What is a Microadventure Challenge?

This August, we are holding our first-ever 30 Days of Microadventure Challenge. Which begs the question… what exactly is a microadventure?

National Geographic Explorer of the Year Alastair Humphreys coined the term microadventure when he began raising a family and was looking for ways to inject more adventure into his everyday life. Simply put, a microadventure is something out-of-the-ordinary, yet perfectly sized to inject into a busy work day. We can't always take an entire day (or more) to climb a mountain. And microadventures let us do just that.

Here are a few microadventure examples:

  • Sleeping under the stars (even in your backyard!)
  • Submersing your entire body in a natural body of water (a lake, stream or ocean)
  • Going on a photo expedition of your neighborhood to see it from a fresh perspective
  • Forage for berries
  • Catch a shooting star
  • Take a backpacking stove and make coffee on a hilltop to watch the sunrise

The key is that microadventures are short, relatively easy ways to inject a bit more adventure in your life.

For our first-ever 30 Days of Microadventure Challenge, we are asking you to log your microadventures. Tell us what you did, and share one photo that encapsulates the experience. You'll have to log your adventure on each day (unlike hike logs, no backdating is allowed). If you log 10 microadventures, you'll earn a special bronze badge; log 20 for the silver badge; and log 30 microadventures for the gold badge.

Win Prizes

Each microadventure you log enters you into a drawing for a swag pack. And because our monthly theme for August is outdoor photography, we're also running a photo contest. They will be reviewing the photos you share with your microadventure logs and we'll award prizes for the top three photographers.

The 30 Days of Microadventure Challenge is free to all current and past Six-Pack of Peaks challengers. To log your microadventure and track your spot on the leaderboard, head over to the 30 Days of Microadventure Challenge page on August 1-31st.

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