Field Report #1: Wilsons Promontory

Photos by Ron See 

British explorer Alastair Humphreys pioneered the concept and coined the term 'microadventure' which is recognised globally as -  an overnight outdoor adventure that is 'small and achievable, for normal people with real lives.'

Conceding that we were in fact normal people with real lives, we took the challenge and went in search of an escape beyond the city limits.  After a late start we scrambled our gear together, jumped in the hatchback and headed out to Wilsons Promentory (Gippsland, Victoria). The weight of our hangovers from the previous night had slowed our progress and we ended up reaching the trail head at 4 pm. This meant that majority of the hike was completed in darkness.

We hadn't planned on going nocturnal but we enjoyed the different perspective. As the sun set and our vision faded, a new world was waking up around us. We opened our senses to the challenge. It was unfamiliar - but exhilarating. With the help of our headlamps we reached the campsite at 9pm. It wasn't long before dinner was out and the stories were flowing.

Less than 24 hours later - we are back in our inner city apartment planning our next getaway.

Don't let real life get in the way. Escape the mundane. Go on a microadventure.