Microadventures: Local Discoveries for Great Escapes

Author: Alastair Humphreys

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007548044

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 256

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‘Enthusiastic, pleasingly madcap’ Geographical Adventure – something that’s new and exhilarating, outside your comfort zone. Adventures change you and how you see the world, and all you need is an open mind, bags of enthusiasm and boundless curiosity. Recommended for viewing on a colour tablet.

Microadventures

Local Discoveries for Great Escapes

Author: Alastair Humphreys

Publisher: Collins

ISBN: 9780007548033

Category: Travel

Page: 256

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Adventure is a loose word, a spirit of trying something new, trying something difficult. Going somewhere different, leaving your comfort zone. Above all, adventure is about enthusiasm, ambition, open-mindedness and curiosity.Adventure is all around us, at all times. Even during hard financial times such as these. Times when getting out into the wild is more enjoyable, invigorating and important than ever.It is in this inspirational spirit that Alastair Humphreys introduces us to the exciting world of microadventures - adventures that are close to home, cheap, simple, short, and yet very effective. A microadventure has the spirit (and therefore the benefits) of a big adventure. It's just all condensed into a weekend away, or even a midweek escape from the office. Even people living in big cities are not very far away from small pockets of wilderness.You can experience it by yourself or with friends. You can do it with your parents or children or colleagues from the office. You can seek out short, interesting, rewarding adventures right on your doorstep. If you are too busy, too stressed, too broke, too tired or too unfit for an adventure, then you definitely would benefit from a microadventure. Climb a hill, jump in a river, sleep under the stars. The whole point of microadventures is that you do not need much time, money or specialised equipment. A microadventure can be anything that feels fresh, new and challenging for you. Time, money, skill or (lack of) talent are no excuses. They may be small, but microadventures can still be challenging and rewarding. Each one is designed to inspire others to set their own challenges, challenges which may be short but which grasp the spirit of adventure.Whether it is sleeping on a hilltop or going for a wild swim, cycling a lap of the Isle of Wight or walking home for Christmas, Humphreys inspires us all to leave our comfort zones and discover something new about ourselves and the world outside our windows. Because you do not need to fly to the other side of the planet to be adventurous. Adventure is everywhere, every day and it is up to us to seek it out.

Ten Lessons from the Road

Author: Alastair Humphreys

Publisher: Eye Books (US&CA)

ISBN: 1908646454

Category: Self-Help

Page: 233

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Alastair Humphreys spent four years traveling around the world on his bicycle, a journey that covered 46,000 miles and five continents. During his trip he gave motivational talks and received thousands of emails to his website in which people asked what kept him going through the low-points on his journey. Collected here are the sources of Alastair’s inspiration, including affirming quotes, insights, and unique photographs. As this inspirational resource shows, the lessons he learned while on the road can be applied to any goal in life.

Alastair Humphreys' Great Adventurers

Author: Alastair Humphreys

Publisher: Kings Road Publishing

ISBN: 1787414426

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 96

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Hand-selected by Alastair Humpreys, read about the incredible journeys undertaken by twenty of the most heroic and impressive explorers who ever lived, including Ibn Battuta (14th-century explorer); Apsley Cherry-Garrard (a member of Scott's Antarctic expedition); Michael Collins (Apollo Moon mission astronaut) and Nellie Bly (who travelled round the world in less than 80 days). A wide-spread selection of explorers from young to old, male to female and with a range of abilities, these explorers crossed land, sea and sky in the name of adventure and may just inspire readers aged 7+ to do the same. Alastair Humphreys was named National Geographic Adventurer of the Year in 2012 for his work on the concept of microadventures.

Grand Adventures

Author: Alastair Humphreys

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0008131945

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 256

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‘Enthusiastic, pleasingly madcap’ Geographical Adventure – something that’s new and exhilarating, outside your comfort zone. Adventures change you and how you see the world, and all you need is an open mind, bags of enthusiasm and boundless curiosity. Recommended for viewing on a colour tablet.

Moods of Future Joys

Around the World by Bike Part One: From England to South Africa

Author: Alastair Humphreys,Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Publisher: Eye Books (US&CA)

ISBN: 1908646039

Category: Travel

Page: 250

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An updated edition including new color photographs and a new afterword looking back at the journeyAlastair Humphreys' around-the-world journey of 46,000 miles was an old-fashioned adventure: long, lonely, low-budget, and spontaneous. Cycling across five continents and sailing over the oceans, his ride took four years to complete, on a tiny budget of hoarded student loans. Here is the story of the first remarkable stage of the expedition. Just two weeks into the ride the September 11th attacks changed everything. All Humphreys' plans went out the window and, instead of riding towards Australia, he suddenly found himself pedaling through the Middle East and Africa and on toward Cape Town. This book recounts an epic journey that succeeded through Humphreys' trust in the kindness of strangers, at a time where the interactions of our global community are more confused and troubled than ever.

The Book of the Bivvy

Author: Ronald Turnbull

Publisher: Cicerone Press Limited

ISBN: 1849658773

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 144

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A guide to bivvybag skills and expeditions, The Book of The Bivvy is a half-and-half mix of how to do it and why to do it (or how not to do it, and why not to do it). Accounts of expeditions, both nice and nasty, alternate with practical chapters about the technicalities of the breathable membrane, how little kit you really can get away with and the secrets of lightweight long distance. The book closes with a selection of bivvybag expeditions to initiate the unwary into the secrets. Ronald's informed, humorous, instructive, wry look at the world of the bivouac is certainly the first, and perhaps the last, word on this unexplored territory. Along the way Ronald shows that 1900 to 1969 was the dark age of the bivouac, how Diogenes (the Cynic) bivvied under timber, and that the Eiger was climbed only through improved bivvying technique.

Cycling Home from Siberia

30,000 miles, 3 years, 1 bicycle

Author: Rob Lilwall

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781451607871

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 432

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“ It is late October, and the temperature is already –40 degrees . . . My thoughts are filled with frozen rivers that may or may not hold my weight; empty, forgotten valleys haunted by emaciated ghosts; and packs of ravenous, merciless wolves.” Having left his job as a high-school geography teacher, Rob Lilwall arrived in Siberia equipped only with a bike and a healthy dose of fear. Cycling Home from Siberia recounts his epic three-and-a-half-year, 30,000-mile journey back to England via the foreboding jungles of Papua New Guinea, an Australian cyclone, and Afghanistan’s war-torn Hindu Kush. A gripping story of endurance and adventure, this is also a spiritual journey, providing poignant insight into life on the road in some of the world’s toughest corners.

Education of a Wandering Man

Author: Louis L'Amour

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 0553899082

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

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From his decision to leave school at fifteen to roam the world, to his recollections of life as a hobo on the Southern Pacific Railroad, as a cattle skinner in Texas, as a merchant seaman in Singapore and the West Indies, and as an itinerant bare-knuckled prizefighter across small-town America, here is Louis L'Amour's memoir of his lifelong love affair with learning--from books, from yondering, and from some remarkable men and women--that shaped him as a storyteller and as a man. Like classic L'Amour fiction, Education of a Wandering Man mixes authentic frontier drama--such as the author's desperate efforts to survive a sudden two-day trek across the blazing Mojave desert--with true-life characters like Shanghai waterfront toughs, desert prospectors, and cowboys whom Louis L'Amour met while traveling the globe. At last, in his own words, this is a story of a one-of-a-kind life lived to the fullest . . . a life that inspired the books that will forever enable us to relive our glorious frontier heritage. From the Paperback edition.

Thunder & Sunshine

Author: Alastair Humphreys

Publisher: Eye Books (US&CA)

ISBN: 1908646306

Category: Travel

Page: 350

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Alistair Humphreys cycled around the world—a journey of 46,000 miles. This inspiring story traces the second leg of his travels—the length of South and North America, the breadth of Asia and back across Europe, crossing the mountains and salt-flats of South America, canoeing the Five-Finger Rapids of the Yukon River, and braving a Siberian Winter with only the flimsiest tent to protect him from the elements.

There Are Other Rivers

On Foot Across India

Author: Alastair Humphreys

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781467987394

Category: Travel

Page: 128

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Alastair Humphreys walked across India, from the Coromandel Coast to the Malabar Coast, following the course of a holy river.Walking alone and spending the nights sleeping under the stars, in the homes of welcoming strangers or in small towns and villages, he experienced the dusty enchantment of ordinary, real India on the smallest of budgets. There Are Other Rivers tells the story of the walk through an account of a single day as well as reflecting on the allure of difficult journeys and the eternal appeal of the open road. Nominated for National Geographic's 'Adventurer of the Year' Reviews for previous books:- “Believe me, he can write, and rather well” - Geographical- “...displays a tendency for Big Hairy Audacious Goals that is almost unnerving.” - Treehugger.com Amazon: - “This book has it all: it's a great travel read, a look into the human soul and how most people, given enough determination, could attempt something like this.”- “No expensive equipment or 'fastest, strongest, quickest'; just a brilliant, understated story.”- “Simply outstanding.”- “If you prefer the comfort of your armchair these books will still stir your imagination and curiosity for the world.”- “An absolute must-read or any passionate traveller.” GoodReads:- “Wow... another great book by Alastair Humphreys.”- “One of the best adventure travel books I've read.”

Wilderness Weekends

Author: Phoebe Smith

Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides

ISBN: 184162912X

Category: Travel

Page: 240

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Bed down among some of the most dramatic landscapes in the world and discover your own bolthole in one of Britain's rugged corners. Wilderness Weekends reveals the 26 best places for wild camping from the south coast of England to Scotland's far north. Each weekend includes practical advice, detailed maps and inspiring photographs to help the camping enthusiast take the next adventurous step. With a host of hard-won tips on what to take and when to go, this is the helping hand needed to unlock your outdoor potential.

The Volunteer Traveler's Handbook

How To Find Ethical Volunteer Opportunities That Fit Your Travel Style

Author: Shannon O'Donnell

Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 0987706152

Category: Travel

Page: N.A

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The Volunteer Traveler’s Handbook guides new and veteran travelers through the challenges of finding, vetting, and choosing their ideal volunteer experience. Interested volunteers will find meaningful ways to give back to communities all over the world through first-hand stories, photos, and practical advice. The Volunteer Traveler's Handbooks is part of The Traveler's Handbook Series which also includes books on career break, food, luxury and solo travel. The Volunteer Traveler’s Handbook shares:  the psychology and ethics of volunteering.  volunteer stories from a diverse range of volunteers.  strategies for finding and vetting volunteer organizations.  tips to adjust to life as a volunteer.  traveling advice covering safety, food, packing, and cultural immersion.  resource lists for volunteering.

Wild Camping

Exploring and Sleeping in the Wilds of the UK and Ireland

Author: Stephen Neale

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472900359

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 240

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From getting back to nature with a tent, some matches and a few litres of bottled water, to enjoying a pub dinner and camping out in the garden afterwards, this book shows how to get stuck into wild camping in all its forms. Beautiful wildernesses; tiny budgets; environmentally-friendlyÂ? What's not to like? There's an idea that wild camping is illegal in Britain, but it isn't Â? you just need to know the rules and where to go. This guide will open up this amazing experience for all, covering: - what is wild camping and why bother? - different types (biviing, tenting, hammocking, on the water) - what the law says (Scotland, England, Northern Ireland, Wales, Ireland, EU, waterways) - how many of the largest landowners in the UK are actively encouraging wild camping - getting started (vital equipment, where to go, when to go, safety) - drinking water and foraging for food The bulk of the book (80%) features the best places to go in England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland, along with stories, tips, helpful maps and inspiring photos. This guide will give readers the knowledge and the inspiration to escape the noise, clutter and stress of day to day life and go wild.

The World Beyond Your Head

On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction

Author: Matthew B. Crawford

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374708444

Category: Philosophy

Page: 320

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A groundbreaking new book from the bestselling author of Shop Class as Soulcraft In his bestselling book Shop Class as Soulcraft, Matthew B. Crawford explored the ethical and practical importance of manual competence, as expressed through mastery of our physical environment. In his brilliant follow-up, The World Beyond Your Head, Crawford investigates the challenge of mastering one's own mind. We often complain about our fractured mental lives and feel beset by outside forces that destroy our focus and disrupt our peace of mind. Any defense against this, Crawford argues, requires that we reckon with the way attention sculpts the self. Crawford investigates the intense focus of ice hockey players and short-order chefs, the quasi-autistic behavior of gambling addicts, the familiar hassles of daily life, and the deep, slow craft of building pipe organs. He shows that our current crisis of attention is only superficially the result of digital technology, and becomes more comprehensible when understood as the coming to fruition of certain assumptions at the root of Western culture that are profoundly at odds with human nature. The World Beyond Your Head makes sense of an astonishing array of common experience, from the frustrations of airport security to the rise of the hipster. With implications for the way we raise our children, the design of public spaces, and democracy itself, this is a book of urgent relevance to contemporary life.

The Gentle Art of Tramping

Author: Stephen Graham

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 1446543927

Category: History

Page: 258

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Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

100 Family Adventures

Author: Tim Meek,Kerry Meek

Publisher: Frances Lincoln Adult

ISBN: 1781011907

Category: Nature

Page: 224

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Childhood obesity is increasing year on year. Happiness and well-being levels in children are on the decline too. Children spend less time outside and more time in front of screens: computers, phones, games, television. 100 Family Adventures provides a valuable resource bank of tried and tested outdoor activities to enjoy with children, swapping 'screen time' for 'green time'. Particularly inspiring for people who want to get started, but don’t know how, the book shows how any family, anywhere in the country, can enjoy time together outdoors. Activities are grouped into themes: Woodland, Water, Close to Home, Hills and Mountains, Exploring, By the Sea, Extreme Weather. Within each section is a range in difficulty, from making a rope swing to scrambling up a stream, from spending a day without electricity to going on a charity bike ride, from exploring a rockpool to camping on an uninhabited island. Packed with inspiring photos, sensible but enthusiastic instructions from parents Tim and Kerry combine with remarks and advice (and jokes!) from children Amy and Ella. 'The adventure ambassadors our current generation of cotton-wool kids urgently need' Daily Telegraph

Be Unstoppable: The 8 Essential Actions to Succeed at Anything

Author: Alden M. Mills

Publisher: Tilbury House Publishers and Cadent Publishing

ISBN: 0884485358

Category: Self-Help

Page: 160

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More than 25,000 copies sold in three languages! Updated and Expanded with New Content However your past has shaped you, your future is yours to shape, and if you want to shape it for success, you’ll find no better coach than Alden Mills. Using the power of a parable and his own experiences as a Navy SEAL and accomplished entrepreneur, Mills shares his proven framework for success as embodied by the action-based acronym UPERSIST: Understand the why; Plan in three dimensions; Exercise to execute; Recognize your reason to believe; Survey your habits; Improvise to overcome; Seek expert advice; and Team up. At the core of Be Unstoppable is the parable of a young skipper who meets a remarkable, seasoned captain. This chance meeting changes the young skipper’s direction in life, setting him on course to identify and achieve his dreams. Each chapter concludes with action steps distilled from the story and from Alden’s experiences as a U.S. Navy SEAL Commander and a business leader and entrepreneur. You see others who have the things you want money, joy, success and suppose that they were born with special talent or into a family which made these things easy to attain. They are just lucky. What you don't know is that there is a methodology to success. BE UNSTOPPABLE contains a system to gain this vital skillset.

The Pocket Guide to Action

116 Meditations On the Art of Doing

Author: Kyle Eschenroeder

Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 0989190382

Category: Self-Help

Page: N.A

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The Pocket Guide to Action: 116 Meditations on the Art of Doing by Kyle Eschenroeder lays out over a hundred short, punchy devotionals on the nature and importance of action. This pithy book is crammed with insightful advice on how to take more action in life so you can become the man you want to be. If you spend a lot of time thinking about things, making plans, and examining possibilities, but rarely pull the trigger on any of them, this is the book for you. Turn to any page at any time to get a kick in the rear when you need it.

The Lean Entrepreneur

How Visionaries Create Products, Innovate with New Ventures, and Disrupt Markets

Author: Brant Cooper,Patrick Vlaskovits

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119094992

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 224

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Leverage the framework of visionaries to innovate, disrupt, and ultimately succeed as an entrepreneur The Lean Entrepreneur, Second Edition banishes the "Myth of the Visionary" and shows you how you can implement proven, actionable techniques to create products and disrupt existing markets on your way to entrepreneurial success. The follow-up to the New York Times bestseller, this great guide combines the concepts of customer insight, rapid experimentation, and actionable data from the Lean Startup methodology to allow individuals, teams, or even entire companies to solve problems, create value, and ramp up their vision quickly and efficiently. The belief that innovative outliers like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates have some super-human ability to envision the future and build innovative products to meet needs that have yet to arise is a fallacy that too many fall prey to. This 'Myth of the Visionary' does nothing but get in the way of talented managers, investors, innovators, and entrepreneurs. Taking a proven, measured approach, The Lean Entrepreneur will have you engaging customers, reducing time to market and budgets, and stressing your organization's focus on the power of loyal customers to build powerhouse new products and companies. This guide will show you how to: Apply actionable tips and tricks from successful lean entrepreneurs with proven track records Leverage the Innovation Spectrum to disrupt markets and create altogether new markets Use minimum viable products to drive strategy and conduct efficient market testing Quickly develop cross-functional innovation teams to overcome typical startup roadblocks The Lean Entrepreneur is your complete guide to getting your startup moving in the right direction quickly and hyper-efficiently.