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Meet Mick Dodge

Learn About The Pacific Northwest's Barefoot Survivalist

Mick Dodge demonstrates natural camouflage deep within the Hoh Rainforest.

Mick Dodge demonstrates natural camouflage deep within the Hoh Rainforest. (View larger version)

Photograph by Screaming Flea Productions

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Part warrior, part philosopher and part survivalist, Mick Dodge is not an easy man to define. One thing is indisputable: he lives his life on his own terms. 

Twenty-five years ago, Mick decided the modern world wasn't for him. After a childhood spent roaming the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest, he decided to return to the Olympic Peninsula, walking away from civilization to live among the trees of the Hoh Rainforest. 

For the past several decades, Mick has wandered the coast of the Pacific as a barefoot nomad, following the tradition of the four generations of Dodge men who have called the Olympic Peninsula their home. Trained by his grandfather from a young age to listen to his primal instincts, Mick lives a barefoot life, thriving in his makeshift shelters in caves and trees.

 A former Marine and trained fighter in multiple martial arts, Mick considers himself a philosopher and pacifist, a former hunter who now chooses to run alongside his animal companions in the forest, leaving them at peace.

36 comments
Fred Lobe
Fred Lobe

I love the show Legend of Mick Dodge! I can relate to why this man loves the wilderness. I love and live for the times I go out in Gods country. If I didn't have a family I would go live in the wilderness.

I just hope they keep this show going. 

Gaven b.
Gaven b.

This man is truly inspiring in many ways. I feel a connection to the woods when I am in them but he has taken it to the next level. I feel like he is living proof that we can survive without technology. I personally think that is the lifestyle I want to live. I have admired him since I saw his show. I want to walk in his foot steps one day and I hope others join in the fight for survival.  

Gaven b.
Gaven b.

I love this show very inspiring it makes me want to go live with him I think that would be a much more beautiful life to live off of nature and let mother nature be your new home. I feel a deep connection to the forests around me I love every min. of it I can see why mick chose to live that life style. :)

Pedro Esteban
Pedro Esteban

The End from Metal Gear hahhaha! Is The real one!

Alli Scripture
Alli Scripture

Watching people like Mick really make me want to live the same lifestyle, but that thought process soon ends me up at the conclusion that me, like most others, simply cant do it. We are all in love with technology and as much as one loves nature, It takes a man like Mick to take it that final step further into living there. As a person who lives in Washington state, Ive seen the beautiful forests we have here, and I feel a kindred connection to Mick when he speaks about how beautiful those trees can truly be. I also sympathize with him when I see the loggers on his show. There once was a beautiful stretch of forest not even a block from my home, probably a good 20 square miles, not huge, but big enough for me. I had so many adventures there, I knew the paths well, I knew what animals lived there, I had hide-a-ways and little camps everywhere. Yet the loggers came, and cut out a huge stretch of the forest, most of which was what was close to my home. Its like watching Ferngully, which I suggest to anyone who loves nature. That soul crushing realization when you come across a destroyed logged forest, its like a little part of you just dies inside. I hope he allows the cameras there for many more years, Id love to see more of this. Oh, and curious fact, I'm related to Sun Ray Kelley! He's my Grandmother's Sister's son. ^_^ It was a pleasant surprise to see him in this show.

Autonomous Person
Autonomous Person

Mick has the courage to exercise his birthrights.  He abandoned slavery on the global plantation and discovered what it is like to be a free human being.  We have been brainwashed into trading our lives for pieces of paper.  Most people remain slaves their entire lives and have never experienced true happiness.

r. fernandez
r. fernandez

I love this man I think he is a

very brave man and a AWESOME man!!!!!!!!!

Georgel George
Georgel George

Did you notice that the Mike Dodge smile looks just like the big foot in the movie Harry and the Hendersons?

Georgel George
Georgel George

Did you notice that the Mike Dodge smile looks just like the big foot in the movie Harry and the Hendersons?

Michael Brown
Michael Brown

Hey I totally 1000% respect this man. He's more man then any of us men and women could imagine or ever be. If we had no electricity and gasoline what would it be then. Human live a fantasy of pure B.S. We pretend we own the land that we purchase on this planet. Well let me tell you, when this planet start to flex it's residential muscle we all will get a reality check on who land it really is. We live on this planet that is currently in a calm in nonvolatile state. But the way we human are polluting this beautiful Earth the natural harmony and balance has begun to be distorted and out of balance. Hence is turning this planet into a volatile state. We sit in front of our TV screen, computer screens and think we are in control what? This planet controls itself we are guest on this planet, and as guess look how we treat this planet. It's like we have another planet on some mystery super hard drive and can download it when we F_ _ K this planet up. Humans are animal like all animals on this earth. How can you police the whale, or a sea lion, or even a crab, or a rat.

 

crystal haskins
crystal haskins

I love, love, love this show so much. Mick Dodge is a awesome person and one day i would love to meet him! He is very smart and i understand why he is doing what he does, it is his life and who cares what other people think. You go Mick Dodge!! ;)

Matt Rustin
Matt Rustin

I'm sorry, but I don't find this show interesting at all! I like the outdoors also, Hunt, Fish, pay taxes.... I think there are laws about squatting on public lands.

William Sumner
William Sumner

I think Mick is a poacher. dungenness crab are a protected species. You must have a fishing license and a device to make sure the crab are of legal size and taken in a legal manner. I bet those crab were caught at the fish market.

nathan friedkin
nathan friedkin

I would very much like to be this mans apprentice. How would I go about finding him?

teresa hunt
teresa hunt

everything he says about being barefoot in the woods is true. i thought i was the only one. right on! 

teresa hunt
teresa hunt

everything he says about being bare foot in the woods is true.  

Diane Solem
Diane Solem

I like the show every much. A great way to live, learn ,teach the real way to live.   Diane

wu yang
wu yang

whatever,he is brave

michael butler
michael butler

I have never seen the show ,but I bet if you ask him why he lives like that , he more than likely wants to be in control. a vision turned into reality .  my girlfriend thinks he is smoking more than moss. I say we could use him  in the white house ........

Linda McCarty
Linda McCarty

I love this show but from everything they say about him being off the grid for 25 years and just living in the wilderness, no shelters, or anything, never even going to town for anything, I just wonder how his show was pitched to the networks? If he doesn't ever go into populated area's, how did the world find out about him? And now camera's are following him around. Or is this just a ruse? I know it's a scripted TV show just like every other reality show but from what the narrators say about him how did the world find out about him? His show is about the most genuine show on reality TV and I watch every episode.

Michele Bommarito
Michele Bommarito

My Husband &I loved this show its def going to be our new fav !!!!!!!!  Mick Dodge your one inspiring man !!!!!!!!

Kev T
Kev T

Proud to find out today that this is my cousin Mick!   Warm greetings Mick from your Alaska clan~  We share your love and appreciation of Nature and wish we could potlatch with you sometime.

Francesco Sinibaldi
Francesco Sinibaldi

Walk in the sun.


Here, in

the sweet

atmosphere

created by a

sullen desire,

the light of

a new day

invites me

to smile near

a delicate branch.


Francesco Sinibaldi

Jodi Carr
Jodi Carr

He lived in a cabin down the road from ours on the Hoh.

Kathy Mead
Kathy Mead

Wow. The world discovered you. Your local reputation must have spread farther than anyone would imagine. 

Bill Robertson
Bill Robertson

I live here but had not heard of him. I'm looking forward to the show!

Doris Casey
Doris Casey

This almost an unbelievable story, how ever , I am looking foward to it .

J. Chandler
J. Chandler

How do you separate the wind moving in and out of your lungs from the wind circling the planet? Thank you for bringing this journey of integration with what we are to what we are back in focus. Of the earth, by the earth, because of the earth...may your feet wake up your compass of consciousness.  

Autonomous Person
Autonomous Person

@Matt Rustin You were brainwashed from youth to pay homage to those who impose their will by force.  Payment of taxes to those forces does not somehow bestow a privilege for your existence.  Mick is exercising his birthrights as we all should.

Autonomous Person
Autonomous Person

@William Sumner You were brainwashed from youth to pay homage to those who impose their will by force.  Taxes, licensing and fees imposed by those forces does not somehow bestow a privilege for your existence.  Mick is exercising his birthrights as we all should.

Alli Scripture
Alli Scripture

@nathan friedkin Well you know where he is, in the Hoh rainforest. If you actually want to be his apprentice, I would go out there, take off your shoes, and find him.

Georgel George
Georgel George

@Carl Robertson  If you think your photo resembles Mike Dodge ,just take a look at the movie Harry and The Hendersons and catch the smile  of the big foot and compere it to Mikes.

Alli Scripture
Alli Scripture

@Linda McCarty He actually...does have 2 shelters...if you pay attention, he lives in a huge tree stump most of the year, then goes to his cave near the coast for the winter....I would call those shelters. Also, he does go into town once a year, in the show, to collect things from his friend in Forks for the winter, like candles, matches, and lamp fluid. As for populated areas, some of his friends of the forest live on actual land, in actual cabins or houses and there's all sorts of loggers and other people there. Me thinks you did not watch this show >3>

Misti Rose
Misti Rose

@Linda McCartyI have to agree. Why would someone who left the modern world go on camera to do a series? And how are they compensating him? he doesn't need money if he is living off of nature. Things just don't mesh well in this story.

Alli Scripture
Alli Scripture

@Misti Rose As for you, he probably wanted to pass on his teachings, his way of life, and his desire to preserve that rainforest. It isn't about compensation, its about making sure his way of life doesn't die off, this is a way to show the world the beauty of the Hoh rainforest as well as any forest, its a message to protect such places and lifestyles. If you don't understand why he let the cameras follow him, maybe you need to watch the series again.