Although he is known all around the world, Mick Dodge is usually called the Barefoot Nomad or the Barefoot Sensei. Following his heart, Mick decided to leave the modern world in 1991 and he’s been living as a wanderer in the Olympic mountains, based in the Olympic peninsula of western Washington.
Over twenty-five years, he developed his unique techniques and tactics for surviving on the outskirts of western civilization. Born to a family of travelers and explorers of Scottish-Irish descent, Mick lived all across the United the states and the world due to his father’s occupation and absorbed many different cultures.
After finishing his military service in the marines, Mick had a regular job as a mechanic in Fort Lewis before deciding to retreat back to the wilderness in order to to get back in touch with nature. Whereas the most of us cannot escape the loop of this modern day and age, Dodge chose a different story for himself.
While we work a nine-to-five job in a fluorescent-led cubicles and thinking about a corporate future, Mick Dodge chose to return to simplicity – to walk barefoot in the woods, gather berries, hunt birds and start a fire while sleeping in a nearby cave. His point of view and teachings often mix Japanese warrior techniques, natural philosophy, human instincts, and survivalism.
Dodge consider himself a pacifist but also relates to the hunting sense that resides in every human being. While remaining off the grid and unknown to the rest of the world for many years, he is very famous nowadays due to his hit reality series on the National Geographic channel called The Legend of Mick Dodge. The show documents Dodge’s everyday life with his experiences and challenges, while involving other elements of storytelling. Here are some of the insights on the story of the unbelievable Mick Dodge.
When it comes to forest food, Mick has a few interesting options. He likes to drink home-made olive oil right of the bottle and claims that it is extremely healthy and strengthen the joints. He also carries a jar that contains testicles of an elk, which he considers as an ambrosia. Besides all that, Mike also like to eat various worms that he finds while wandering in the forest. He carries a large wooden stick that helps him to stun the worms before eating them.