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“Sometimes all you need is to climb a simple hill, to spend time staring at an empty horizon, to jump into a cold river or sleep under the stars, or perhaps share a whisky at a small country inn in order to remind yourself what matters most to you in life.”
Alastair Humphreys, Microadventures: Local Discoveries for Great Escapes
“See the opportunities for adventures, not the constraints that get in the way.”
Alastair Humphreys, Microadventures: Local Discoveries for Great Escapes
“But whenever you think, ‘this is an exciting idea’ and immediately follow that by thinking, ‘this is a very stupid idea’ then you know you are on to a good thing and that you will regret it if you wimp out.”
Alastair Humphreys, Microadventures: Local Discoveries for Great Escapes
“But that was good enough for me, because adventure doesn’t always have to be about climbing K2. Just getting out there and doing something is sometimes good enough. In fact, you shouldn’t even compare your trip with climbing K2. You should compare it with the realistic alternative that faces most people with busy lives and tight diaries, which is doing no adventure at all.”
Alastair Humphreys, Microadventures: Local Discoveries for Great Escapes
“It is always worth making a little effort to find a special spot to sleep because the memories and the smug Instagram photo last long after you’ve got your breath back. Bivvying”
Alastair Humphreys, Microadventures: Local Discoveries for Great Escapes
“Adventure is a loose word that means different things to different people. It is a state of mind, a spirit of trying something new and leaving your comfort zone. Adventure is about enthusiasm, ambition, open-mindedness and curiosity. If this is true, then ‘adventure’ is not only crossing deserts and climbing mountains; adventure can be found everywhere, every day, and it is up to us to seek it out.”
Alastair Humphreys, Microadventures: Local Discoveries for Great Escapes
“And although, snug in your sleeping bag on a frosty night, the valley below may be bright with street lights and roads, the wind is as raw and fresh as ever, and a night beneath the stars remains magical and precious.”
Alastair Humphreys, Microadventures: Local Discoveries for Great Escapes
“At King Henry’s Mound there is a perfect, uninterrupted view – created in 1710 – through a gap in the trees and all the way across the city to St Paul’s Cathedral. It is a view that is protected by law. Protecting magnificent views is proof that the law is not, always, an ass.”
Alastair Humphreys, Microadventures: Local Discoveries for Great Escapes