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The Truth about the Legend of Mick Dodge: Hoh Rainforest Wildman

 

UPDATED: February 13th, 2014 

 

National Geographic used to be amazing. Growing up, I would thumb through the magazines, looking at pictures of faraway lands. From Antarctica, to Africa, Australia and Siberia, the world National Geographic showed me was amazing, raw and real. Today, after 125 of existence, National Geographic is a shell of the awesomeness it once was. While the magazine is still decent, the television station, NatGeo, is ruining the good name of the company. Instead of detailed reports, it now has become sensationalized, throwing any story it can together to get better ratings.

 

The NatGeo channel on cable is an atrocious mess of staged reality shows. While the station does have some good programming, the daily line-up is not exactly groundbreaking and not at all truthful.

 

Case and point: Mick Dodge. The Legend of Mick Dodge, currently airing on NatGeo on Tuesday Nights takes what could be an amazing premise for a show and turns it into what some consider “mind-numbing television.” The show seems to hide the truth about Mick Dodge and that prompted us to do some research and write this post.

 

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Image courtesy of: olympicmountainearthwisdomcircle.org

Image courtesy of: olympicmountainearthwisdomcircle.org

5 FACTS ABOUT MICK DODGE: THE SHOW

 

Mick Dodge Does Not Live in Solely in the Woods

 

The show says that Dodge left society 25 years ago to live in the forest. While Mick does occasionally sleep in the woods, he also has claimed that he likes to shack up in the winter at a special lady’s house that lives in the region. He is also part of an amazing community that has lent him a cabin to live in, as the cabin he inherited from his grandfather is no longer safe enough to live in. The show also seems to imply that he forages for all of his food, but upon closer inspection, we feel he is quite stocky for a 62 year old who lives off the land. While we tease about this fact, the man is in awesome shape!

 

UPDATE: After talking to EarthGym, a group that Mick Dodge is part of, we would like to clarify our points. Mick does leave the forest every so often. He regularly appears via Skype to answer questions about the show and has said he enjoys cookies. Our comments above, while accurate, may have been interpreted as negative toward the man. That was never our intention, and we apologize if you read this as an attack on Mick. Mick often sleeps outside and enjoys being one with nature and we love him for that.

 

 

 

Mick Dodge is not a Survivalist

 

Mick Dodge is many things, but even he says he is not a survivalist. He is a nature lover and a teacher of all things natural. He is a part of the group “Olympic Mountain Earth Wisdom Circle” which has three main goals. According to their website, they “Expand Human Awareness, Promote Vibrant Health for People and All Life and Restore the Balance Between People and Nature.” He teaches classes, which were the way he was discovered by National Geographic in the first place. He is awesome at survival skills, but to be clear, he does not consider himself a survivalist.

 

UPDATE: After speaking with the awesome people at EarthGym, this fact holds up. Mick is not a survivalist. He is a man who is reconnecting with his ancestral instincts in nature. He lives off the land as often as possible and strives to raise awareness for all viewers to do the same in their own backyard.

 

 

 

Mick Dodge is Part of a Business

 

Mick Dodge is involved with the Olympic Mountain Earth Wisdom Circle, which believes “We strive to renew humanity’s connection to nature and to the innate spirit of life through practices and lifestyle approaches that revive sacredness, authenticity and ecstasy – helping humanity takes its rightful place within the intelligent harmony of nature.” The payment he receives for his show was given to this business, which charges anywhere from a few hundred dollars to over $3,000 for retreats all over the world. The awesome part about Mick is that all earnings from his TV show go directly to the OMEWC!

More about Olympic Mountain Earth Wisdom Circle: http://www.olympicmountainearthwisdomcircle.org/

 

UPDATE: While Mick was paid for the show, he does not have a bank account, check book or debit card. The money (which we were told isn’t much) has gone to help him spread the word about the Earth Gym, as well as give back to the community of amazing people that he is a part of. We meant no negative thoughts about his being paid for the show, only highlighting that he is not a hermit that lives in the woods alone. He has a family of supporters who do anything to ensure that the way of life EarthGym teaches gets as much love and support as it can. We have been in contact with Earth Gym and look forward to supporting them. We could go on about Mick’s generosity, but please trust us when we say that he is an amazing man who deeply cares for both humanity and nature.

 

 

 

Mick Dodge Wears Shoes

 

While Mick Dodge is known throughout the region as the Barefoot Sensei, he has been seen wearing shoes numerous times. In fact, in an interview with the Peninsula Daily News, he stresses the importance of wearing rubber boots while on the Olympic Peninsula. While the barefoot movement is something that has a ton of merit, we here at Exotic Hikes feel that living on the Olympic Peninsula with no shoes year-round would be plain insanity.

 

UPDATE: Of every aspect of the show that people seem to talk about, this is the most volatile. Yes, Mick wears shoes, and even does so in episodes of the show. However, being barefoot is something he enjoys, as he regularly mentions how much you can learn about an area by actually feeling it with your feet. The shoes he wears on the show were made by his partners at EarthGym, and they have been teaching fans of the show how to make their own shoes and pants, just like Mick. Being barefoot in the rainforest is probably the most bad-ass thing anyone can do, and we meant no slander or ill will by sharing the fact that he occasionally wears shoes.

 

 

 

National Geographic tells Mick Dodge what to do for Ratings

 

Like any reality TV show, Mick Dodge is told what to do. The show puts him in situations that are not a usual day for him, all for the purpose of making television to sell ads. The show tries to pretend that it is just following a man on regular journeys, but Mick Dodge has some words of advice for you, if you believe the show to be 100% accurate.
In an interview with the Peninsula Daily News, he says “It’s a show. It’s a TV show. If you think anything that’s on TV is real, then welcome to America.”

 

UPDATE: Apparently, the vast majority of people who left comments on this post skipped this section. While NAtGeo scripts the entire show, Mick has been doing a brilliant job of allowing his personality to shine through, despite the editing process. For those who doubt Mick is real or genuine, one look at the passion he has in his eyes shows he is serious about what he does. Each recreation that NatGeo does for the show is actually something that Mick does in real life. He takes on poachers of wood, poachers of animals and people who disrespect the land he has live in and loved for his whole life.

 

 

Our Thoughts

 

For us here at Exotic Hikes, having Mick Dodge on television is both great and painful. His work generates interest in nature and in the Olympic Peninsula, but at a small cost. The show demonstrates the beauty of the region, but shows it in a way that makes outdoor enthusiasts appear to be cut off from society. It shows a man who loves hiking and the great outdoors in a light that is most unflattering. The show has some good life lessons, as well as a few humorous points, but for those of us who make our living the in the forests and mountains of the Olympic Peninsula and Olympic National Park, it is painful to watch. Nature lovers should be celebrated and respected for trying to protect beautiful areas from being destroyed. NatGeo seems to not agree and has turned a good man with a great idea into a carnival attraction. Mick Dodge, through the lens of National Geographic, appears to be more of a freak show than the good-natured, kind-spoken barefoot sensei that he is. Mick Dodge deserves to be shown in a better light and the Olympic Peninsula deserves to be represented accurately.

 

Mick Dodge loves the Hoh Rainforest and the Pacific Northwest. He is passionate about getting people healthy and to use nature as a gym. He wants everyone to experience nature and connect with it. We feel we are justified in saying that National Geographic is doing a poor job of portraying this. Mick is a man who has brought environmentalism, human impact on nature and watershed appreciation to the forefront of national conversation. While the show could do more to emphasize this, Mick’s unique, colorful and warm personality allows his message to be seen and heard by millions each week. We applaud Mick and look forward to learning more valuable life lessons from him.

 

More info on Earth Gym: http://www.theearthgym.com/

 

 

Do you agree with us?

 

Image courtesy of: olympicmountainearthwisdomcircle.org

Image courtesy of: olympicmountainearthwisdomcircle.org

 

 

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Sources:
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283 Responses so far.

  1. Sandra Gil says:

    I agree absolutely with your comments. The peninsula is an amazing place and should be protrayed by natgeo in a more respectful manner. Mr. Dodge may be a wonderful guy. If so, he should not allow a tv show to portray him as a bumbling goofball. He should insist on a more truthful display of the amazing forest he calls home as well as himself. That is the show we would love to watch. That is the man we would learn to respect. NatGeo should be ashamed of themselves for treating their public like uneducated idiots.

    • tod wells says:

      Yes, im pretty much done with national jokeagraphic!

      • RICK says:

        WHAT A CLEAN FOOTED JOKE, WHO IS HE WORKING FOR? HE IS SO PRETTY, MAYBE HE COLLD GET ANOTHER (BOYFRIEND) TAKE HIM OFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF .,!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Tim says:

      What does Hoh stand for?

      • ExoticHikes says:

        The word Hoh is actually the name for the river and the tribe that lived in the region. While they are technically part of the Quileute Tribe, their language is closer to the Quinault Tribe to the south.

      • Funny how HOH = H2O and this from a tribe pre modern science. And since no one has seen a water molecule – how did it get assigned the limited value of H2O? when each drop of living water contains the universe of life force

      • chuck deong says:

        “Hoh” is actually the name of the Indian Tribe that resides in the area. I am from the region and We locals are not very impressed with the damn legend of dipshit dodge.

        • klepp0906 says:

          Envy is a very unhealthy emotion.

          Beside that, what are you doing to draw awareness to nature? The guy is a beautiful human being and that’s coming from another dude..

          • Juliana says:

            I agree!!!! Even my 3y.o. wants to go into the forest. It’s a great show with a guy that has a great sense of humor. If anything… This show makes us want to get out and explore more

    • Mac says:

      No one would watch! This is the problem with most people, they can’t see the world past their nose! As interested as you say you would be and that you would watch if it were more “real” but lets face the truth….. it would be horribly boring and the show would never make it at all! You have to entertain millions not hundreds to make a show work…..
      It’s TV for god sake, it’s meant to be entertainment.

      • David H says:

        You’re exactly correct! Watch some of the older (some newer) nature shows in which we set the camera in spot to follow animals, etc. They do not generate a prime time spot because most people do not find them “exciting!” Informative yes, exciting, no! This is the reason for the added drama, recreations, etc in “reality television! On another note, Nat Geo has to get rating otherwise they would lose sponsors! With so many other networks including “reality” there is a alot of competition in those time slots, so we have to make it work! Like someone said, we are entertaining thousands not hundreds! Currently Nat Geo has great ratings over all!

        Experience: Network Producer

    • KarynB says:

      R-E-L-A-X
      1. They never said he was a hermit as he mentions family and has visits with friends
      2. He’s a rascal and ribs NatGeo every chance he can and both sides are AOK with it.
      3. With online resources you should know not to trust just one source even if it is NatGeo.
      Happy trails.

    • Andrew says:

      Well I don’t think he was portrayed as a bumbling goof ball, now I don’t really like that they are telling him what to do but I found him funny. I understand you do have to entertain people and his humur did that for me and if that’s how he is and it helps the environment then ok.

      • Steve Malysz M.S. says:

        I used to subscribe to National Geographic, Psychology Today, etc. before they gave into sensationalism. I’m a mental health professional and a lover of nature. I believe anything that promotes the conservation of nature is a good thing; even the NatGeo channel. We live in an age of computers, WiFi, hash tags, twitter, text messages, and cell phones. What would most people do without these gadgets and gizmos? This is a sad fact. Therefore, television and magazines had to adapt to survive and flourish. The National Geographic Channel created ‘Mick Dodge.’ Although the show is scripted, it is promoting conservation and dare I say getting out among nature to exercise. Mick Dodge appears to be a really good, cool guy. It appears he is a huge supporter and lover of nature; and the conservation of nature.
        I applaud this website for what it represents and what it doesn’t represent. I love to be one with nature. There are very few people who really understand “being one with nature.” I believe this website is a great resource, educator, and ‘open forum’ for all things nature. Thank you for your time.

    • Susan says:

      I don’t think Mick comes across as a goofball at all. He has a sense of humor. Mick is all about respecting nature and teaching people about nature. I’m enjoying the show. If he really does live in a cabin at times or with a lady friend, I would like the show to make that part of the show. The show displays the beauty of nature and I am grateful to National Geographic for that

      • Susan Hinkley says:

        I agree, I love watching. You just never know what he’s going to do next. And I’ve actually learned a lot from the show. I lived on Whidbey Island around the time he moved in. I’ve traveled extensively and that area is still my favorite!

    • Peter says:

      Hey Sandra, if you truly watch the show he is portrayed as anything but an idiot! He has fun with people but the guy clearly is extremely intelligent and resourceful!

      • klepp0906 says:

        This. Very intelligent man, academically and socially. I expected a red neck when I first saw the show. So far from being the case.

    • Benni says:

      Wow. Amazing comments. For an article that is “not an attack on Mick”, it seems to not so subtly scrape away at his integrity. I have known Mick Dodge for a long time. He is extremely intelligent and a bit eccentric. The wild outdoor image of him that is portrayed by National Geographic is definitely the Mick I know. He feels one with the forest and the Hoh River Valley is his first love. For over 20 years I have never known him to be living in a house in town or anywhere else.Just because he may visit his girlfriend’s house does not make him a fake. That means he’s a social being and sometimes needs to socialize.
      He definitely lives off the land. Most of the times I have visted with him, he was barefoot, which I always thought was a bit different. But that was Mick.
      National Geographic is filming parts of his life, but if you knew Mick, you would also know that he doesnt take orders on how to behave and how to speak. Not even for Hollywood.
      He is not like the rest of us, folks. So get over it. Stop trying to make him seem trivial or unreal. No one represents how much we love the Hoh River Valley better than Mick.
      The only “mind numbing” item here is an article written by an Exotic Hiker who is trying to play the devil’s advocate. Maybe because Mick lives outside of the box (or should I say the house…),and he doesnt play by “Exotic Hike’s” rules.

      • Procopio says:

        Excellent post! I also detect more than a bit of condescending self-righteousness in the attempted hack-job of a television personality who is apparently more authentic than “exotic hike” wanted to give him credit for. Being an experienced “television survivalist” myself, nothing was exposed by their article that I didn’t already assume was the case. It’s television(?!). I’m simply grateful that the focus is a wise and playful character who honors the great outdoors as a remedy to the hectic race going on beyond its borders. I’m hooked and no less fooled(?) than I was by Disney’s “Peter Pan”. After all, even transparent fables and faerie tales are designed to convey very real values and life lessons, which is what I take away from every episode of “The Legend of Mike Dodge”.

        • ExoticHikes says:

          While this post may not have helped you out, it did help answer numerous questions by many viewers, which was why this post was written in the first place. I have nothing but respect for Mick and the Earthgym which he is affiliated with and am beyond excited for Season 2 to come out. Living in the same region, it is exciting to think that our remote corner of the country could help fuel interest in regaining values we lost long ago.
          Safe exploring.

      • ExoticHikes says:

        Thanks for the comment. I am not sure how you interpreted this article the way you did, but I encourage you to reread it and read through my comments in this thread as well. This article has been discussed with members of Earthgym and I long ago fixed what some construed as misleading statements. I think Mick is great, and maybe if you reread this article knowing that, you can see that this is more about how NatGeo portrays the show and less about him.

      • klepp0906 says:

        I was thinking more along the lines that exotic hikes is a business and he’s considered competition in some way so slander cause that’s how today’s generation rolls..

        • ExoticHikes says:

          On the contrary, Mick’s success helps us out, so he is not a competitor at all. We consider him (and the people at Earthgym) to be friends and highly support his beliefs on nature and the region.
          Love the comments though and glad to see someone taking the time to read our entire article. Thanks!

      • Randy Bigbee says:

        The show is very addictive. Would like to go back to Washington some day and say “Hi” to Mick Dodge. It is beautiful country.

      • Elly says:

        there will be always be someone out there always going to be the negative Nancy of the world. to you i say grow up find a hobby and let everyone else enjoy being who they are. Maybe if you spent more time focusing on you and what you like to do possibly you wouldn’t have the time to bicker about what others are doing. Show this man some respect for being who he is because he obviously isn’t loosing sleep cause you forgot to make your bed this morning.

    • klepp0906 says:

      Bumbling goofball? The guy sounds and is extremely bright…. Perhaps it’s just over your head…

    • Tom says:

      I just watched the show. AWESOME!!! I think, in the face, he looks like Bigfoot. lol No disrespect intended.
      Take care and good luck

    • Herb Foerster says:

      I watched several episodes of the Legend of Mick Dodge and what a bunch of BS. He does things to make it look good for TV but it’s so fake. I’m sure he is a good guy but I hope people don’t really think it is all real.

    • Toni Gawthrop says:

      I agree and the “joke” he played portraying himself as Bigfoot, in the mountains where I’m from,would have got him shot.

  2. Kay_Rock says:

    I think it’s fairly obvious when watching the show how much of it is staged. But “reality” is not what draws me to it. I think a true show about a true mountain wildman would be fairly boring, as the wild man would spend the entire show running away from the camera crew.

    But Mick is special. His intelligence and humor shine through the murk and muck of “scripted reality” to highlight the one thing that matters: his spirit. I have no idea what faith he has but he is a man who clearly lives a beautifully taoist life. His joy in life and in the earth is apparent in every word and every movement.

    I came to the show knowing that reality shows are ridiculous. I had no expectation of reality. I wanted to learn who this man is. And the more I learn about him via the show and articles that paint a truer picture of him, the more I enjoy watching it. He is entirely complicit in the joke. He plays along. He plays with them as they play with his reality. It’s marvelous. Why cry that it isn’t fully real? The man is real, and the rest is just fluffy frosting.

    • Michelle Jacks says:

      Kay_Rock I agree with you. While this show is heavily influenced by the hype of the media, one can’t deny the fact that the show raises much needed environmental awareness. I’m a fan of Mick Dodge.

    • Judy says:

      I understand that this is a reality show. I have never even watched the show but I wanted to know more about Mick Dodge. He has tremendous spiritual energy that I can feel just by seeing his image on TV. If it had not been for NatGeo I may never have known about this incredible person.

      There are many ways we meet people and become involved in their lives, reality TV is one way that we get to learn about this man. What you take away from it depends entirely on your own interpretation. Some people will see it and believe that everything about it is true. Others who are more inquisitive or even those who feel his energy will know the truth about why he does the show. That apparently is enough for him and it is enough for me.

      I remember when my son was little, his father and I were divorced and we had differing opinions of things. My son and I would talk about them and I would tell him that just because his father or I felt a certain way about something didn’t mean he had to take it for the truth. He had to be able to listen to what he heard and analyze it, then he could decide for himself what he felt to be true. Reality TV is the same.

    • I totally agree with you! Some people need to lighten up a little and quit taking themselves so seriously. This show is interesting and entertaining and broadens our knowledge of an area that most people in U.S. don’t know that much about. I am NOT a fan of reality shows but this one I love and wouldn’t miss.

      • andy says:

        Saw the show for the 1st time today. Two minutes or so into the show they lost me. He has learned to live on 1000 kcal a day. I have to call BS on this as to maintain his sated 170 lbs body weight, at his supposed level of activity, he need more like twice that. His message, which is good, gets lost when the it flies in the face of common sense and the science. I get the idea of reality TV, but not getting the basics right has me wonder how much more is just fabrication. How much of the other characters is made up. Not interested in seeing anymore. A good story will stand on its own.

        • ExoticHikes says:

          Very valid points!
          We agree his message gets a little lots through the editing process and wish they would should more of the beauty of the region. Amazingly, where the show is filmed in just an average section of the rainforest. There is much more beauty just up the Hoh river!

        • MONA BAUGH says:

          THANK YOU, I AGREE.

      • Cheryl M says:

        Geez…cannot get over the unnecessary hostility. I happened to catch this show by accident and I was captivated and positively entertained by Mick’s wit and humor and intelligence. I also enjoyed learning a few things about getting by in the wilderness on what’s available. Now I realize you survivalists are generally pretty intense…but if you don’t like the show, (and its a SHOW folks, not a documentary)by all means don’t watch. I don’t agree that NatGeo is trash and if you really think it is trying watching everything else on TV these days. It will redefine for you what trash really is.

    • Yes, thank you!
      You are absolutely Right!
      Mick is a “Thrivalist”, who follows the Middle Path weaving between the “Wastelands” (city), the “Open Fenced Lands” and the “Gated Wild”.

      In the beginning he fought the ‘scripting and pitch of the show’, then started to play, hoping to bring positive attention and hope to the last remaining rain forest, realizing Nat Geo is doing what they think will attract interest.

      But Mick’s genuine spirit, style and walk can’t be scripted – it is from his heart. He hopes people might touch the earth to remember, recover and re-story their primal, practical, playful connection to the water, land and air we all share.

      He goes barefoot and wears footwear (like moccasins) that keep his touch alive as much as possible in ways that make SENSE.

      This is not a Survival Show, but if NatGeo advertised a man’s love, life and play in the last remaining rain forest – would people have tuned in? Or do we need Living on the Edge drama to even get above the noise?

      • nicoledbernal@gmail.com says:

        I couldn’t agree more. My family and I love the show and adore Mick. We are from Texas and have a love for Washington and the Peninsula. We just returned from a family vacation to Washington and joked about how cool it’d be to run into Mick (realizing how slim those chances would be). Well, as luck would have it, we did! We stopped at Peak 6 to grab some water before heading further into the Hoh, and there he was! We were ecstatic to meet him… and he was thrilled to meet us! We visited with him, took pics with him, and thoroughly enjoyed hearing his stories. A little while after our visit, he walked over to us and asked if he could sing us a song. He felt it was a gift to meet nice people and was thankful for the kindness we showed him (roughly his words)… so he wanted to give us something meaningful to him. It was a beautiful song and a memory me and my family will never forget!

        • ExoticHikes says:

          That is so awesome! We are glad you were not only able to get up to our neck of the woods, but also getting to meet Mick. Your experience sounds fantastic!
          Thanks for the comment and keep exploring nature!

  3. Richard says:

    I was skeptic after the first episode of Mick Dodge-he comes off as a eccentric trustafarian with a fat bank account.Everything was too predictable ,expected.Matches for his fire,ketchup for his food-even his own ” Rambo” trailing him and the camera crew…but I’ll watch -What is it 20min after commercials?

    • Mick has no bank account. He donated his money to a non-profit trying to help build awareness on being more conscious on the Earth.

      Mick has definitely lived on the edge, and on road kill! He is the real thing. His survival story started on a Marine Base in Japan, rejected by a cultural and language he adopted, longing to go home to the Rain Forest in the Olympics his Grandfather brought to life during summers, only to return home at last to a draft notice for Vietnam. He healed his wounds in the forest and hopes to inspire a deep healing for all warriors betrayed by our culture of Greed.

      • Ken Horst says:

        So I guess my survival story also started on a Marine Base in Okinawa Japan? LMAO! You really are an idiot lady. The USMC does not teach any survival techniques my dear idiot, unless by survival you mean squad fire-team tactics using M16′s, M60′s, Mark19′s, TOW’s, radios for close air/naval support etc…

        • moonhair says:

          Happy Resurrection Ken!
          I was speaking of the emotional survival of being raised by the military inside a culture that rejects you which does prepare him for fighting in a country that rejected US, only to come ‘home’ to a culture he had little connection to, so the forest became his haven. This show is a love story between a man and a forest. Peace to your own journey Ken…sorry to have offended you.

      • bbo says:

        last remaining rainforest? how do you figure that? you must not know much about the world outside of the U.S….

        I’m not claiming to be any kind of expert or all that knowledgeable about the different environments of the world, in fact it was a shock to me when the show said that mick lives in a “rain forest,” in north america! I never knew such a thing existed! I always knew that washington gets lots of rain and has plenty of forest, but never actually considered it to be a rainforest. When I hear that word I think of places like africa, the amazon, cambodia etc…. anyways the peninsula area is far from the last rainforest

  4. Marvin Sasser says:

    It is a bit silly of a show, but I find it entertaining. Mick is funny and a little weird, and it is pretty obvious on how much is scripted. I do love the scenery, and the unique mountain people that he is friends with. If anything it is encouraging a trip to the northwest someday.

    • ExoticHikes says:

      If you are encouraged to take a trip up here, that is awesome. Amazingly, the rainforest they show on the show is not even that great compared to what we have in the Olympic National Park!
      The Northwest is beautiful, and if you are a nature lover, we want you here!

      • Kathy says:

        I bet Mick and his forest friends have had a lot of fun pretending to be “Big Foots” when the city folk come to the woods. After watching a few of his shows, I am convinced they could pull it off. Seeing him scale trees with what appears to be little effort and jump in big stumps to disappear.

  5. Victor Foster says:

    I disagree. I love the show and all the interesting characters. The forest is portrayed as very beautiful and enchanting. I applaud NatGeo for bringing us such a beautiful place and displaying such imaginative and creative characters while keeping it very entertaining. Great job to Mick as well. Such a great show for the kids to spark their interest and imaginations in nature. I don’t mind that it’s made into a show. Those people and that place are real and truly awesome and I wouldn’t have known about it at all if it wasn’t for the show.

  6. Jimmy Duke says:

    I was suspicious of some of the show’s content initially, but I admit they had me fooled into thinking that Mick really did live in the woods. I got really suspicious when on the one show they depicted Mick getting into 40 degree water and floating 3 miles down to Carl’s house with no ill effects! Mick would have been stone cold dead within an hour in that water! Once again, “Google is your friend”, and I found this page. Mick the truth is much more interesting to me than Mick the legend, and I agree that Nat Geo should be ashamed to air this crap when they could do so much more by just telling the truth about Mick and the Hoh River Rainforest.

  7. Bill Light says:

    I fortunately have met and spent quality time with a few Mick Dodge’s. Unlike the liberal hypocrites like elitist, anonymous Exotic Hikes writer, Mick really has nothing to prove, and he has fun donating time and teaching the wisdom and lessons he has learned during his life. At the age of 18 I also learned to survive in the wilderness totally along during harsh weather, and I still teach the lessons I learned. I hope NatGeo continues the show. It shows some of the realities of the wild and it brings out the self-serving wannabes for who they really are.

    • ExoticHikes says:

      I don’t believe we insulted Mick at all in this piece. We are wanting National Geographic to do a better job, as we mentioned numerous times in this article.

    • HinkleyHadAVision says:

      Hey look everybody, it is one of those perpetually angry know-nothing easily manipulated blowhards that whine about politics and liberals every chance they get and, thus, are never taken remotely seriously by anybody with half a brain.

      You missed the link for the Drudge Report, clownshoe.

  8. Bob B says:

    So what.! I enjoy watching the show. Dispite what people say about him not living entirely in the woods it’s great. The scenery is beautiful. And besides he probably would be arrested for vagrancy if he did. So open up your imaginations and think of how things used to be.

  9. Stevo says:

    While I agree that NatGeo could do a better job portraying the reality of Mick Dodge’s true lifestyle, I also appreciate the fact that they are trying to appeal to a larger audience. Those who wish to learn more about the man will conduct a little search and wind up reading articles such as this one. It’s obvious to anybody watching that Mick is “in on the joke”. I’m just glad that they are showing somebody with something to offer. They are probably as close to the “truth” as they could get and still be able competitive in the struggle for viewers.

    • ExoticHikes says:

      We get your comment completely. We want people to see the Olympic National Park and the Hoh as much as anyone. We were just sad that it wasn’t better. Sadly, they need ratings, so they have to make the show the way it is.
      At least we get to see Mick though, right?

  10. Wildman Mike says:

    He is the reel big feets!

  11. Maureen says:

    While I have been very disappointed in many of National Geographic’s programming choices, this show is one that I very much enjoy. Mick has an engaging personality. His philosophies/spirituality/values are similar to my own. I also love that he quotes John Muir, who is someone I grew up reading.
    The Olympic Peninsula is beautiful and the people they have filmed are interesting.
    This is one of the few shows on NatGeo that I find myself tuning in to.

  12. JL says:

    I agree with Mr. Light. The Exotic Hikes writer came off as elitist, almost snide. Mr. Light actually knows Mick Dodge and felt the same affront by the article as I did.
    Reality shows have never been based on reality, to pull out trivial crap like; “Mick Dodge wears shoes,” and claim the show portrays Dodge as a crazy old man cavorting through Hoh forrest is presumptuous and intellectually dishonest. Case in point, Dodge isnt going to purposely demean himself and simply swallow it in the name of Hollywood.

    But maybe a crazy old man would?

    • ExoticHikes says:

      Actually, nowhere in this post did we critique Mick. We merely answered questions that were asked to us, since we work and live in the Olympic National Park and Hoh Rainforest.
      We think Mick is an awesome guy and say so in the post. We just wish the show was better, as we expect National Geographic to be better than the other stations.

  13. Jim McMillan says:

    First you may want to reread that and maybe corect the many typos.
    I think your point is misplaced, I feel like they show him in exactly the light you say they should! He seems like a great old guy that appears to be a genuine and amazing guy that loves to mess with the film crew.
    Of course many of the situations are staged to some extent, but that’s a must to make people tune in! You are a fool if you belive that if they just followed Mick around in his real day to day life admiring nature that people would tune in. Remember TV is a numbers game and it takes interesting and at times dramatic circumstances to draw those numbers. If the show was made to only appeal to people like you it would never make it to TV.

    JIM

    • ExoticHikes says:

      First, thanks for the grammar lesson. We sometime rush to publish and miss obvious errors. We will work harder to correct this in the future.
      Secondly, the point of the article was to criticize NatGeo, not Mick. Nowhere in the post did we attack Mick Dodge. We merely provided answers to questions that we had been asked. We want National Geographic to be about nature, not about ratings.
      We may disagree on the show, but at least we can agree that the Hoh rainforest (which is also my backyard) is a gorgeous place!

  14. Josh says:

    Dude your a dick! Every time i watch mick dodge and see the hoh rain forest it looks cool as shit. Eagles. And mick dodge is better then swamp people, pawn stars, and any other show history or discovery channel can offer.

    • ExoticHikes says:

      If loving nature and wanting more actual nature shows on TV makes us what you called us, we will gladly take that insult. We just wish that Natgeo would work hard at showing nature, and worry less about ratings.
      Yes, we get how TV works, but still…it is National Geographic.

      • Katsstud says:

        Although you have made the statement many times within the thread, you have to realize that NatGeo has to make enough commercially viable programming to pay the bills. That being said, there will always be critics of a show’s purity regardless of the format based on differing opinions.

        If there is an opportunity to show nature even in the cloak of a scripted reality show…are we not better for it?

    • Terry says:

      I agree! Yes the depiction of Dodge might not be totally accurate but I am enjoying it. Dodge’s smile when he’s in his element is real and so are the dam trees! Don’t nitpick what is one of the more original offerings on TV.

  15. Rick L. says:

    I work at western state hospital, and for awhile I thought ol’e Mick might have been the patient we’ve been missing for awhile. Honestly, I enjoy watching the show,it’s like any other”reality” show that’s on the boob tube nowadays. The terrain is beautiful. I’ve hunted the northwest for years so I can relate to the beauty others are watching for the first time. Take it for what it is,and enjoy!

    • ExoticHikes says:

      Glad you love the Northwest too!
      Hopefully, if there is a next season, they will show more of the beauty of the region and encourage more people, to stop and appreciate the world we live in.

  16. Cor says:

    For those of us who still have jobs and mortgages to pay, its a nice release to see what living among the Hoh Rainforest looks like. Not to mention the human potential at any age. The man is how old? and climbing trees, running thru the forest, and cutting timber. If anything, the show is a nice reminder of a life lived much simpler and in connection with the Earth. I’ma fan.

    • ExoticHikes says:

      The human spirit is amazing and Mick, for all his years, is an incredible man. We truly appreciate him as a man, just not the way the show is made.
      Keep watching, keep exploring and know that just outside is a rejuvenating world of wonder!

    • Mick is 62 and the crew half his age had a time keeping up.

      I host an Earth Bar(Sports Bar for the Earth) at a local Tahoe Cafe so people can gather and watch the show together, then craft something from the show (I made most of the garments Mick wears and showed him the craft of leather along with Karl)and then we talk to Mick directly!

      If you would like to host a Earth Bar in your area: share the show and insights on your own touchdown with the earth – let me know.

      • ExoticHikes says:

        That is super awesome! Mick seems like an incredible man and your posts only make us here at Exotic Hikes more curious about him.
        We hope you, as well as all the readers of this post, understand that we love Mick and what he stands for, just disappointed with how NatGeo decided to portray him.
        Again, thank you so much for your comments and keep exploring and loving nature!

        • Procopio says:

          Exotic Hikes, the more you gripe about Nat Geo’s television show the more apparent the disconnect between yourself and the reality of television becomes. In fact, my primary concern is that the increasing popularity of this show will make your beloved rainforest thee destination for all sorts of hikers, tourists, and wannabe mountain men. At which point, how long will you be able to enjoy the natural authenticity that you value so much? I suggest that you brace yourself.

          • ExoticHikes says:

            We support tourism done correctly, and would love for people to actually travel to the region to see nature for themselves. Having a local economy devastated by the loss of logging and fishing, tourism would bring a much needed boost to the region. Twilight increased revenue on the Olympic Peninsula and even allowed for new job, new building and new finding for trails around the cities of Forks and LaPush. With more tourism comes better funding for National Parks, which will help limit the damage tourism can cause. With 95% of Olympic National Park designated as wilderness, I think we can handle a few hundred more people coming to the region.

      • cheesesteakwit says:

        U made the clothes he wears lol ur bar is in Tahoe and he’s in Washington state I don’t understand what did u do mail him the clothes!

  17. Mike says:

    It sounds like someone’s a jealous hater

    • ExoticHikes says:

      How are we hating?
      We just answered some questions and said Mick was an awesome person.
      We just wish Natgeo would do a better job of showing nature and not delving into reality TV.
      Either way, you seem like a person of passion, so keep standing for what you believe in and keep hiking and loving nature!

  18. dtyler says:

    You all are much to up tight they have shown him wearing shoes they have shown him at his lady friends its a fun little hearted show that i can comfortable watch with my children that increases there interest in nature with out worry of violence or the inappropriate language that seams to be everywhere in todays world thank you natgeo

    • ExoticHikes says:

      We love that you are getting your kids interested in nature! That is one of our core beliefs!
      Awesome job! Keep hiking!

  19. Pamela M says:

    I agree about how national Geo used to really stand for something but now they are cheap. I use to really respect their documentaries and their reputation. I also think they are turning Mick into one of the Stoogies, it’s sad to watch.

    • ExoticHikes says:

      Thank you for reading the article and seeing that this wasn’t a piece against Mick!
      We really wish NatGeo would use some of their time here to show some of the amazing nature as well as Mick, but looks like we may be alone in this!

  20. Shelley Bump says:

    I watched this weeks show Mick made it to his girl friend house in no time flat. If he lives soooo far out in the forest it should have taken two shows to get there. And what about Moss Head Man? Worried about trees I think they are a bunch of tree hugging hippies and they have left the corporate world When times get tough go hug a tree. National Geo get a real story of how people live in the good old US like the subway rats in New York not some old hippie!

  21. gschilleci says:

    No, I do not agree with you. I love the story & the beautiful forest. So what if it’s not accurate. A man who loves & respects nature is worth watching!! I’m a fan & will continue watching.

    • ExoticHikes says:

      I am glad you will keep watching!
      Living up here, we just wish they would focus more on reality and try to get more people interested in nature. We love Mick and what he stands for and are glad there are so many passionate people out there!

  22. Ben says:

    Hi,
    I just happened to start watching about a half hour ago – and already I’m enjoying it, even if primarily for entertainment purposes. I live in Los Angeles, but I value and am grateful for preservationists and nature lovers and the beauty that surrounds us.
    And I want to meet Mick’s friend Carl “Will of Stone” – Wow, now that is the ultimate mountain man! It is obvious that Carl exemplifies happiness, generosity, and a real joy for life!

    • ExoticHikes says:

      Carl seems awesome too! Seeing everyone up here so happy in nature lifts our spirits!
      Thanks for the comment and glad to know more awesome people are out there!

  23. Peggy L says:

    I like this show, every state has people who enjoying living “in the wild.” We can always learn something from those people. Mick has a sense of humor too, I like that too. Just like “Turtleman” not all reality, but he loves animals and will go the extra mile to protect them! Mick loves the forrest and it’s inhabitants!

  24. doug johnson says:

    Unbelievably fake BS…..catering to the usual bunch of liberal Nature Boys and Girls, these fools almost certainly think this clown actually lives in the woods, fulfilling their personal fantasies. Liberals continue to be a source of amusement for normal people.

    • HinkleyHadAVision says:

      You know who is a real source of amusement for normal people? The red-faced tubby blowhard partisans like you that find an opportunity to whine about liberals in every article no matter how little it has to do with your easily manipulated corporate sponsored hackish beliefs.

      Nobody takes you seriously champ, go back to Breitbart.

  25. Angela W says:

    I think Mick is a classic!

    He enlightens us by helping us to filter out materialism and a greater understanding and appreciation of Mother Earth, what she gives us freely and without condition. He exemplifies that one can find peace and contentment with very little and a man’s value is not measured by what is in his wallet, but what is in his mind, heart and spirit.

    Life is not about what we have acquired, but what we have learned.

    Greed and lust for more has no understanding of this concept.

    • ExoticHikes says:

      “He enlightens us by helping us to filter out materialism and a greater understanding and appreciation of Mother Earth”

      Exactly! However, we just wish Natgeo would do more to help the earth and would highlight the region!
      Thanks for the comment and keep exploring the world!

  26. Sue Sweeney says:

    I watched a recap of three shows last night. I could tell right away that stuff was staged but Mick Dodge is a very sexy man with his own ideas and a firm grip on reality. I particularly like his eyes and his ready smile. I might not believe in the show, but I DO believe in him and wish him all the luck in the world. And good for him that he has a special lady in his life. That certainly makes for a well rounded existence! Yeah, I’ll watch again.

    • ExoticHikes says:

      Mick is awesome. We just want people to understand a bit about the show, since so many questions have come in to us about him. Thanks for the comment and keep watching!

  27. skye says:

    Unlike many of the haters out there and arm chair quarterbacks, i have been lucky enough to spend time with Mick and consider him a friend and role model for sure. The show was inspired not by Mick’s wish to self promote but instead by others sharing the word about Mick them wanting to share his story and his dedication to the land, the region and his love of natural movement.

    He is one of the most authentic human beings i have ever met and i have been lucky to have known many in my 4 decades here on many corners of this globe.

    Does anyone talk about how he walked across Washington barefoot to help raise awareness for “The Antidote”, a simple manifesto written by our mutual friend, Frank Forencich of Exuberant Animal?

    Does anyone bring up his importance in the barefoot movement? Do you have dirt under your fingernails?

    Have any of the other haters been in the Marines and served our country in Vietnam? Gone to Paris Island back before all the rules on being mean and harsh?

    There are more morsels of wisdom in an evening conversation with Mick then in many books. That wisdom is from his connection to the earth and his many experiences, most of which most people will never have or would never have to guts to have.

    People want to always focus on trying to call people out and be the first to wave a “he sold out ” flag and criticize. They are the ones not in the ring. Most people would have a hard time hanging with Mick for one weekend. If you haven’t lived it or lived it, if your hands aren’t calloused from authentic work, if you do not regularly live outside or devote a large portion of your time spreading a positive mission than you should just crawl back into your hole. We don’t need negativity in this world, we need positive vibes and authenticity and kindness.
    Thank you Mick for being an inspiration,
    Skye

    • ExoticHikes says:

      Skye,
      Awesome post! Please don’t think we here at Exotic Hikes are not fans of Mick. He inspires us and helps get the message out about the Hoh and nature, which is always great! Living in the same region as Mick, we just wrote this piece to answer some of the numerous questions that were being asked. Again, Mick deserves respect and our intention was never to discredit him, the Hoh River Trust or the Olympic Mountain Earth Wisdom Circle.
      We are jealous you have gotten to pick Mick’s brain and are glad to know that there are multitudes of us who go outdoors daily, get dirty and get back in touch with the wilderness.
      Keep exploring, and again, thank you for your awesome comment!

  28. BBW says:

    I have only seen a few episodes. It’s an amusing show. You can tell the level of seriousness by how much of a smart ass funny guy mick is. I like his attitude. The dumb question from the camera man about if briars hurt. Then wants Mick to demonstrate on himself, that look he gave the camera man. you know the “you’re a dumbass” look. Then they guy let’s him drag the briar across his arm. Mick is no dummy.

    • ExoticHikes says:

      Thanks for the comment!
      Mick seems like an awesome guy and we are glad he can be on TV. We just wish NatGeo would do a better job highlighting the region and the man instead of making him a standard reality TV show. Keep watching!

  29. Mac says:

    Please tell me that you aren’t so completely naive that you think that Washington has the “Last remaining” rainforest?! I the world of rainforests it doesn’t even make the top 10! I’m a Washington native and I love Washington’s outdoors but come on there are still many beautiful rainforests left in the world.

    • ExoticHikes says:

      Not sure who this was directed to, but we are very aware there are more rainforests in the world. We just happen to really, really love the Hoh, Queets and Quinault Rainforests of the Olympic Peninsula.

  30. Tim Clancy says:

    Nat Geo slants all of their shows to gain viewers which in turn brings them more money. “Whats wrong with that..this is America!” they might say. That’s what’s wrong with America, I say. You can tell from the show that Mick is a gentle human being with a great knowledge and love for the forests he wanderers, but chewing on a few herbs and eating a few crabs now and then would not keep a dog alive. We are led to believe the unbelievable. Is there no portrayer of truth who is not also a profiteer? I do believe Mick bathes in freezing water and that alone was worth seeing. Good luck Mick!
    Tim Clancy
    Buffalo NY

  31. Hal Shaw says:

    Lighten up folks. What’s wrong with having a wholesome show, (something that is almost non-existant these days), that both entertain and educate at the same time. The show warms my heart and puts a smile on my face that I enjoy sharing with others.

  32. Nick says:

    Hello,

    I do agree with your comments. I love to see these real people doing what they love. I don’t consider him a freak or a weirdo, he just does what he feels is right – getting the word out about protecting and loving our beautiful open lands. Those that feel that he is a weirdo or freak are those that need to be properly educated. I think that if you have any issues with him or the way of life he wants to portray, you are part of the problem. People who love the outdoors will respect it and ensure they leave the area as clean and pristine as they found it. I long for a time where things were more simple, not to mention the fact that we should treasure the knowledge that it takes to live in such a way.

  33. steve says:

    i think all to often people forget that television is “entertainmant” if you think anything on the box is real life your kidding yourselves, entertainment survives by being entertaining if it isnt no one watches and networks move on to something else, all of it is entertainment, news has to be celebrity filled news style shows, and try turning on the weather channel and getting some actual weather sorry but if it 8 min past the hour your gonna get a reality show! thats just how it is we created the monster it is so quit complaining about it, you could watch PBS oh wait no one watches that because every 10 minutes they ask for money. but i am glad you were able to “debunk” Mick Dodge I was worried to that someone might accidently find the show “entertaining” you got us all on the straight and narrow now, its black coffee and vanilla ice cream for us from here on out. gotta run now got some real life stuff on the ol’ tv gonna learn how to sing from this real life show called American Idol, then its reruns of gilligans island so i can get some sailing lessons in.

  34. Ryan says:

    I like M.D. For me,watching the show, I can tell what was “made”for T.V. and what is real M.D. You can look into his eyes as he tells a story and know he is one of the good’ol good hearted men that is doing a T.V. show. I would love to be able to give that lifestyle a go and see what it would be like.

  35. andrew says:

    You made it seam like the show just makes him out to be a crazy old man. But I watch the show and find it funny and cool and I see that it’s a man who understands what nature can give us and he loves nature it makes me love nature even more. I just feel your article was a little inaccurate, but I might have a different feel for the show then some one else.

  36. Steve says:

    NatGeo channel is one of many (a dozen or more) owned by Discovery Networks, who have by far become the top pimp/whore of TV “reality” shows. Copy-cats of and surpassing TruTv in their greed selling farce as entertainment, in it solely for the money, running their sharade with marketing lies and posing as “reality”. In fact, it’s nothing more than scripted bad acting pumped up with dramatic background music, subliminal messages and fake drama. Every channel they own plays on glorified human drama/failure/greed/egotistical self-serving power-trips and scripted “suffering/strife”. Discovery obviously caters to teenies, bubbleblgum tweeting, social-site OCD addicts and cares nothing about quality or educational, or entertaining television for that matter. Their recent self-proclaimed hit Klondike with countdown clock running through the entire show (except during commercials of course) shows the network’s producers have their heads as far up their asses as possible. All for the sake of a payday, nothing more.

    When my DirecTv contract is up, I’m cancelling and will not pay for TV again. It is a plight on humanity by corporate money mongers.

    • Good call. So after you cancel your TV … you could always gather others at a public place with a TV who will tune into the show and build a community around inspiration for the wilderness and ancestral skills! We have been holding Earth Bar’s here in Tahoe to watch the show (cause few have TV anymore and its more fun to watch in a group)share crafting (ancestral technology) and share our deeper ‘touchdowns’ with the earth through integration vs domination.

      One way to impact our culture is to ‘change the channel’ (from Sports Bars to Earth Bars)

    • Hello all ~

      Thanks to each of you for the very lively discussion. It is great hear all the perspectives and to see that people really do care and love the natural world enough to watch show and share their thoughts. Steve, (I am assuming you are ExoticHikes) kudo’s to you for opening up the topic. Your love for the region and respect for what Mick represents comes through clearly. Also, I really applaud you for putting your love for the Hoh out into world as a super clear message and the commitment to LIVE your passion. The world really needs more businesses like yours. Cheers, keep up the good work, especially with the youth.

      However, the article you wrote DOES come across a bit like self serving sour grapes. While this may not have been your intention … it is the way the article came across to me … just sayin’. Your opinion that this “carnival show” is some how ‘hurting” your business is negative and off base. It seems that you should be grateful to Nat Geo TV for driving attention to your neck of the woods, because this will only increase the general prosperity for the entire region and to your business in particular ~ if you have the vision to grab on to this by being supportive ~ even if the show itself is not up to your high standards.

      This is obviously the blog for your business and it is very transparent that you are hooking onto the tail of the interest in the show and the Olympic Peninsula in order to attract some business to your own guiding business. While, there is nothing wrong with that in any way, there is really no reason to dissed Mick for making some small money on the show. Even if he kept every penny, he earned every penny. He really would have worked very hard for what he earned. He’d have being ‘on’ for 12 hours a day, likely shooting six days a week, for 6 months. If he truly only made $3000 for that effort, that can not be seen as ‘greedy’ in any way. Even if he didn’t give the money away, it is very hypocritical of you to gripe on Mick when you’re clearly pushing your own business on this thread. Personally, being more supportive and positive will attract far more clients to your business than being negative. The tone of the article initially turned me off, but I kept reading because I was intrigued to see whether or not people really did agreed with you. I am glad I did, because I am very heartened to know that people are responding so well to Mick’s message.

      So, with that being said, and summing up the answer to your closing question of the article “Do you agree with us?” … I would have to conclude from all the comments, that a great majority of the people DO NOT agree with you. What do you think?

      People are responding to the show, Mick’s authenticity, story and message does shines through. Most everyone is viewing this show as a cut above most ‘reality’ shows precisely because Mick’s spirit is able to transcend Nat Geo’s attempts to script him and because Mick is so positive. You can see through the course of the show that the producers have given Mick more and more leeway to be himself. I love the breaking of the 4th wall and Mick’s teaching his Earth lessons to the obvious ‘city boy’ camera men. Even when the storyline of the loggers destroying his favorite place, he says, (unscripted) that he doesn’t fault the loggers because they are just trying to feed their families” This is wisdom that the camera people did not see coming but they had enough sense to include in the edit. It is this is one critical element that brings the show to a stand out status.

      Your criticism of reality TV is very valid also. However, I can tell you, from years of experience, that making good television is really not very easy. If it was, then everyone would be doing it ~ because when it IS good storytelling, then it is really quite fun. I have been in video production for 22 years, many years on a PBS travel show (and yes people do watch PBS). That being that being my profession, I really don’t watch television much at all because I would rather be out living life than watching it.

      We should also give the visitors to your site credit to their intelligence (even it the network executives do not), because most everyone seems to be clear that ‘reality show’ are contrived and not at all ‘reality”. Reality shows started up on MTV and other second tier networks in the 1990′s but really rose to dominance after the writers’ strike in 2007 as away to keep the content flowing without relying on those pesky writers. The television industry has since flocked to this type of programing simply because the executives realized that it is far cheaper to produce a show like this than a standard show. Also, basically, people are happy watching into the illusion of other people’s lives than living their own exceptionally well.

      However, as we all agree, there IS a lot of crap on the airways because of this trend . I personally feel that Nat Geo did a decent job portraying the Hoh and the basic storyline of Mick as a character. They succeeded in created a more interesting ‘reality show” ~ focusing on the EARTH as the start of the show rather that the infidelities of some fame crazed bachelorette. Mick’s most powerful message and deep love for his home far out shines any attempts of the folks back in the corporate offices to manipulate him and he delivers the teaching with playful humor. I can guarantee you that they didn’t have any idea what to do with this wise soul and that he unexpectedly taught everyone who tried to ‘capture’ him for the cameras a little bit about their own primal selves.

      I think the camera work is very good capturing the beauty of the forest and the editing is decent showing Mick’s incredible sense of place in the forest. While, they ARE forcing the element of false drama and the narrator/music goes overboard at time for the style of the show, that maybe what some people need to lock in their relationship to the natural world and get inspired. I haven’t met Mick personally, but I have spoken with him on the phone. He told me that he was constantly denying attempts to manipulate him or his reality, and he would refused to act something out for the cameras, if it was not something that he would realistically do or had actually done sometime in this lifetime.

      All and all it is one show I want to watch on TV and I feel better about the world for having given the show my precious time. I see tremendous room for development and Nat Geo would be wise to up it for another season, but I would suggest that they broaden the storyline to include other forest dwellers committed to living well with their environment and awaking to their own Living Water. I love Jacquie’s depiction of how she is using the show to development community and relationship. Rather than stressing the minor details, we can listen and will hear that a true story of one man’s resideep relationship to our Source Mother Earth/Water/Air/Light is now FINALLY being told on television … this alone is a good enough reason to watch it and enjoy.

      Thanks again for the opportunity to consider such an important issue.

      • ExoticHikes says:

        Thank you for your comments. We have had a long discussion with the Jacquie at Earth Gym and have added updates to the post. We will also be writing a new post that focuses on the amazing and positive things that this program has done. Again, our mission was not to slight Mick at all and we are taking steps to ensure any damage we may have caused in distracting the masses from the fantastic lessons he is teaching through the show are righted.

        I watch this show as often as I can and smile when I see Mick’s soul come through the twinkle in his eye or through his smile. Again, we meant no hard to Mick, and rest assured, we are in his corner for as long as he will have us.

        We have one earth, a limited source of water and an ever depleting source of oxygen. Because of Mick, more people across the country and world are discussing him, the region and environmentalism. This is a much needed miracle in the normal television line-up. We will be focusing the majority of our future blog posts on these issues and thank every single person who has criticized our post. Through discussion, we can all become better people, myself included.

        Thank you for your insight, wisdom and kindness.

    • Dan says:

      you nailed it with the pimp/whore aspect. all of discoverys channels are like that. they just love there self advertising all over the screen to. just look at the ridiculous programming they put on TLC. The learning channel??? I think not :)

  37. sharalyn zander says:

    I agree that NatGeo is doing a pretty horrible job of portraying what is an awesome character and an awesome place. You expect so much better from Nat Geo. However, since I was Blessed to have moved to Washington State at age 17, and remained there until I was in my mid-thirties, I know the entire state VERY well. The Hoh River Rain Forest was one of my favorite places to go camping! My ex husband and I would plan our 1st trip of the year out there every Memorial Day weekend. And we would eagerly look forward to every trip we could take back there until Winter set in. Eventually we attracted a large group of friends that would co ordinate these excursions with us; and, we all became “regulars” at several key spots there that had primitive camp sites. Mic is a hoot! I know his type well. He’s kind of a combination of Old Hippie and ex Viet Nam Vet. He comes across as warm and genuine. But OMG the scripted plot! It was obvious to me right from the beginning that all kinds of stuff (story plot) didn’t jive! I won’t go into how many details don’t jive, or I’d be writing a BOOK! Lol! But I can’t tear myself away from watching every episode that’s aired weekly anyway. I hope they bring him back for a second season and focus more on the wild life, fishing, I’d like to see a few shots of the campgrounds and the cabins they used to rent out there. And quit blurring shots of that cutie skinny-dipping! That’s one good looking MAN! The shots of him poking his head out covered in that moss always crack me up! He’s the kindda guy you call “friend”. Right On, Mic! (And I totally believe he stays in a cabin over the Winter with a “special lady”.) NO WAY ya going to live in a small cave along the coast all Winter long! Maybe for a week you could enjoy that cave…but let’s face it, Winters there are BRUTAL! Lol!

  38. i find 3 things VERY curious about this EXOTIC HIKE Site and the people commenting:

    1) All comments are behind a mask, – why not show your face? no photos? what are you afraid of?

    2) Exotic Hike is using the same strategy they criticize: “Mick is a business….hurting those who make a living off the forest”

    3) Have no real FACTS because they aren’t connecting or responding directly to the source. Rather flaming the hype for attention to their own bank account.

    why not reach out and touch in? the answer is in the water – we all share. Maybe you forgot

    • Billy JackIron says:

      Have no real facts?
      Did Mick pick the blueberries? Have you ever picked wild blueberries that looked like that?

      Have you ever tried to catch crabs that way? Not possible they have to pulled straight up and not caught in rivers but since they were already dead I can see how he could grab them.

      How do you walk to sunray kelly’s house from the Hoh without crossing Puget Sound or walking all the way around the South End by Olympia?

      Sorry but IMO when you attempt to tell a story, any story, and interject falsehoods it deserves to be ridiculed because the only way to truly work together is through honesty.

      My real name? What is more important is character so I don’t give my real name and Mick Dodge has proven himself to be a liar. If he wants to get his message across try being honest about the situations he is in as those of us who actually spend time in the woods see right through his facade.

      In closing I will say Mick you are one heckuva a comedian as I have laughed at you every episode so thank you for that

  39. just me says:

    He is too manicured to live in the woods.

    • elizabeth (Herald) says:

      I responded immediately to Mick’s reenforcement of the ‘barefoot’ practice. Ever since I was a baby I have not been able to keep shoes on my feet unless I absolutely have to … and very often not even then. When I do have shoes on, they must be soft soled. As a kid my shoes came off on the last day of school and didn’t get put back on until school started up again. Now, I will go barefoot both through the woods and through the corporate halls, dancing, hiking, meetings, where ever. My feet simply will not have it any other way and I know, with out any doubt, that this personal practice has made me smarter.
      As I see it, I am very thrilled to see a show on television that is fun wholesome while giving us the message that we ALL have a severe case of what I call Earth Amnesia. We must reconnect and remember our source connections if we as a species are going to continue to thrive within the body of Mama Gaia ~ as we have for the last 20,000 years (just an eye blink in Earth time BTW). Kudos, to Nat Geo for taking a chance on a unproven template and unknown character to at lease attempt to get the message to the generally sleep walking public. This has NOTHING to do with your age, politics or cultural orientation, If you are here on this thread, then your body is call you to connect and deepen the conversation.
      We ALL have forgotten the most basic truths and relationships of our existence as a species … our undeniable, unescapable connection to our Source, (In Jacquie’s words – the Earth, the Air and the Water we all share). As a culture, we have an assumption of dominance that is just wrong. We have forgotten that NO ONE here on this thread (or anywhere else on the planet) would be having this conversation without the deep true reality that we are OF the Earth and Water, not upon her, not separate from her, WE ARE OF HER BODY. Not one us would have the supreme pleasure and freedom to criticize or praise the minute details of whether Mick wears shoes all of the time or just some of time; eats mealy worms or grubs or pizza if we had no WATER.
      These core primal forces are not materials to exploit, they are our very bones and blood … just as it is for the rest of Life on this beautiful planet. I believe that we MUST begin living as if this is so. 75% of the Earth’s resources (defined by me as: our Earth body that we as the human expression of the Earth Body have deemed useful to separate ourselves as more important that the rest of the Earth Body) have been extracted in the last 50 years. How insane is this societal madness to even imagine that this pattern can continue. Are we just going to sit and let the collapse happen around us? Or are we going to make some changes within our own patterns of behavior? The choice to connect deeper to our primal source body IS ours to make. This is what Mick is saying.
      So, I have a challenge for us all ~ why don’t we use our precious creative energy on this thread to begin discussing the topics that the show brings up and how we are each deepening our own connections to our primal self rather that spitting at each other. How are YOU each building resilient communities, weaning yourself off the grid, finding useful alternatives uses of the Earth Body that brings us closer to each other instead of profiting each other, and most importantly how are YOU awakening the ONE WATER within your own cells. Let’s pick up the challenge that Mick is offering to the world and contribute to finding solutions.

      What about you all? Do you have a relationship to the Earth between your toes?
      Do you encourage and celebrate your children going barefoot?

      Keep shining!

  40. Dan says:

    completely agree. while the man himself is fun to watch, knowing that it’s all directed by the producers of Nat Geo is laughable. there’s so many incorrect scenes of his daily life where editing should win an award for “worst editing” anyone understanding imple survival, and just walking through the lay of the land can see that. Nat Geo TVhas reduced itself to a third rate cable show.

  41. Cindy says:

    You wouldnt know the truth about Mick if it bit you in the ass. And who the hell are you to ‘feel he is quite stocky for a 62 yr old man living off the land.’ Dont you listen? Dont you read? Dont you do your research before you post such complete horse shit?
    When asked what Mick survives on, he says ‘bugs and pizza’. Now WTF!? You really think he’s got himself a pizza oven out there in the Hoh? Common sense says that every once in awhile he goes somewhere for regular food.
    When writing his own bio he says he’s been stepping in and OUT of wild and TAME. Hello!? No where does it say Mick stays in the forest 365. He has a few cabins of his own and plenty of friends he stays with when need be. He’s also the first to tell you that covering your feet is important and Ive seen him many times with sandals or boots on. I dont care if he goes barefoot 1 day a year, I dare you finger-wagers to run the forest just once!…the way he does. You cant do it so how can you bitch about someone else doing it?
    You built up a whole load of crap just to tear it down. What was your point? Ever hear ‘if you cant say something nice dont say anything at all’? I just think its crap that you’ve anointed yourself as the ‘truth’ police’, as if you know the truth first hand.
    Dont you have anything better to do? Here’s an idea…go take a hike!

    • Mark I says:

      cmon, you have to admit they portrayed the show to look like he lives in the forest 24/7 365 days a year. example…the episode where he goes into town to grab supplies for the winter, he goes in at night because he says he doesn’t want to see anyone and he acts like he doesn’t go into town regularly. the last episode I just watched shows him hunkering down under a tree where he says he’ll spend the winter, he was even picking mushrooms to supposedly supply his food source for the whole winter. You can’t tell me that they weren’t trying to make it look like it.

  42. elizabeth (Herald) says:

    Greetings Douglas!

    What a incredible update you gave to this blog in order to bring the story about the ‘truth’ of Mick Dodge (and all of us) to a more authentic connection to the BIGGER TRUTH! I am impressed by your willingness to express your growth, listen deeply and open yourself. For isn’t that really what LIFE is all about and we are all doing it in every second. This is was observing nature provides to us. Thank you so much.

  43. Mark I says:

    I feel stupid, i’ve been watching this show the whole time believing it was completely real. It was so believable. I’m not watching this show anymore!

    • if you want to know the truth – take off your shoes, follow your naked feet into nature-made reality where you touch the earth and the earth touches back and you will learn the truth. truth #1 – pay attention

  44. Brian Lee says:

    His smile is awesome, comes straight from the soul.

  45. Harry says:

    I believe most of the shows like this one
    are designed to be so moronic that you will eventually upgrade to a better cable package!

  46. Harry says:

    All he needs is a tin pot on his head for a cap! (Johnny Appleseed).

  47. salad dinmin says:

    I tend to poo too.

  48. Mandy says:

    Actually, I honestly don’t think that are portraying him in a negative light at all. You say he is shown as more of a freak show than a kind hearted and soft spoken man but I disagree. Kind hearted and soft spoken is exactly what I see in him. A man who loves nature and wants to protect it and yearns for others to appreciate and connect to nature also.

    You also say that it portrays outdoor enthusiasts as “cut off from society” – well so what if some are? Is that necessarily a bad thing?? That’s exactly the kind of attitude that Mick talks about in the show….that people look at him different because he doesn’t “conform” to the image of society…..that should be okay!

    It is also exactly what I get from the show – that we need to experience nature and connect with it once again! How do you NOT get that? There is always someone that has to point out the bad in everything, find something wrong in everything. I was talking with my husband about the show and how we as children growing up did more playing outside until after dark…..the outdoors was our playground. Nowadays it’s computers, TV and handheld games and phones. We didn’t have that and those are the memories that I remember fondly. So for me, I think I got a good message from the show – believe that?!?!

  49. Mandy says:

    Hallelujah!

  50. heather says:

    Dude, whatever. It’s still some funny sh$$.

  51. Billy JackIron says:

    I think Exotic Hikes went wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy too easy on Mick. Trying to backtrack out of how Nat Geo portrays him and the bs they show is damage control as far as I’m concerned. Lets see some examples, oh here they are, passing meal worms off as maggots, using store bought blueberries and smashing them with your dirty feet (looks delicious) “catching” dead crabs and the kicker- “walking” to sunray kelly’s house. I would love to go with Mick on that walk from the Hoh since I actually know where sunray kelly lives and it is nowhere near the Hoh. If Nat Geo wanted to do a show about Mick that is cool and I don’t have a problem with it but………..HOW the show is portrayed and what they sold it as is a fraud and I guess Mick decided to sell out his own integrity which I imagine he has little to begin with. 25 years in the wilderness and the only thing I’ve seen him identify is a mushroom……pathetic. I don’t live in a cubicle and I have spent a great deal of time in that exact area. Read about the Iron Man of the Hoh if you want to see a man to emulate. Mick’s story to me is lost because once I catch a person in multiple lies the rest of what they have to say doesn’t hold water. Why oh why is it so hard to just tell the truth anymore?

    • ExoticHikes says:

      Billy,
      While the staged events were rough to watch, seeing them is what made me start to research Mick as a man, and not just as the TV show. I also live here and work in the National Park, so like you I am passionate about the area.

      Like any reality show, events are staged, and for those of us who live here, it was hard to watch. That being said, upon talking to Earth Gym, the group that Mick is apart of, I started to get the entire story of Mick and what he really does, not just what the show claims he does. Most of us can agree that Natgeo can do a much better job, but Mick is in a unique opportunity to entice viewers from around the country to explore their own backyards and to reconnect with nature.

      If you are serious about getting the truth, contact Earthgym, as I did. They can answer some of the questions you may have.

  52. elizabeth (Herald) says:

    Mandy makes a very important point that I would like to support: and that is regarding the extend to which our society as a whole has disconnected not only ourselves, but more importantly our children from experiencing the beauty, power, and magic of our source – the natural world. We have lost our relationship to the Earth and are suffering severely from this disconnect … even if we do not see readily the effects. This is at the heart of Mick’s message, as told through his obvious love story with the Hoh River.

    There are a few other point of distinction that I believe are important for this conversation to be constructive:

    ~ To be able to understand the difference between Mick the man and the portrayal of Mick the character on the show as told by the Nat Geo editors back in the corporate offices:
    It is highly unlikely that Mick had ANY editorial control of the final edit of the shows, especially for the content of a new show. The control of how the story was told once the shooting was done left his sphere as soon as the shooting was done. As an editor, I can inform you that there are a million different ways a story could be told. To blame Mick for the perceived falsehoods in the show is not really fair at all. Really, we, the collective audience carry the largest responsibility for this state of television. What we DO watch informs what we WILL watch (if you are watching at all) ALL television executives pay attention to what show ‘hit’ and then try to replicate this success. If we support crap, we get crap.

    ~ What Mick DID or DID NOT have control of:
    What Mick did have control of was how he ‘acted’ for the cameras and what he did or did not agree to, in terms of telling the basic storyline for each episode. He had control of the degree at which he opened his world to the Nat Geo crew, in terms of his friends, how he moves through the Hoh, his personal practices, etc. Clearly, Mick is a man with a passion for the natural world and a dedicated mission to lead people to reconnecting with their own relationship with our source – Mother Earth. It is also clear that he enjoys humor and uses humor as a way to make a point. He is poking fun at the cameramen and the whole premise. This series was a one in a million opportunity to be able to tell his very important ‘Nature Story’, as best he could given the circumstances within his control. The level of awareness, integrity and understanding of the Nat Geo producers, cameramen, editors or program executives and how this relates to the final show WAS NOT in his control. So he just had to hope that he did his job well enough for them to ‘get it’ enough to translate the ‘true’ story into the final edit.

    - Reality shows are NOT reality. They are contrived and build for the entertainment value. They are cheaper to produce by using non-actors and more natural situations, but they are NOT reality.
    I completely agree with Billy Jack that the level of honesty in television is a sorry situation, but there has NEVER been truth in television … by design is it an illusion. It always has been and even if it is being portrayed and sold as reality, it exists because we accept these shows. It is very challenging to tell a complete story in 20 minutes. Even if, in the context of the episode it is unbelievable that Mick walked from the Hoh to SunRay’s house in an afternoon (given the ‘reality’ of the distance, etc.), what I DO believe is that Mick’s has made that walk several times in his lifetime and was telling us a ‘story’ about this potential reality. I do believe that Mick HAS caught crab at the mouth of the Hoh, even if the constraints of filming this scene for television required that they had to buy crab and set up the scenario. I do believe that Mick has an intimate relationship to the Hoh River and has lived there for extended periods of time.

    It is my hope that maybe, just maybe this conversation here will help let the higher ups at Nat Geo know that their audience is smarter than we look. However, I would suggest that this will have a much greater chance of happening if we, the audience watching and discussing the show, are in fact able to deepen our own conversations, in order to move beyond the illusion of the story and onto the pressing issues that Mick is hoping will get pass the ‘entertainment’ shim sham. I believe that even this thread contains the opportunity to create a greater authenticity … if we are willing to be really honest ourselves.

  53. MickAppreciator says:

    After watching all the episodes of the show, I had figured out most of the things covered in this article as far as Mick having a life outside of what the show covered and of course we all know ‘reality’ shows have to be entertaining and so that drives some of the subject matter and show content.

    I disagree with the authors final comments about how the show portrays Mick. I think it makes people aware and interested in the type of things Mick believes in and a lifestyle closer to the earth. The show in no way lessens my appreciation for Mick.

    I applaud NGC for bringing Mick to my attention and expanding my interest in Mick’s lifestyle and beliefs….

  54. rick says:

    like Zoos across the country, a few have to sacrifice for the sake of the masses.

  55. Llyn Roberts says:

    I am that “lady friend” of Mick Dodge’s who lived for two years with him in the Hoh Rain Forest. That inspired my latest book, co-authored with well-known shamanic teacher, Sandra Ingerman (IT TBA). My portion of the book is based on the amazing nature beings of the Hoh Valley.
    Some of the facts presented here are true, others are not. I find the best parts of life are left to mystery!
    Next time you watch Mick on television, please look very closely at the mystery of nature – the nature beings in that series, as Nat geo’s photographers capture it so well.
    Why would a wild man would venture onto television? To share with all the true legend – the wild beauty of the Earth. This is what we long for and seek through such shows. And, the wildness of us.
    Yoish!
    http://www.olympicmountainearthwisdomcircle.org

    • Kathi Preston says:

      thank you, I posted a comment saying that people (the viewers) need to use their imagination. As it may be scripted, what happened to our power of imagination. I think its beautifully filmed and that it gives us a look into a mans life that respects the earth, we all dont have to be Mick but we can all do our part to respect the earth. i love the show and think that its a wonderful look into someones love for nature. No one can truly escape the realities of modern life and I think he portrays a positive influence and that we should all take something positive from his adventures. love it and hope it is with us to enjoy for many years to come, bravo Mick ! I bet your book is a fantastic read and will be looking for a copy!

  56. codered says:

    All of this is common sense from watching the show. If any of this was new to any one, then you are pretty gullible.

  57. Virgil Gentry says:

    Ok so what about his friends on the show…how authentic are? The moss hopper guy and the artist dude and the mountain man?? Are they the real deal?

  58. David N says:

    If NatGeo didn’t worry about ratings,as you say you wish they would,they would no longer be on the air at all!
    Then how could they promote Nature?
    I have two young boys who absolutely LOVE Mick and have no idea that any of it is scripted.
    Would you prefer I tell them and break their hearts,or let them enjoy it and learn more and more about the area you say you love so much……..and nature in general?

  59. David N says:

    I think it’s ironic that the author of this article wants more and more people to be interested in the area yet is chasing people away from this show in droves.
    Way to go Exotic hiker……..you’ve succeeded in getting people to turn off NatGeo altogether.
    I prefer to not tell my kids that some of this is scripted…..I’d rather they watch Mick than Spongebob!

  60. Skeptic says:

    My problem with the show is that it is fiction masquerading as a Nat Geo documentary. In the intro, they say he left society to live in the woods 25 years ago – fake. I’ve only seen 1 1/2 episodes, and they showed him hiding from some hikers in a tree trunk, while the narrator went on and on about avoiding civilization – fake. Then he was collecting mushrooms and admonished the camera man not to sit on his food while the narrator described how the mushrooms would “get him through the winter” -also fake. So, the show is fiction, why don’t they own up to it?

  61. David N says:

    They never said everything was exactly as they present.
    Does every show on television have to have a disclaimer…..or just this one?
    It’s called the “Legend” of Mick Dodge.
    It seems many are looking for reasons to criticize the show…….why not just not watch?

  62. chris says:

    Real or fake, this man is just part of the recent “Hillbilly” craze to hit the networks. This is typical of modern day TV. If a network strikes it big with a pawn shop show, EVERY network needs a pawn shop show. Guns? Sure, they all get a gun show. What are the rich and spoiled up to? BOOM, every station has their own rich, spoiled family….and now it’s the HUGE Hillbilly craze.

    While interesting to see how the rest of the country lives, it’s pathetic that the Producers of these shows force their now HIGHLY underpaid (if paid at all) subjects to do say and do things that they normally never do. And why would the network exec’s care about these people anyway?? The public will turn on these poor bastards…not the network. At least when all this so called reality TV started, back in the American Chopper days, the stars made some serious loot (well Paul Sr. did). Maybe it was from all the business he got from being on TV? maybe from all the O.T he never paid his workers when they rushed to build a $250,000 bike in 12 days. Now days Les Gold and his 2 retarded, spoiled kids are making the only big money….and rightfully so, right? I mean, Ashly doesn’t even work there. She just goes in on filming days to appear like she does.
    REALITY TV IS THE FURTHEST THING FROM REALITY. In fact, the original Brady Bunch was realer than the crap on TV today.

  63. Slippery Johnson says:

    I didn’t believe this show was 100% real since it’s a reality show, I do believe in Mick and love this guy. I am SO entertained watching this guy. This is one of my favorite shows and although I’m sure it’s not exactly as we see it, I believe in his passion as I have the same passion for nature and see it in his eyes. I hope this show stays on for a while, but I doubt it will be around too long since there isn’t too much you can do with it. I will watch it as long as it is on though. Keep it up Mick, we love your zest for life!

  64. Al Thound says:

    Do you think Finding Bigfoot will go to the Hoh and ask Mick Dodge to show them around, and then go to Derek Randles at the Olympic Project and ask him how his work is going? I can’t recall if Mick Dodge places game trail cameras in various places.

  65. Carolyn says:

    Lively discussion! It’s great to hear so many passionate voices from all over.

    If you want to learn more about Mick’s philosophy and practices, there are videos and other info on his website http://www.theEarthgym.com

    You’ll find that Mick wants people to step out into the Earthgym – wherever we are – and develop a personal practice with the Land. He has dedicated his life to training with the Earth and inspiring others to find out for themselves what the Earth can teach. Grip and Grin! http://www.theEarthgym.com

  66. Elusian says:

    Each show has it’s pros and cons. Whether or not the show is fake, it teaches one to respect, and be one with nature. There is no need to pass judgement without proof, and until one sees Mick Dodge shopping in their local store, or dinning in their local restaurant, then there really isn’t anything to prove.

  67. Roy says:

    Can anyone verify that Mick is a Vietnam veteran? Ive read a few online articles mentioning he”s been to Vietnam and in one of the shows where Mick tries to scare of poachers he mentions that he’s been in fire fights before.

  68. Jerry Leto says:

    Hey Folks,

    Lighten up! This is TV Show after all(it plays like a cross between “Jeremiah Johnson” and “The Dukes of Hazzard”…..)!! Mick Dodge is a most colorful and interesting character, and as such is like “candy” to the TV camera. But make no mistake, Mick has an earnestness and love for nature and the wilderness that even the most jaded viewer should be able to see. Granted, National Geographic really does go for the “big wad of sweaty money” in pandering to the commercialism of television, but it does raise awareness to the masses of the beauty and necessity of all things wild and wonderful out there that should forever stay this way …………………….

  69. jon deere says:

    national geographic used to have quality television.

    this is trash at it’s finest.

    enjoy.

    not.

    • Terry says:

      Although National Geographic does have some unimpressive shows I believe Mick Dodge to be pretty authentic! What do you want him to do? Live just on wild weeds and the occasional scoop of honey from a hive? Get real buddy!

  70. BeHonest says:

    Fraud. Remember those two local youngsters (probably in their teens) at the beginning of the series? “My grandfather used to tell me stories about him.” Well, if Mr. Dodge was in the wilderness for 25 years then maybe, just maybe, wouldn’t it have been your parents who told you about him? The time gap isn’t that expansive. All I needed to see to make me feel the show was going to be garbage.
    Next time, for anyone planning a show like this, don’t bs the public by making a person appear to live only in the wilds of an area. Show how the person really lives their life. May be more interesting than you think.
    Mick Dodge is still the man, though. Anyone who loves nature that much is.

  71. Terry says:

    For a TV show that at least talks about the environment and shows a guy living in it at least some of the time and who obviously relishes his experiences, I will cut some slack. Yeah, it’s TV and you’re going to et some crap along with the good stuff. Just sort it out yourself and quit whining; life is never perfect but it’s still dam better than the alternative!

  72. B.Huetzelmann says:

    Whatever…I love the show & Mr.Dodge!

  73. Richard says:

    Mick is interesting,but a lot of it seems staged.His friend camera shy Moss Hopper-he sounds like a extra from Rambo.Micks alter ego-BareFoot-creeping around like that at campsites wearing furs and a mask will get him shot.Overall,the show is a little too hard to swallow,but my 7 yr old nephew loves it.

  74. Kevin says:

    I have a real problem with the amount of judgement people have expressed here especially the authors of this blog. This man goes against everyday domestic life. The man is 62 and goes it alone in the woods ( sometimes ) .. I would like to see some of you do the same and see if your not a tad eccentric . Sorry people it’s freaking TV!!! If you don’t like it ,don’t watch it. Part of his message and or reason for his seclusion is to get away from the critical judgment from people that can’t except our lands for there natural beauty . Good luck with your criticism and judgment of others.
    P.S. you do yourselves the most disservice with your updates in your blog. Total contradiction ..

  75. Richard says:

    I think Micks bow expert friend is the only forest dweller who uses ” Just For Men”-did you see that beard? He shouldn’t be on camera.Seeing such vanity on a ” Forest Dweller” kinda fuels the fire for all that speak ill of the shows ” reality”

  76. Ken says:

    I agree with your sentiment about Nat Geo, however public education and entertainment is a very emperfect process. By watching TV shows like “The Legend of Mike Dodge” and commenting directly to Nat Geo on what we like and don’t like about it we can influence what is available to others. Some people have precocieved ideas about what they read and watch and are only capable of learning a limited amount.
    My family occasionally hosted Nat Geo writers as they traveled thru the Amazon Rain Forest where we lived (1960-70s) one even put a photo of our family in the magazine. My parents had a few criticisms of the Nat Geo organization but over all they viewed them as doing far more good than harm. Their journalists where always welcome and lots of fun at the dinning table, my Father helped them buy supplies, shared contacts in remote areas etc, my Dad knew people everywhere and was a master of the rainforest similar to Mr. Dodge.
    I am happy there are organizations like yours that are educating the public about nature and how to interact responsibly and safely with it. Hopefully Nat Geo has learned a lot and will improve its methods and the quality of its shows. See you on the trail or not. I may be high in the canopy with a a multi-camo net below my multi-camo hammock, very dark and silent.

    • ExoticHikes says:

      Thank you for your comment!
      I can only imagine the amazing experiences you have had! Living in the Amazon would be amazing!
      I really am pleased with the progression of the show and from what I hear, next season will be even better. Our goal has always been to get people outside and to explore their surroundings, so we love Mick. We will be hoping with you that NatGeo will continue to improve and educate the masses.
      I always look up when I hike, so maybe I will catch a glimpse of you on one of my journeys.
      Best wishes and stay safe and active!

  77. Elizabeth Clifford says:

    Whoever wrote this doesn’t understand the complete picture of what those of us who watch it see. Everyone feels a little different and quirky, and when someone seems a little more so it just makes most of us feel that maybe there are people out there like me. Mick’s character is wacky but lovable. I am glad to hear he stays with that lady friend more than is mentioned on the show.(It WAS mentioned)I do think that it would do more good for his cause to let us who watch know about it. I totally agree with its core values and would love to be involved. I am now off to look up more information about it, and to think I would have never known if it wasn’t for National Geographic showing “The Legend of Mick Dodge” I would have never even heard of it. Thanks Mick!!

    • Ken says:

      A basic rule of Science is that by simply observing “it” you change it. Thus the more Mick Dodge allows any attention to be placed on his city and/or house dwelling friends, the more they will need to modify their behaviors and lifestyles due to the curiosity of the public. I would hope that a TV Personality like Mr. Dodge would be seen by mentally healthy people as an inspiration and not an object of unhealthy obsession. Just my personal opinions, i personally know what it is like to be followed around and stared at by primitive indigenous people and nurds from suburbia in the USA as well, NOT FUN! I assume Mr. Dodge allowed NatGeo to film so that the mentally healthy people in N.A. could learn more about and value the natural world and preserve it, despite the personal scarify he has made for this. I apologize if this sounds condescending, knowledge and an open mind go a long way.

  78. Valerie Cullins says:

    i happen to enjoy Mick Dodge alot. I want to see alot more of it. there is so many other shows on TV that really do suck this is not, I repeat , NOT one of them.

  79. Christina Pierce says:

    I for one loved the show and enjoyed watching Mick and hope he does another season. Im sad to hear they script him so much but figured they proably did. But I would much rather watch him then anything else on Tv. He is so real and the lessons he teaches are still all him. Mick you gained fans in Illinois!

  80. Jim Taylor says:

    FTR, not one second of the series was filmed in the rain forest inside Olympic National Park. In other words, the viewer didn’t glimpse unlogged rainforest. I’m guessing the producers either didn’t want to pay the national park fee or ONP denied filming rights. Many of the Hoh shots were taken on Hoh Trust lands. Other parts were filmed along the Soleduck River (where his friend who made stuff for him lives).

  81. Kathi Preston says:

    I rather enjoy Mick Dodge and his antics, although it may be a scripted tv show he shines and you can see his love of nature and all of its beauty. I applaud him for appreciating the little things and going back to a natural and clean lifestyle. Viewers need to use their imagination and stop being so critical of what they decide is viewer worthy. I live and work in real society but still forage for wild mushrooms and delicacies that the woods have to offer and harvest fish and wild meat to feed my family. fortunatley I have the option to do so as an aboriginal person. It is tough to block out all of the technologies that life has to offer and it feels good to get back to nature. Grow a garden, respect the environment, walk barefoot, we can all embrace nature in one way or another on a level acceptable to our current lifestyles. Mick Dodge is doing great things and I wish him the best of luck and hope that people take something positive away from his show, he is truly an inspiration. bravo Natgeo for giving us a glimpse into his life!

  82. Tommy says:

    I really enjoy the show. Mick Dodge is a unique character, refreshing to see someone share their passions with other people in an entertaining way. He does teach some lessons and still has a long walk left in life, I hope to watch him for many seasons to come.

  83. Nicole says:

    I think his show is interesting and at least I can watch,it without hearing 100 beeps of profanity. Like Mick said no tv show it completely for real. I really likee the show and Ido not think Mick is a goofball at al I agree his personality shines through and he seems like he would be a great guy.

  84. Laura says:

    I think this was an awesome article. Always question everything, especially T.V. reality shows. I think Mick is great. I too love not wearing shoes. A really neat thing to do and something I believe in is, if ur a gardener wear bare feet into ur garden, the needs of ur body goes into the ground and tells the plant what ur body needs : ) I learned this from Anastasia. The Ringing Cedars series.

    • ExoticHikes says:

      Thanks. I don’t quite get why we caught so much flack for it, but we enjoy knowing that Mick is inspiring people all over! Next time I garden I will have to try that and see if it helps!
      Thanks for commenting and keep stopping by, we have more awesome content!

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  86. Roy says:

    So nobody can verify if this poser is a combat vet or not? I say he’s full of coprolite and enjoying hoodwinking everyone.

  87. Nate Burkhart says:

    Mick is my role model i want to be like him say what you say but my opinion isn’t changing about him

  88. John says:

    Seriously dude, suck Mick’s ass a little bit more. I like his show but you literally got down and just brown nosed the entire time.

  89. Deborah Holden says:

    I watch the show often realizing it is not all actuality. What Mick Dodge does is make us aware of how we, as human beings are ruining our environment. Though his show we are learning about deforestation, and our delicate eco system, and to preserve nature in its finite form. It is an entertaining show, informative, and we get to see the beauty of nature at its best. I enjoy the entertainment and the education the show provides.

  90. gabe says:

    How does the foreset service feel about this? When I try to live off the land they kick me out after 14 days. I always wondered how these guys get away with how they live. Maybe I am missing something?? Please enlighten me. BTW- I really enjoy the show. no negativity here, just curiosity.

  91. klepp0906 says:

    why isn’t he “paid much?”

    He should be paid just like every single other person on tv. What he does with it is not my concern. But if the goddamn situation is going to drive around in a car that I’ll never see after breaking my back for the next 30 years over what he’s contributed, how do they justify stiffing mick and company?

  92. Pleasestop says:

    This has to be one of the worst articles I have ever read. You put so much effort into making him look bad only to UPDATE* sorry, I actually just made all of that up and then found out the facts. This is pathetic. Never once in the show do they make him look like a circus act. They constantly show what he’s passionate about and why. Everybody that is watching it knows it’s a TV show. If you actually took it as 100% truth you should go live in the rain forest by yourself. I feel bad for the people you interact with on a daily basis. Please stop writing.

  93. Tom says:

    Someone getting Mick some soap, toothpaste, or a toothbrush?

  94. Barry Davis says:

    Of course everything on tv is staged, however Mick Dodge has a passion for life and sets a great example of how people should enjoy life and protect our planet.

  95. marg hatch says:

    I love Mick Dodge and look for the showings …. I want to see more shows…

  96. Not a Hippie says:

    This article and the NatGeo show are both misleading and idiotic.

  97. richard mckinley says:

    I saw an episode of Survivor man, where he hiked with a so called expert on Bigfoot north of Mick’s stomping grounds.
    Has Mick encountered a Bigfoot?
    Why doesn’t Nat’l Geo. team up with Mick, Les Stroud and others who appear to be experts on Bigfoot to conduct an independent study and search for the elusive Bigfoot, without giving out the location of their efforts.
    The ratings would be high and the whole search could last a season with some definitive documentation as the reality of Bigfoot being real or just a figment of our imagination.
    I truly believe Nat’l Geo. would not undertake such an adventure as it would, after a true answer was rendered, rid the airways of the quasi shows about Bigfoot, thus ending a perpetual income stream from advertisers.

  98. Stephen Millard says:

    As an actual 70-year old madman from the woods myself, a few words pro and con:

    Pro: Mick’s program will have some good long term effects in showing the young’uns that it can be fun to walk barefoot in the cutover Washington forests, except for the cut feet and all….a return to nature has always been possible and is always an option for the adventurous person. The imitation of older ways of surviving is useful and liberating: just witness the thousands of travelers traipsing around the country, the veritable knapsack revolution that Kerouac envisioned. Finding meaning in the deep immersion of the wild is at the basis of a new paradigm for so-called civilization and deserves whatever brief but poignant display it can get on the boob tube…..that said…

    Con: Mick is being flagrantly USED to sell air time and automobiles…..the juxtaposition of car ads in his program is a measure of how cynical and scheming the corporate masters really are. Mick should demand that advertising for his show be of a sort which does not make a mockery of what he is attempting to teach. If any of his ideas are worth a thing, the maxim about small being beautiful must be adhered to for more than 8 minutes! In fact very few corporate advertisements on the tube could be utilized if any honesty were inherent in the Nat Geo program.

    Also, it is painfully obvious that the producers of this series have decided to constantly utilize silly improbable situations suitable for teenage viewers, but woefully absurd for thinking folks. A truly useful and educational, documental approach would win over those not immobilized by weed and booze, and go a ways to rescue a tad of the old time Nat Geo reputation which they had during the 70s and 80s…..Alas it is unlikely that any of these sentiments will be heard but if they are, I would be glad to continue at length with representatives of the program any time, at length. 707-223-1317

  99. Dan Benscoter says:

    I for one and Family love the Great Outdoors. Nature, in its beginning, was formed by Our Creator, Maker of Heaven and Earth. And we must all try and preserve the natural elements of Nature. I respect and admire Mick Dodge and ALL people like him. He is showing all of us what Nature has to offer to the Human Race by living and watching Nature as it grows. And grow it must! If more people would pay closer attention to Mick Dodge and his Philosophy of Nature; Nature would have a better chance for “Survival”.

  100. Sammy says:

    I really enjoy the show, and these days you have to be skeptical of all “reality” shows along with the food labels in your grocery store. Mick is only human, so of course he’s not going to strictly live out in the woods. I’d imagine that would drive a person insane, having nearly no contact with people. Today’s world tells a tall tale whether it’s some show on TV, the box of cereal that claims to be healthy, or the politician wanting you to vote for him/her. The world is obsessed with trying to sell us something, and there’s not much we can do expect not spend it all in one place.

  101. Bob says:

    It’s a very entertaining show that features the beauty of the Hoh rainforest and an array of interesting and the charming people who call the area home.

    Unlike so many people featured in the many “survival” based reality shows out there, Mick has a great sense of humor and doesn’t take himself too seriously. Its no Survivorman, the gold standard of authentic and genuine wilderness survival shows, but its still a show that I enjoyed and hope they make a second season.

    I find the rest of NatGeo’s programming unwatchable.

  102. pierky says:

    http://www.olympicmountainearthwisdomcircle.org/

    This is the right link, you posted one that leads to nowhere :)

    It is all about love

  103. Debra Furphy says:

    I Find It Sad That NatGeo Feels The Need To Sensualize All Most To The Point of Mocking Mr. Dodge in His Efforts to Teach People To Get Back and Give Back To the Land!!!!!

    I Enjoy Watching The Show for Seeing Thru NatGeo and Seeing Mr. Dodge’s Character, Meaning His Personality and Inevitable Twinkle of The Eye!

    I Whole-Heartedly Agree w/This Post About The Shows On NatGeo! It Seems To Be An All Out Effort On Their Part To Make These Shows “Over The Top”. When Truly, If They Just Let Nature and The People On The Various Shows Be; They Would Be So Much Better For It!!

    Not The National Geo I Grew Up w/As A Kid! Seems The Channel Is a “Sell Out”!

    Sad Commentary On What Could Be Great Just For Ratings!!!

  104. Betty Westmoreland says:

    I love the show! I totally get it that it is ‘television’ and therefore staged. The entire time you put Mick Dodge down, you try to say that you’re not putting him down. You were putting him down. And by the way, it’s case IN point, not case and point!

    Watch NatGeo Wild, maybe, if the regular NatGeo is too scripted for you. Or go read National Geographic! Leave ol’ Mick alone! I like the guy!

    I have visited the Hoh and Quinault Rainforests and found them to be exquisitely beautiful. I hope Walgreens never show up…or Walmart or Costco. Egad! It would be SO over up there in the GPNW.

  105. Hereditary Chief Kahkakew Yawassanay says:

    Exactly..this wannabe indian is a farce

  106. Roger Burridge says:

    That bit about pretending to be a Sasquatch (sic?) n freaking out those campers, come on…he.d a been shot at….who does his hair? it always looks good, hardly the hair of a full on wild man…yet he is charming in a very fake way

  107. Donnie Meredith says:

    While I do not claim to be in any way shape or form in the same class as Mr Dodge, I am an outdoorsman and a true nature lover. I was born and raised in rural Kentucky. I try to tech the lessons I learned as a child about how to know what is what in the woods and respect what God has given us. I watch the show mostly for good clean entertainment but also watch closely for things I can learn. I don’t think the show puts Mr Dodge in an unflattering light, but if the person watching has a different mind set it could be misconstrued, but then again that can be said of anything, “the eye of the beholder.”
    ” Take only what you need, and leave nothing but your footprints.”

  108. Scott says:

    Thanks for this clarification. Natgeo is a total letd own. Especially their glorification of the nations drug problemon Drugs Inc. As a former Marine and Persian Gulf War veteran, I have traveled to many beautiful lands often times taking time to explore areas off on my own. You can not script things like this.

  109. Austin says:

    I love the show. I love Mick.
    But…
    I was a bit disappointed to learn the show is scripted. I figured it was after a few shows but I convinced myself otherwise.
    Is there going to be a new season of the show? I have not seen a new one since the episode where he shelters for winter.

  110. Steve90277 says:

    Good for Mick , good you and good for me. You can look around and find negativity anywhere or you could “choose” the positive side. He advocates nature self awareness following your own path . Nothing wrong with that. Something very wrong with all the 1 man/woman judge and jury! Please people choose to be happy ! I really liked the 10 min piece on the bow, he was robbed but took from it a visit to a couple friends and a new bow . RIGHT ON ! Ps anyone know how to get in touch with the leather craftsman who made the buck skin pants , excellent craftsmanship

  111. Johnf294 says:

    Only wanna tell that this is very useful , Thanks for taking your time to write this. baebfegeabed

  112. Bill Reines says:

    Who cares. 100% real or 100% fake, articles like this are not necessary. It’s good tv, it sells, and it shows an amazing man doing amazing things. Just like the whole Bear Grylls thing.. Just leave it. He’s still teaching valuable lessons, and he still has 20x guts than anyone complaining about it does.

  113. carol monares says:

    He is a hippie and so are his friends…Whats the big deal,people forgot about woodstock 69,and the summer of love…Now all Mike’s age,most still live on communes or iff the land and most know how to heal off mother nature…I like his show though…and if he can enlighten people,then it’s even bettet…

  114. Penny says:

    I can’t understand why people don’t just let it be. He is doing no harm to anyone or lying to anyone and only showing people what he does to make life better for him self and if you choose to take his advise then do so. If not turn off you’re T.V. Nobody is making you watch it.

  115. chuck says:

    I like the show and everybody that has watched it wishes they had the balls 2 do what he does. The people in this world today are numb from the neck up and adding all the bells whistle to the show is the only way you can get these people to learn anything. If your just going to nip pick the show and not get the message they are trying to show you then get a rope and climb a tree if your fat ass can and hang yourself it would probably do the world some good.

    • ExoticHikes says:

      We encourage you to take some time and read more than one of our blogs. That way, you would better understand that we are encouraging people to actually explore nature instead of view it on TV.

  116. Robert Dier says:

    “He takes on poachers of wood, poachers of animals and people who disrespect the land he has live in and loved for his whole life.”

    I was born and raised on the Peninsula, and I HATE PACHERS!!!!!

    Mick is alright in my book…

  117. dablueslover says:

    I have to agree with 98%, of the previous post. Orginally from the Pacific N.W., employed 20+ years in film & video production, & a lover of the outdoors as much as Mr. Dodge. I am truly saddened by NatGeo’s portrayal of the character & some of the absurd situations they script/direct him to do. I have spent literally many 100′s if not 1000′s of hours in the rain forrests from Northern WA. to Redwoods National forrest, & most in between. Including Mt. St. Helen’s, Mt. Hood, The Blues Mtn’s(eastern OR) Mt. Shasta & The Sequoia National Forrest, searching for the unexplained things I have experienced over the years. That cannot be explained with any logic, or physics. I have been drawn to the show, to determine if it is just another tragic insult, or over scripted/directed misrepresentation. I am still on the fence, but have the utmost respect for Mr. Dodge, inspite of NatGeo’s producers, directors, ect. He has a much more tolerant demeanor, to put up with some of the demands/requests, that I, as a producer/director would never allow, or expect!

    • Hi Dablueslover

      Thank you for understanding the balance between Mick’s reality and Corporate reality. I am interested in discussing your reality and feedback further. Where can I find you regarding your production work?

  118. M says:

    The dumbing down of society continues. As does does movements full of self-serving, agenda driven, ideological bullshit. National Geographic used to be educational, interesting, and had high standards–they taught about, and showed the wild and its creatures–and no, it was not boring. True educational TV based on well researched evidence and facts is not boring. Today’s “NatGeo” is based on the assumption that unless something is dumbed-down, and contrived, you won’t be interested in it because mongo think it not funny or fun to watch. Learning make mongo head hurt. Is that what you’re defending people? NatGeo for today’s brain-dead generation is pure garbage; they really sold out for the dough, and people not only eat it up, they defend it. Amazing.

    Smh.

    Bottom line: They didn’t have to depict Dodge and the rainforest that way, and straight up lie from beginning to end to in order to make it interesting, and Mick Dodge didn’t have to go along with it. They could have depicted the truth and it would have still been interesting, and Mr. Dodge could have maintained whatever level of integrity he may have had.

    Meanwhile, as I peruse those affiliated websites posted, I saw what I expected to see: all white faces, mostly white females, pitching a lot of woo-woo to make lots of “non-profit” money in their little niches…

    “Shamanic Reiki Healer,” Lmfao. Give me a break.

    What do the real natives feel about all this shit? What do they have to say about their history, the rainforest, and their way of life, from their own mouths and minds, what organizations and movements are they heading? That’s a story I’d much rather hear, but of course you won’t see it on NatGeo, will you?

    The truth. Stick that in your barefoot earth cafe reiki shaman bullshit and drink it.

  119. Cory says:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BMk8dS0cHE

    ^Above is a video I found of him on youtube instructing people. He seems like a very intelligent and spiritual man to me. He is very in tune with his body and the earth.

    It’s rather obvious that some of the show is scripted, but I think it’s because it must appeal to a broad audience. They want to attract viewers. It’s sad things must be this way (with all the competition among television stations/media outlets ) but hopefully this show makes people at least realize the importance of nature and understanding one’s self.

  120. gary gnoo says:

    OH, C’MON
    MR. DODGE IS NOT BOTHERING A DAM SOUL ! DONT LIKE-DONT WATCH.
    JUST MIND YOUR OWN DAM P & Qs !

  121. kay says:

    This show is soooo full of lies! The m8ck guy is such a distasteful character! Won’t watch again if my life depended on it! Shut it down

  122. allen says:

    I like the show but from the get go I could tell most of it is set up.they should let it just be a show depicting the man without a script or recreating anything. I would still watch and think it would be just as good a show if they didn’t ask him to do anything out of the ordinary.

  123. Derrick says:

    It’s absolutely appalling how far these stations will go for ratings. It’s obvious to any person who has actually spent some time in the bush that NATGEO has totally sensationalized this latest project and embellished on almost everything they said about this gentlemen. Obviously fake right down to his pink little feet. The show that follows is just as bad…”Live Free or die.” National Geographic used to be such a standard. What a shame.

  124. Laurie says:

    I love the show and of course realize that it is a TV show. That being said what a wonderful message for everyone to hear. I yearn for that type of life but understand that its not a practical or truly doable thing for me. I get a real kick out of Mick and wish I could meet him and have him take my son as a student. If more men were to adopt some of Micks ideals our children would inherit a better world. I have a 22 year old son that I fear is losing his way in the world. He also loves the show and speaks often of doing something like that kid in Alaska “Into the Wilderness” . I understand that feeling, but you need some skills and knowledge to survive. Thank you Mick for sharing your world and yourself with us. We need more people in the world like you to foster what we have been given. As far as the whole Natgeo bashing get real folks IT IS TV. If it weren’t for Natgeo I would not have known such a person or organization existed. http://www.theearthgym.com/. Lots of love to you and yours. L.

    • M says:

      If you yearn for that type of life (how romantic) then don’t ever take any advice from Mick Dodge on living in a rainforest–just about everything he says and does on that show is pure bunk, and you’ll die out there imitating his behavior. Since he never abandoned civilization 25 years ago, and doesn’t really live in the rain forest, it’s no skin off his nose. Unlike owners of this website, I don’t have to tip-toe around the truth.

      • Laurie says:

        Dear M, I’m wondering if you could be more specific in your opinions that “just about everything he says and does on that show is pure bunk”, how do you know? What about you, qualifies you to make such a sweeping statement, oR are you a dissenter of anothers attempt at peace? Also thank you for your dismissive comment in regard to my yearning “If you yearn for that type of life (how romantic)”. What gives you the right? It’s pretty obvious to me that you have some issues with yourself and your own yearnings, and thats OK. I have no need to dismiss your feelings. It’s unfortunate for you, that you feel the need to tear down a stranger. I hope you have a wonderful day…. In spite of yourself. L.

        • M says:

          Living in the wild is a romantic idea, but you’d die within a week or sooner. I’m simply being a straight shooter. If you feel torn down by the truth that’s your problem. The lies on that show are too long to list, as are the idiotic things Dodge does trying to look knowledgeable.
          Examples of idiotic things:
          –Running around barefoot–nice way to get hurt, catch infections, and get parasites.
          –Brushing teeth and ears with a pine cone,lmao.
          –Spitting saliva into a concoction to be applied to an open wound.
          –Claiming to live in a tree hollow or cave for the winter in the rainforest during rain season. He’s be dead in a day.
          –The way he fished for crabs is the wrong way. He’s obviously never really had to fish for crabs.
          –Hanging upside-down as a good exercise.
          –Wrapping straps around a tree and bending back in all sorts of improper ways as an example good exercise.
          The guy just makes stuff up as he goes along.
          Examples of lies:
          –The fishing for crabs scene was a work. They were planted there.
          –He does not live in the rainforest.
          –He did not abandon civilization 25 years ago.
          –He does not spend the winter in a tree or cave. He lives in a house, wears shoes, has a cabin, and also shacks up with his girlfriend in town.
          –He does not live on plants and bugs, nor does he live on fewer than 1000 calories a day, LOL.
          –The beaver carcass with maggots scene was a total lie and a pathetic one at that. Those were mealworms, planted there for him. How stupid does NatGeo think their viewers are?
          The list goes on, and on, and on…

          Mick Dodge’s interest is to push earth gym & other programs from the orgs he’s a part of, which by the way, pitch a lot of woo-woo to tourists such as a middle-aged hippie white lady claiming to be a “shamanic reiki healer” (for a nominal fee of course) lol. Non-profits like that can be very lucrative indeed.

          As for Mick himself, I’m sure he’s a nice guy and cares about the environment, and I’m not saying he doesn’t do some good–but the orgs he’s a part of do what they do, and the show is what it is, and he uses it to get more tourists interested in their hikes, retreats, exercise classes, et al, none of which are cheap, if you catch my drift.

          Meanwhile, National Geographic, a once reputable channel, has sunk wayyyyy low with this type of reality star TV garbage.

          These are the facts. If you feel like someone is “tearing you down” bc they’re expressing logic, reason, and facts, then the problem is yours. If you can’t handle differing opinions and facts, then just put your hands over your ears and go “lalalala!!” and you’ll feel better.

          But if you ever go into the rainforest to try your hand at “natural living” do yourself a favor and ignore Mick Dodge’s dangerous examples and advice, and go with a real survivalist who knows what he’s doing. That way you won’t die out there. When you see how hard it is, and how much work you have to do, and not-so-fun it is, you can go back home, take a shower, make some hot chocolate, and thank science for modern comforts. ;)

          • Laurie says:

            Golly g whilikers! You put a lot of thought and energy in your reply.Thank you. I appreciate your attention to detail and defending your position. Did you go to law school? Seriously though I get what you are saying and I certainly have no intentions on running out to the forest and emulating Mick. All kidding aside I do enjoy the show and get a kick out of some of the things that go on. Obviously there are some things that dont add up in the real world, but I hope that we can just enjoy the scenery and the fun aspect of it from our comfy livivng rooms with our cup of cocoa at the ready. You have seen much more of the show than I have. I haven’t seen the beaver or the crab episode. The world needs people such as yourself to point out things the gen pop may not see. Thanks for being such a fan of the show and putting so much into the “debunking”. I know it may seem like I’m making fun of you but really I’m not. It’s important to have different views in a subject. As far as it being my problem in the tearing down I would say that you are probably right. It was just such an unwarranted condescending comment on your part. Yes its a romantic vision, but you dont know me, or where I’ve been or, the type of life I’ve lived. Such a personal negation of anothers feelings and thoughts tells more about you than perhaps you’re aware of. I feel your comments are meant to help or warn others and that’s not a bad thing. But gee do ya have to be so ornery about it? Are you a “naturalist” “survivalist” or “forest dweller” ? Maybe Nat Geo should contact you? I’d watch you. You seem like you would have a lot if good and valuable information to share. Thanks again for all your data. I think I love you. ; )

  125. Jeff says:

    I think Mick is probably a pretty smart guy and is making the most of NatGeo’s interest in him and his lifestyle. If you notice, HE isn’t usually the one making claims about his lifestyle, the writers are. I say good for him. If you don’t like it, don’t watch it.

    • M says:

      Except that he happily goes along with the false depiction. Plus, almost everything Mick says on the show is pure bunk. Unless you want to die out there, don’t ever take his “expert” advice.

  126. bob says:

    Recent episode shows Mick interfering with someones elk hunt, shooting a 9mm to scare the elk off. Illegal. Why hasn’t he been charged?

    • moonhair says:

      Thank you Laurie. Mick appreciates your perspective. His mission is to show of the diverse beauty of this land and inspire others to follow their feet so the earth can teach. A teacher that is there for everyone. It is a rewarding quest. If your son would like to reach out to him via The Earthgym website or facebook – he will get the message and be happy to respond.

      • Laurie says:

        Thank you so much for your reply! : ) I let my son know and he was quite affected by the possibilities. I was very touched that you took the time to respond to my post. That just shows the depth of caring that you and Mick have for others. I will continue to watch and read. Your response had an impact. Take that to your heart. L.

    • moonhair says:

      Hi Bob,
      Maybe you didn’t notice how they kept saying how these were “trespassing hunters”. Hunters following the rules should be grateful someone is looking out for them to, as they pay to play.

    • JG says:

      Bob, elk are not open for hunting in the spring here, so it would have been an illegal hunt. Hunter orange is also required for rifle hunters in Washington, they weren’t wearing it which is also illegal. So they were either poachers or it was all just a fake set up for the show.

  127. ken says:

    Nick sounds like a good man love what he stands for wish more people had his attitude he tells you how it is no bullshit….GOOD LUCK MR.DODGE.

  128. Barb marsh says:

    I am in love with Mick Dodge. Of course we know the Show must go on but the beauty of the forest is not an imposter.I don’t think Mick is foolish,I think he enjoys the life he lives and it is the simplicity that makes people think he is silly. Being silly is a good thing.Having fun and enjoying nature is a good thing.Being a lover of nature and all her bounty makes me relate to this man.I grow my food,I love animals I eat nastursiums and pansy;s and all the berries I can get.I eat meat usually venison. Our deer population is too high as all the natural predators are gone.I even had a friend die in a motorcycle vs. the deer accident.
    As far as Natgeo I have been watching nature shows since Marlin Perkins and Jacque Cousto. I would rather watch natgeo instead of Modern Family and all that crap.So say what you will as you head off on the herd of Beltway drivers to your cubicle that is sterile and all that goes w that life.Accumulate things and go into debt then buy more things. I am writing on a laptop that came out of a workplace closet. I have had it 2 yrs.No upgrades 4 me. If I was single I would go find Mick and see if he would have me.Rock on Mick good karma good life.

    • ExoticHikes says:

      If you love nature and protecting it, please take a minute and read a few other articles on our site. I think you will see that we are all about protecting nature and returning society to have an appreciation for wilderness. Thanks for reading our post and have a great day.

  129. joe says:

    I was just wondering what micks thoughts were on bigfoot? Just curious. .

  130. Ron says:

    dont watch the show if you don’t like. Don’t you have something better to do?

    • Jeremy says:

      I say thank you Nat Geo. Would have never known about Mick if not for the show. Thanks to my parents who gave me the ability to pull the real from the junk instead of absorbing everything I see and hear as absolute truth. Didn’t need to read about the show to know it was “staged”. Could decipher on my own that Mick is real though. I enjoy him on the show and hope one day to be able to get back in touch with nature like him and many other awesome people that have. Nat Geo was just the conduit that brought him to me. It was up to me to pull out the reality. Don’t expect someone else to do your work. I love this article and it’s truths. Just sad that some need information like this to find it.

  131. Dee says:

    Lighten up people. Don’t you all have more important things to bicker about? Elections are coming up you know!
    http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20140119/NEWS/301199998/mountain-man-mick-dodge-loves-the-wild-but-isnt-a-wild-man

    I think this man is beautiful! His spirit is beautiful and he simply has that “je ne sais quoi” that most of us are missing! I’ve been to the Hoh Rainforest and I get it. I love the way he connects with Mother Nature and you can see that is where his heart is. He lives his life on his terms and that is commendable. He lives a life many of us only WISH we could pull off!

  132. Billy says:

    Wow I have never read so many hateful comments about something so positive. It’s by far one of the best shows on tv, way better than all the other brain washing programs on tv nowadays. Some of you seem vary jealous in your comments for no reason. I’m guessing a lot of it stems from the fact that he is living a lifestyle that you wish you could. Some people just can’t stand to see others happy and living life on there terms while they’re stuck in they’re rat race of lives. Maybe you should hike more and comment less negative rants, it could seriously help your spirits. That’s all I have to say on the matter, GO MICK DODGE!! Lol

  133. Michael B. says:

    I watch the TV show and enjoy it very much. Obviously, it is going to be dramatized. Yes, it’s probably true that many people wouldn’t watch the show if it lacked some kind of drama. It is unfortunate, yet I don’t feel this does it a dis-service. I think that for what it is the show is presented well. Mick’s good nature and humour certainly must be the main reason for that. I watch the show mainly for the nature, which I find jaw-dropping, and also for the humour. I agree that Nat Geo TV shows are quite poor. It seems they’ve run out of (good) ideas so they are squeezing the juice out of anything they can. Even a real documentary show needs to be taken with a grain of salt, let alone a “reality” TV show. Cheers from Toronto.

  134. I think it is awesome that a man like Mick can teach and help others to connect with nature. Anyone that can unplug and stay connected with nature is number one in my book. I try everyday to do the same.. Keep it up mick.

  135. Jason watson says:

    Let’s face it, most U.S. Americans are attention defecit riddled boobs. Most cannot comprehend without being visually guided on every small detail, and most thrive on some dumb forced drama spoon fed to them from dime store level writing ala “reality” TV. no wonder the rest of the world thinks we are bat$%=÷ nuts! With that said, this show seems to be less forced than your average scripted nonsense like pawn stars/gold rush (sp?)/dog the bounty hunter etc. I don’t watch reality stuff anymore unless its the original reality shows like nature documentaries. People vote with their tvs and the people have clearly shown they like fake. At least this guy has a decent message and the show doesn’t completely make nature lovers like myself look like stereotypical tree hugging pot smoking dullards. I still wish they would ditch the unneeded fake drama though.

    • M says:

      Indeed. Another thing is the cult of personality the bleating masses seem to buy into so easily. From groupies like some of the posters here, to people who think Dodge can do no wrong, to fellow hippy-ish folk with similar ideologies they’ll defend like a religious cult on the kool-aid, they can’t stand anyone taking a more objective look at him and the show he’s a star of.

      It’s not always about getting filthy rich–it’s often about protecting one’s comfortable little niche, and Dodge definitely has a good thing going. He gets to play in the forest in the 4 months out of the year it doesn’t rain much, and when it’s sunny & fun out there, he works at Earth Gym & promoting related tourist attractions. Hey, it beats working, and that’s fine. And if it gets people interested in nature, that’s great. I’m sure the guy is a nice guy when you meet him in person, and probably a hoot to hang out with. Cool.

      But to defend him as some sort of saint, as you can see ppl doing in this thread, is just dumb cult mentality. He’s looking out for his best interests, the profitable non-profits he’s a part of that pitch a lot of nature woo-woo for thousands of bucks a head, and his personal lifestyle. I wouldn’t consider him a true environmentalist activist, and certainly not a survivalist, nor is he a man who has ever truly lived in nature. He basically admits as much off-camera.

      As an environmentalist and a survivalist, I for one would never do a show like that for three basic reasons: 1. Personal integrity. There are better ways to get the message out than to be on a poorly scripted show full of lies. 2. Reputation. The show is practically a cartoon. It’s silly and buffoonish. I would never let anyone clown me like that. 3. Standards. NatGeo is garbage. They sold out to the lowest common denominator with all this reality TV bilge. I could never work for a production I didn’t respect.

      But that’s just me.

  136. nila says:

    Like the show…for entertainment only. Just watched the maple syrup episode
    see where I come from you don’t get syrup from a tree. You get sap. And for the amount of sap mick collected, he would’ve got about a teaspoon of syrup. Come on!

  137. JFG says:

    If Natgeo respected Mick Dodge as much as they respect marijuana users, we would have a better understanding of this world.

  138. rocky neely says:

    I currently live in the DC area now and I long for my life back in the PNW. I’m 45 now and have endured dozens of adventures on the West side of the Olympic Peninsula. I want to like this show, but this Mick Dodge living in the wild is ridiculous. I can’t stand that his big beard is always fluffy and pure white. If you are living the portrayed life it’s not possible! A scene in the one of two episodes I’ve watched, Dodge went to one of his stashes of sundries and every thing he pulled out was as clean as the day it was made. This show is a mockery of a real people especially an indigenous band of Hoh, Makah, Ozette, La Push, Quinault and other NW Salish Tribes that endured the lands way before this media whore. It’s so white of us to portray the funky odd white life style of someone living they way the indigenous did it a century ago and completely fail.

  139. Dale Snail says:

    I know he isn’t what they want us to believe! Comeon! He stashes caches all over the woods like his grandfather did and actually found some of his grandfather’s stashes. He pulls out stashes of his and his grandfather’s. A person don’t have to be too bright to see that they only look 1 day old! Example: his grandfathers woollies? Not only did the bag look new but the woollies looked like they had been washed and dryed in machines the day before. Come on now! We’re not all stupid!

  140. Greg says:

    I watch the show with my 7 year. He finds it entertaining and hopefully he can gain an appreciation for nature along the way. This generation of youth have become so addicted to their electronics that they have lost their way for time spent in the outdoors.

  141. Roy Nowlin says:

    This is a great show. It is nice to watch some thing on TV to me that is real.

  142. June Felton says:

    Wow what a bunch of Crap. Knew couldn’t be true. What a lie!

  143. Corey says:

    I like the report you have done here about Mick Dodge. I do however disagree that it paints him as a sorta of freak show. I have enjoyed the show very much. Growing up in the Georgia mountains and on a small island that at the time was not a tourist island I spent most of my time with nature. Later in my teen years I met a man much like Mick when I was going to a kids camp. He lived in a small shack deep in the woods. I usually along with a friend of mine spent most of my time out in the forest and skipping out on the special activities the camp had to offer. This man looked after the camp area when it was not in session and they paid him to do so. His only source of income. He had a friend that he said he only introduced very special people who knew the connection between man and nature. He taught us many things and got to learn who we really were before he took us to meet his buddy. One night at oh maybe 12am he came with permission from the camp and woke my friend and I up and told us to follow him and ditch the shoes as we are going into the woods to the swamp. After a long hike we were there. He took us to a clear area right at the edge where the swamp turns into a pond. There was a hand made perch about six feet tall. He had us squat down and be still. He made some calls with his hands cupped over his mouth. Sure enough and out of seemingly nowhere this Great Horned Owl lands on the perch and he and that bird looked at eachothers eyes for what seemed like hours. It was amazing. He had something with him that he fed to it. One at a time he had us slowly stand up and approch this magnificent bird. It was one of the most amazing nights of my life! As a child my pets were scorpions and snakes and squirrels etc. Sure I had a dog as well but you know kids we have our forest friends as well. Anyways, later in life and more in the standard rat race I still loved to get to the woods. My wife always laughed at how you can never keep me on a trail and I was always getting into something out there be it a pond, river, swamp, trees and anything else I could find. Well I decided back in “08 that I needed to have a motorcycle. That didnt end well. I was in an accident that cost me my right leg and crushed my right hip and took my entire lat muscle on the left side of my back. So unfortunately, my running in the woods days are over and I am stuck inside of four walls most of the time. I use to enjoy watching the survivalist shows but it never really got me in the woods (living through them as it is) the right way. It wanst how I see the forest. Its not a place to survive for me. That is the easy part. Then Mick Dodge came on. Sure you can tell that it is scripted but ot wasnt the show that did it for me. It was Mick himself. His passion and love for nature and for mans need to connect with it really filled a missing spot in my life. I don’t see that he is a freak show or that NatGeo is protraying him that way. I have turned my nose at a few things the voice over guy has said as it did portray something Mick did as odd or weird. But at the end of the show I feel like I had a small chance to be there with a man that reminds me so much of my old mentor and connect with the side of me that loves the forest. I hope that most people that watch the show see him as such and not as some sorta freak. What NatGeo ment for money and profits hopefully will do the opposite in that people will keep the television off more and slip their shoes off and head to their local woods. Heck, most people dont even know that even big cities usually have a small forest that is protected and full of trials and nature. Better yet to go out of the city all together and go for a whole weekend with no tent or modern store bought camping junk and LIVE! I thank Mick for being willing to do this show and hope it continues as it truly adds to the quality of my life.
    Thanks for your love for the natural world and all y’all do to help people reconnect. God bless you!
    Your friend,
    Corey

  144. Chainsaw says:

    You people probably masturbate to a picture of a tree

  145. Pam (Peak) Meade says:

    Just saw the “show” for the first time. I saw that a nephew from Idaho brought Mick some items.
    I am curious if Mick may be a relative to my Grandmother Ada Dodge. She married Roy Alexander Peak (Idaho).
    Much of my family settled in Washington and Idaho.

  146. Dustin frank says:

    Sounds like you need to make up your damn mind. If you think the show is wack, then just say it’s wack. Stop apologizing, or tip-toeing around the subject because you’re afraid to offend someone. To be honest, the show is awful, they’re all awful. As soon as nat geo stopped showing nature at its most “natural” state, I stopped being a fan. Period. These reality shows are a joke, and a disgrace. It’s a shame these horrible shows even exist. And unlike you, I’m unapologetic about my view point. Mick Dodge is freakin actor, period!! And a terrible one at that.

  147. Dustin wooten says:

    Is it just me, or does mick resemble Harry from Harry and the hendersons? Which was filmed not to far from there. Hmmmm….

  148. Laura says:

    I don’t care for all the negative comments on Mick Dodge.i agree, he is so much fun to just watch and listen to. he has a very interesting show and I now known something more of the n.w. forests. his show is entertainment and he is entertaining!!! thank you for the one hour each week to just reflect on the true freedom in Nature.

  149. Larry Burch says:

    Challeng mike to a real survivle test in fla only a knife flint and 20ft of cordage 14 days in tates hell.real men don’t need cameras just survive.

  150. D Roth says:

    Mick Dodge reminds me of my father-in-law who is a farce, his name is Paul Byrd!!!! Want to be survivalists that don’t know how to survive for real!!!!

  151. shane fontenot says:

    yes the show and mick are a big joke i watched it last night for the first time he went into town to get a chesse burger and when people tryed to talk to him he got mad and ran than said he didnt want to be reconized well why do you have a tv show if you dont want to be bothered hes full of shit

  152. I love that You do that! I wish there was something like that around here! :-)

  153. It seems that You haters need a lesson in how television works! first off, everything is scripted to a point. even LIVE broadcast have a basic outline script to follow. I did the Dayton Air and Trade Show broadcast for 5 years and We followed a script. To do a show like this in real time would be boring. We all have very mundane days, no matter Who We are. But to have done something for 25 years, like Mick, You’d have a lot of great stories to tell! So yes, I’m sure some of this is more well scripted, than all of it. but it don’t mean it didn’t happen at some point to Him. As the opening has Him stating, He could tell You about it, but it’s more fun for Him to show Us. And as far as Nat Geo worrying about ratings, welcome to television! As a Technical Engineer at a TV station, one of My jobs was to make sure the commercials fell in place, to the last second. Each second cost Someone money. The more popular the show, the more that second cost.

  154. Killerthedogg says:

    On the trek to find his grandfather stash you don’t dig up shiny steel razors!,,,

  155. Jean Poitras says:

    This I agree is t.v. And your right it is written by nat-geo.but his heart IS in the right place,however mick is probably blind to the theatrics of the show or final product ,you see Mick has never seen a show aired

  156. Rebekah D. says:

    Hi, Our family love watching the show. It helpes us understand people who love this world.

  157. joey racano says:

    I met Mick Dodge years ago in downtown Huntington Beach. He was obviously very out of place in the city. He was not wearing any shoes. I knew it was him in the show when I saw the roots tattooed on his feet. He is the real deal. The US Navy is doing electromagnetic weapon testing in the forest of Olympic Peninsula. This is dangerous to living things. Including Mr Dodge. On facebook: protect olympic peninsula

  158. debbieharber says:

    I like mick he has a lot of spunk to live out there but its also beautiful good luck mick

  159. Earl Harman says:

    I personally enjoy watching the show. The show, like every reality show is a scripted bunch of bull. I live in Washington state, on the Kitsap Peninsula and I understand the beauty of this wonderful state. I am slightly older than Mick and I am amazed at the shape he is in and some of the things he can do. I love the beauty of the Hoh Rainforest and I watch the show merely for entertainment and nothing more. Reality shows are not real and I either watch them because I like the show or I don’t. Keep up the good work, Mick.

  160. Christian says:

    Many people (LoMD fans) don’t give a crap if it’s real or not and even though they presume that it may be staged, they’d prefer not to know so as to continue with the fantasy of believing that it might be true. That’s why we watch it and love it because it’s fun believing that it might be true.
    But then it’s only a matter of time before some big whiney cry baby like yourself comes along to blow the whistle and ruin the fun for everyone.
    Well congradulations, I guess you’re a real hero for setting things straight.
    Feel better now?

    • ExoticHikes says:

      I feel great! Thanks for asking! Being able to enjoy the fresh air, silence and beauty of the entire Olympic National Park is a fantastic way to spend the day.

  161. Natasha Tucker says:

    The link that says “See what the Hoh really looks like” takes us to Hurricane Ridge. Which is nowhere near the Hoh. Okay, over an hour north. Maybe you should show the Hoh I’d you want people to see what it looks like.

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