This is the second set of challenges in my #31DaysofWild which I am doing this January. It’s been really fun, and great to hear from people who have taken up mid-winter adventures and been inspired. The idea is to think how adventure can be fitted around daily life, family and work. I have to give a lot of credit to Alistair Humphreys who first got me going thinking about this. I’m just challenging myself to do some #microadventures and some even smaller moments of wild. It could just be 20 mins of wild during my lunch hour or on the way to work.
Day 8 >> LIGHT STALKING COMMUTE
Everyday I commute on my bike, which is quite a challenge in itself in the winter. Getting 12-15 miles in a day is my gym. I was slightly beating myself up that I didn’t fit in any extra wild on top of cruising over Clifton Downs, but the light was amazing and I hardly ever stop and take in the morning beauty. After 3 years of doing this commute it’s become a bit routine, so I think I’ve got a new appreiciation of how lucky I am to have such a nice commute.
Day 9 >> EXPLORE A NEW BEACH
We live fairly near the coast, but it’s not exactly the nicest stretch, with lots of mud and silt in the water, and not much in the way of sand. I discovered Ladye Bay, and from the photos looked quite pretty, I would take the 4yo down to explore. We had a nice time finding rocks and searching caves. It was raining quite hard, but I don’t think it spoiled our fun, it just meant we didn’t spend long there. Much better than duvet day infront of films?
Day 10 >> WINTER SUPPER ON A FIRE
BBQ’s don’t have to just be for the summer, and I love cooking jackets and things like chilli on a wood fire, as it gives it a lovely smokey taste. Putting the fire on in the back garden, putting my feet up and sipping some whiskey from the hip flask was a nice little break from the hecticness of kids.
Day 11 >> DAWN WINTER TRAIL RUN
The week before I went for an evening trail run, a morning one is very different for obvious reasons as it gradually starts getting light before your eyes. This really helped take my focus away from my legs screaming at me to stop.
Day 12 >> SLEEP ON A HILL
You can read a full report about this here. I really recommend sleeping under the stars, it’s not as cold as you might think, or as scary! You get some nice time alone and some exercise too.
Day 13 >> WAKE UP ON A HILL
Waking up to the dawn and driving back into the city makes you feel very accomplished and smug. Not many other people have had a morning like yours!
Day 14 >> NIGHT HIKE
This was a real struggle to get myself out that evening. The toddler was taking ages to go down, and I was so close to sacking it all off. But my pride won out, the public nature of the blog and Instagram helped too! I headed up to Cadbury Camp which is an Iron Age fort. I hiked up a steep hill and into the fort which was a bit creepy at night. I really recommend night hiking, not only can you fit hiking in around work and the fam, but it means you have a whole trail, hill or mountain to yourself.
Day 15 >> LUNCH HOUR BIKE RIDE
I ride to work everyday, but I often spend my lunch hours surfing the net, or heading to a coffee shop. This challenge got me thinking about heading to parks and wilderness within the city. The office I was freelancing in didn’t have any parks to speak of in walking distance so I hopped on the bike for a 15 minute cycle to the Downs – a big bit of open space in Bristol. The bike opens up lunch hours to further distances, and means I can find a bit more wild during that hour, even if it means just stopping for 10 mins to eat lunch before heading back. I also took my camera with me and got some shots of winters beauty.
More to come… if you want to stay more upto daye check me out on Instagram – @chasing.wilderness