Cody should be well-known to barefooters. He’s a survivalist who has been going barefoot for over 20 years, so he really knows what he is doing. The September 2009 issue of Backpacker magazine did a feature on him. Here’s the feature photo in that article:
You can find the full article on Google Books, here.
From the Discovery promos, we see that he has to cheat just a tad for the really cold (don’t we all?), putting on some socks, and driving his survival partner nuts. They feature an early comment from the partner, Dave Canterbury, that seems to suggest dissension,
If he chooses not to wear shoes and not to wear pants, it’s Bush Hippie Logic and Mother Nature stuff that I don’t get.
I suspect that as the show goes on, though, Dave will come to really respect Cody.
By they way, I did a bit of research on Cody’s statements about mitochondria. While I am not sure one can train one’s mitochondria (but I’d sure like to think so, and I’d sure like to think I have done so with my own), it is true that many who live in northern climates do have more efficient mitochondria that help keep them warm.
Youtube also has some of the promos. Here’s one:
I think I will really like this show, and I think it is good publicity for barefooters.
[Note: I am now blogging mostly over at my Ahcuah blog. If you like what you read here, you might check things out over there. I've also written more entries on Dual Survival, which are collected here.]