microadventure: bivvying south of geneva

My home for two nights

I’ve finally got round to undertaking my own microadventure. Jo is going to Geneva for the weekend, so last night the idea popped into my head that I could walk back from Geneva. Simple!

So the plan is that I’ll get dropped off on the outskirts of Geneva (mainly because my map doesn’t go any further than that) on Friday morning and then walk back, past Annecy, towards Albertville, trying to take the scenic route as much as possible. Jo will then pick me up somewhere on Sunday. I doubt I’ll get as far as Albertville as this is more about exploring and having an adventure than an endurance challenge.

I’m practically broke right now, so this will have to be done on the cheap. I’m taking my sleeping bag and an orange survival bag for shelter, I’m going to buy a cheap stove, gas canister and cooking pot somewhere (all my camping stuff is in Fife alas!), a map for the south of Annecy and aside from buying some bread and cheese that’ll be all I’ll be spending my money on.

I’ll be documenting my trip with my Nikon D3000 with a telephoto 70-300mm lens (for distance and macro shots), a pocket Canon Powershot (for quickfire and ‘holiday snap’ shots) and I’ll be tweeting as I go using the hashtag #microadventure.

I was inspired to undertake this after reading Alastair Humphreys’ blog ‘The 24 Hour Bivvy Challenge‘. In this he outlines the rules of the Bivvy Challenge, some of which I’m having to adapt:

1. Your journey must start and finish at your front door (I’m starting somewhere near Geneva, but I have had less than 36 hours to prepare, so I consider that to be evened out)
2. You must cover, through non-motorised means, a circular journey of at least 30 miles (or a distance that is moderately difficult for you) (I’m going non-circular, but will cover more than 30 miles without any form of motorised transport)
3. It must take at least 24 hours (it will be 48 hours!)
4. You must sleep outdoors (no tent) in a place you have never been before (Tick; will be in my orange survival bag and I’ve never been here other than on the motorway to go snowboarding)
5. You must have an outdoor swim (Tick; I’m loving wild swimming. Read my recent blog post)
6. Rules are for the obedience of fools and the guidance of wise men (I am clearly a Wise Man!)

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