Have you read all about microadventuring and the benefits? Do you fancy giving it a go?
First you need to gather together your kit, such as tent or bivvy bag, sleeping bag and sleeping mat and then find a map and compass (you can use a GPS gadget too if you want).
A train or bus timetable, or your bike, for access to your microadventure hotspot will also be a good idea, as well as an idea of how long you have for reaching the location and getting back to work the next day.
You could simply look at a map and pinpoint a general camping spot within a five or 10-mile radius, or think about the type of place you would like to microadventure in, such as on a hill or island or beside the sea.
Really, the adventure is whatever your imagination can dream up – and within a realistic time frame.
5 ideas for great microadventures
It could be the coast or a loch-side, but a night on the beach always feels atmospheric. You will be surprised by how many smaller lochs there are within easy access of many villages and towns in Scotland, even if you are many miles from the sea.
You could take the train or bus to a point from where you can walk or cycle to your camp spot.
Remember to add your camera to your rucksack so you snap a few photos of the sun setting, or rising, over the water from the opening of your tent.
Swim in the open water
Many more people are enjoying open water swimming in Scottish lochs so why not brave the chill and take the plunge before stopping over and drying off by a fire.
You should make sure you wear a good quality wet suit if it is chilly or a long distance swim you're tackling.
It’s increasingly common to see people using visibility floats for open water swimming. These help with visibility, so that other loch users can spot you, and also with floating your bag of kit.
If you're swimming to a camping site somewhere else, transport your items in a watertight roll-top dry bag and use it like a float. The air in the bag should keep it buoyant (you could add an inflatable float inside the bag). .
Kayak to a camp spot
If you own a kayak or Canadian canoe how about setting off for a paddle and an overnight camp on a river, a loch or the sea? It’s easy to transport camping equipment in this way and you will be able to travel further than a swim.
Paddling back to your start point early the following morning will have you grinning ear to ear for the rest of your day (especially if you are heading to the office).
You can hire kayaks from a number of our stores, to find out more, send a quick email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Hike a hill
Choose a local hill to walk or cycle to, or one accessible by public transport all or part of the way. Pack all your kit in a rucksack and walk to a place where you can camp. The chances are you will find your ideal spot as you hike uphill.
Sometimes the best spot is found at the top of a hill, simply because it feels as though you have achieved something more, while other times it is a bit below the summit where you can shelter from the wind.
Again, the early morning walk back to the start and heading for your normal day of work will feel amazing. It’s so much batter than a normal commute!
Forest and forage
Pack a hammock (and a tarp to keep you dry if there is a chance it might rain) for this microadventure and head to an area of woodland. The aim is find a place to hang up your bed for the night and also do a little foraging for food.
Don’t pick and eat anything you are unsure of but at this time of year there should be lots of edibles, including berries, such as wild raspberries and blackberries, nuts, mushrooms and wild garlic. Make sure you follow the mushroom code.
Take a stove and cook up the mushrooms or pop some yoghurt into your rucksack along with a spoon and plate for a delicious berries supper.
And please do tag us in your own microadventures with the hashtag #mytiso.