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Rescued Podcast // Ep 008 – Mike Atkinson (Outback Mike)

Classes from a lifetime of journey

There may be a lot extra to Mike Atkinson (aka Outback Mike) than what we noticed of his 64 days, toughing it out within the wilds of Tassie’s west coast, on the primary season of SBS’ Alone Australia. 

He’s been having epic expedition-style adventures since his first lengthy hike at 11 years outdated together with his household and constructing in the direction of his first solo journey, snowboarding from Mt Kosciusko to Canberra, aged 17.

Watching him on ALONE, I used to be drawn in by his problem-solving and seemingly infinite tinkering to construct a greater existence on the market. As you’ll hear on this episode (and might learn far more about in his e-book Fashionable Day Castaway), that canoe wasn’t his first. 

On this ep we get to know a bit extra about what drives one of these life and what it takes within the type of meticulous planning and testing, earlier than committing to one thing which may value him every thing and the way he as soon as made the choice to name for assist.

BTS: If you happen to pay attention fastidiously, you may hear plane within the background. Yep… if you happen to’re going to be an Air Drive pilot, you reside close to an airbase!

Key episode takeaways:

  • Why life is best with journey
  • How Mike approaches problem-solving and mitigating threat
  • The worth of calling for assist early
  • What a pilot sees from the air (suggestions for being seen)
  • Determination-making in a disaster – how to not be ‘flappy’
  • The significance of satellite tv for pc communication and worth of 2-way gadgets eg. ZOLEO, InReach, and so forth
  • Selecting who can be your emergency contact
  • When feelings can shock you and the way they may have an effect on choice making
  • Preparation and planning
  • What adventurers can study from pilots – planning for each doable state of affairs, psychological checklists and rehearsing them
  • Mitigating rescue assets by way of sensible planning 
  • The problem of sharing places to ‘particular spots’ on social media
  • The down and UP sides of threat
  • Why hardship is sweet for us

Hyperlinks from this episode:

Mike’s web site

Mike’s e-bookFashionable Day Castaway

Timelapse video of Mike constructing his dugout canoe

Mike and his youngsters do the Snowies 10 Peaks Video

Due to sponsor Paddy Pallin

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Episode transcript

Obtain the transcript right here

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Sponsor // Paddy Pallin

Rescued Podcast predominant picture // Ben Cirulis and


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