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


Lessons from a lifetime of journey

There is 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 previous together with his household and constructing in 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 may learn rather more about in his e book Modern Day Castaway), that canoe wasn’t his first. 

In 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 that may value him every thing and the way he as soon as made the choice to name for assist.

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

Key episode takeaways:

  • Why life is healthier with journey
  • How Mike approaches problem-solving and mitigating danger
  • The worth of calling for assist early
  • What a pilot sees from the air (suggestions for being seen)
  • Decision-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, InAttain, and so on
  • Choosing who shall be your emergency contact
  • When feelings can shock you and the way they might have an effect on choice making
  • Preparation and planning
  • What adventurers can study from pilots – planning for each attainable state of affairs, psychological checklists and rehearsing them
  • Mitigating rescue sources by good planning 
  • The concern of sharing areas to ‘special spots’ on social media
  • The down and UP sides of danger
  • Why hardship is nice for us

Mike’s web site

Mike’s e bookModern Day Castaway

Timelapse video of Mike constructing his dugout canoe

Mike and his youngsters do the Snowies 10 Peaks Video

Thanks to sponsor Paddy Pallin

Listen right here

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Episode transcript

Download the transcript right here

Thanks to

Sponsor // Paddy Pallin

Rescued Podcast fundamental photograph // Ben Cirulis and


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