Microadventure: a phrase coined by Alistair Humphreys. “A Microadventure is an adventure that is close to home, cheap, simple, short and yet very effective,” he writes.
On that note, finishing up an early shift at work at midday and being scheduled to be back in at 9am the next day, a short trip into the ungroomed, unpatrolled bowls surrounding Mt Cardrona seemed like the perfect plan.
Packed up with a mindset of minimal supplies for a fast and light approach, I was surprised to see my companion Anna Smoothy attaching a swing ball set and rackets to her pack. “To pass the time whilst the corn softens” she told us. To paraphrase Mr Humphreys again “You do not need to be an elite athlete, expertly trained, or rich to have an adventure” Just find a friend like Anna and every day is one.
After a shorter approach than we had anticipated, which may or may not have involved being towed up the mountain by a sled, we lapped the ever softening spring corn until a spectacular sunset over the Southern Alps. Evening activities included the plat du jour of boil in the bag beef with powdered mashed potatoes followed by a quick game of cards before retiring to our sleeping bags to get precisely zero sleep due to a howling wind battering the tent.
Back at work less than 24 hours after rolling out of town, I declared our Microadventure a success.
Words: Mike Handford
Photos: Mike Handford and Tori Beattie