Thursday 18 January 2018

Alastair Humphreys' micro adventure tips

Spot a shooting star

You can see meteors streaming across the sky any time of the year, but rates pick up between late July and August. If the forecast predicts clear skies, make your way to a stargazing site and set up your tent (or bivvy bag) in a secluded spot. Bring along a star chart to help you pick out the constellations before falling asleep under the stars.

Swim wild

There are excellent spots for wild swimming all over Ireland, from Kerry to Donegal. Before you dive in, remember you should never swim alone and consult Irish Water Safety's rules for safe swimming. When the sun shines and water conditions are calm, you'll be running for your togs and towel.

Get a bus or train to the end of the line

This is a handy one for rainy days, or for people who aren't so keen on the outdoors. We're so used to our regular commutes that you've probably never been to the end of the line, unless you managed to fall asleep on the way home. Take a bus or train to the final stop and spend the day exploring. All it requires is a positive attitude and some cash for the fare.

Sleep under a full moon

Invite a group of friends to meet on top of a hill. Get everyone to bring their tents, sleeping bags and some food for a night under the stars. Laying out under a full moon, passing around a bottle of something to keep you warm, will make for a truly special adventure to remember.

Irish Independent

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