A Winter’s Night Micro Adventure

January 6, 2016

A cold windy night in December, right between Christmas and New Year’s Day, we set off on a family micro-adventure…

A night time winter picnic

There’s many of us that long for adventure, but the realities of life (and things like the mortgage) just appear to get in the way.

A micro adventure is something that anyone can do. It’s an adventure, squeezed into a small time window. Something that can fit into a weekend for example.

With kids, especially young kids, lots of things are an adventure, even if they don’t first appear that adventurous to adults…but don’t dismiss micro adventures as just something for kids. Getting out and doing a micro adventure can knock you out of the day to day grind, and put things in a fresh perspective.

We took up the challenge from Alastair Humphreys for a winter micro adventure, and set off up to Nipstone Rock as the sun was going down.

The clear calm weather from the night before had gone. We had a strong cold wind and a few drops of rain.

There was still some frost and a dusting of snow in places on this high remote spot.

Sheltering under the protection of Nipstone Rock we made camp for the evening.

Our trusty Trangia wasn’t deterred by the wind. It warmed a chilli for our taco’s-in-a-bag recipe. This was not only an easy meal to make on a blowy hill top, the chilli the bags helped warm our hands.

Trangia warming mince pies at night on a very cold hill
After the chilli, the Trangia warmed some mince pies.

The weather forecast was for just above freezing, but the wind chill on the ridge was well below freezing. Not even the sheep were up here now.

This spot is far away from light pollution, and on a clear night there are plenty of stars to see. Not tonight though.

Huddled together under a tarp for some protection, whilst eating our mince pies, we looked onto the twinkling lights of the distant town.

We stayed up there for a few hours, and had not planned to spend all night.

Navigating back down the hill in the dark was tricky, but when we finally returned to the car we were surprised that it wasn’t as late as we had expected. Time had been running at a different pace up there.

On the drive back home, rejoining civilisation after our little adventure, it was still enough to feel like we had been away for ages.

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Father to 3 kids, who loves getting out and about (hiking, running, camping, cycling, canoeing...) Co-founded Get Out With The Kids to help other parents enjoy the outdoors with their family.

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  1. Nice one Gav. We managed to get out for Alastairs summer solstice challenge but had other commitments the night of the winter one. 🙁 Sounds a great spot for a chilli chilly supper. Have you tried a sausage sunrise? That’s another great pre-school or pre-work microadventure and not too hard to do this time of year before the sunrise gets too early!

  2. Nice write up, I’m hoping to take my boy out wild camping in the new year.

  3. Well done, guys!

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