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What stops us from living adventurously?

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What if the thing that stops us living as adventurously as we might dream of is not time or money or family or expertise or gender or training, but our own fears?

In ‘Fear’, Alastair Humphreys questions the barriers we perceive in our own quest to live a more adventurous life. Do we make assumptions about what boxes an ‘adventure’ needs to tick? What are we scared of? And is more required than simply having the courage to make a start?

What really scares me is the thought that one day, it will be too late…

Alastair is known as a pioneer of microadventures, and in ‘Fear’ he challenges us to put aside our doubts and “live a little bit more adventurously.” His belief is that adventure should be accessible to everyone; real adventures can be found closer to home, cheaply and easily, with a little imagination.

Wild camping by the shore
Camp Fire lighting
Setting sun
Canoeing microadventure

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Alastair Humphreys


Alastair Humphreys

Alastair Humphreys is a British Adventurer and Author. He spent over 4 years cycling round the world, a journey of 46,000 miles through 60 countries and 5 continents. More recently Alastair has walked across southern India, rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, run six marathons through the Sahara desert, completed a crossing of Iceland, busked through Spain and participated in an expedition in the Arctic, close to the magnetic North Pole. He has trekked 1000 miles across the Empty Quarter desert and 120 miles round the M25 – one of his pioneering microadventures. He was named as one of National Geographic’s Adventurers of the year for 2012.

Alastair has written 12 books and is a patron of these charities:

Youth Adventure Trust
Hope and Homes for Children
Outdoor Swimming Society
Yorkshire Dales Society
Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust

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