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Mick Dodge is one with the woods, having left modern conveniences behind 25 years ago to live among the trees, caves and animals in Washington state's Hoh Rain Forest. It's not an easy life by any means -- he sleeps in tree stumps and has no easy access to food -- but each day presents a different adventure, and as the always-barefoot Dodge says, "All I have to do is follow my feet." He's walking in the footsteps of four generations of Dodge men who have called the Olympic Peninsula their home, and because the intensely private former Marine allowed National Geographic access to his world, this time viewers are welcomed to witness the primal life of "The Forrest Gump of Middle Earth."

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aired 210 days ago
Mick has long admired ancient Native American culture and has learned to use many of their traditional practices in his daily life, but now he will need help from a Makah medicine woman to get a special healing balm few know how to make.
aired 210 days ago
Mick Dodge and his friends gather for an annual wilderness competition to show off survival skills they have perfected over the years.
aired 210 days ago
Mick Dodge is prepared to take on a storm that is coming to the rugged shore of the Washington coast.
aired 210 days ago
With Mick's stomach grumbling, he goes to retrieve his snacks from his stash only to discover that he is nearly out of supplies and needs to head to the supermarket to restock.
aired 210 days ago
The girlfriend of Mick's long-time student, Will of Stone, tracks him down seeking help.
aired 210 days ago
Mick is fighting a bad case of beaver fever, relying on a time-tested healing process.
aired 387 days ago
Mick's oldest friend Karl has crafted just about everything on his property by hand and has been dreaming of completing his "staircase to the sky" for decades.
aired 387 days ago
Mick uses a prized bow and arrow from his grandfather in Hoh Rainforest.
aired 387 days ago
When berry season hits the Hoh Rainforest, Mick Dodge prepares to brew up some Dodge family forest wine based on a secret recipe that has been produced by his family for generations.
aired 387 days ago
Mick uses the tricks of the forest he has relied on in the past to alleviate his crippling tooth pain, but when his natural methods fail he decides it is time for drastic measures.
aired 387 days ago
Mick decides to relocate some of his hidden stashes all over the Washington wilderness to a central forest base camp to prepare for winter.
aired 387 days ago
Mick stands guard to protect the Hoh Rainforest as the Fourth of July invites the kind of reckless behavior that threatens his home.
aired 408 days ago
Mick Dodge visits with his old friend Doc Gair but realizes as he's leaving that Doc's trusty truck, which serves as both his home and office, won't seem to start but Mick helps him out.
aired 408 days ago
Mick Dodge prepares for an epic birthday tradition he has kept alive for more than two decades.
aired 408 days ago
Mick Dodge is eager for warm weather after a long, cold winter. A visit to his friend Karl's house reveals old family relics.
aired 412 days ago
Mick Dodge and a friend team up on a risky mission to sabotage the heist of scheming poachers.
aired 419 days ago
Mick Dodge hears word from an old friend in the Hoh Rainforest that hunters are illegally trespassing. Mick pledges his help and calls upon his friend, Moss Hopper, to join the fight.
aired 419 days ago
Holiday weekend at the Olympic Peninsula equals a flood of tourists in the area. To escape the chaos, Mick Dodge journeys deep into the forest toward refuge.
aired 420 days ago
A routine river crossing goes wrong and Mick loses all of his gear, including his clothes. He must do all he can to stay warm until he reaches a crafter, nicknamed Moon Hair, to get the clothes he needs.
aired 420 days ago
Due to Mick's close connection with nature, many people have sought his guidance and mentorship but only a few have managed to earn the opportunity to become his student.
aired 420 days ago
In the Hoh Rainforest, a full moon is on the rise, presenting a slew of opportunities for Mick Dodge.

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