you live, and open your eyes to all the possibilities that exist around us.

Of course, we all enjoy those big adventures that send us off to some remote corner of the globe. Those are fantastic escapes from regular life as well. But we don't always have the time, or the money, to take those kinds of trips. A microadventure sprinkled into the routine on a regular basis won't necessarily replace that kind of escape, but it will at least provide a dose of excitement that can continue to fuel your passions while you wait for the next big adventure to come along.

Here at The Adventure Blog I tend to cover the really big expeditions that are taking place all over the world. But, I also feel that adventure is where we find it, and anything we can do to promote others to pursue their passions, whatever they may be, is a good thing. That's what microadventrues are all about, and that's why they can play a much larger role in our lives than their "micro" name implies.

Go find your adventure, big or small.