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Beau Miles. Award winning filmmaker, poly-jobist, speaker, writer, odd.

On a recent crossing of Bass Strait in a sea kayak, Beau Miles was voted 5th worst dressed in a party of 5. Being offbeat and NQR speaks volumes about how Beau goes about life and represents himself to the world, believing wholeheartedly that we’re all weird. With a PhD in Outdoor Education, a string of successful short films under his belt, Beau’s exploits are funny, authentic, insightful and being copied all over the world.

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Beau’s offbeat stories of adventure exemplify a curious view of the human condition.

YouTuber, new dad, and self-described oddball who needs to shower more, Beau has been finding ways to satisfy his adventurous spirit both abroad and in his backyard.

Paddle to Work

33 MINUTES
Following two rivers, one drain, one sea and one creek, it turns out that paddling to work, which ends up being mostly a drag, over four full days, is bloody hard work.

Walking 90km to work

28 MINUTES
Setting off with no food, water or shelter, I walked 90km to work to see if a stripped back adventure could give me the same kind of buzz that a far away, exotic, heavily planned expeditions normally do.

A Mile with May

10 MINUTES
May and I head off on a slow, tooled-up, distracted lap of the block- which happens to be a perfect mile. Seated within the wide, book and plum filled bucket of a wheelbarrow.

Junk Cabin

20 MINUTES
When COVID-19 locked me and my family down on the small farm, I decided to build my wife a cabin-office in the paddock without her knowing.

Junk Wine

14 MINUTES
Drinking a bottle of wine I found on the side of the road (in a pile of rubbish), I accept a challenge from a YouTube subscriber to tell stories while sitting in the middle of a field.

Big Gums

15 MINUTES
This is the story of spending a night in a big old gumtree. Strapped to three builders planks- one of which had a large crack that I thought was spilled paint, I slept with one eye open, which was pleasant because I could see the view.

The Human Bean

26 MINUTES
Inspired by a half-page scene in John Steinbeck's Tortilla Flat, where a family of poor, super healthy kids eat an almost exclusive bean diet, Beau decides to do much the same thing.

Run the Line

24 MINUTES
Overgrown, farmed, pushed out, sold off and only half there, Beau Miles aims to re-run the old Warragul-Noojee Railway line, which snaked for 42km through the foothills of Mt.Baw Baw, and ran from 1892-1954.

Latest Book

The Backyard Adventurer

After years of adventuring around the globe – running, kayaking, hitchhiking, exploring – Beau Miles came back to his block in country Victoria. Staying put for the first time in years, Beau developed a new kind of lifestyle as the Backyard Adventurer.

Autoethnographic Inquiry

The Secret Life of the Sea Kayaker

Beau’s PHD investigated the lived experience of sea kayaking as a form of expeditionary practice. The project was positioned as a phenomenological narrative during a 15-day sea kayak crossing of Bass Strait, between the Australian mainland and Tasmania.

Beauisms

My love of orange things

I’m writing a book so penning this blog is a strategic distraction. I’ve also become a dad 23.2 days ago (May, Baby May!!), so I’m doing this between farting and burping a newborn, which is more fun that I thought. An infant at arms-reach makes you think in football sized…
Beauisms

My wife, glory parker

A glory park is the best car park in the parking lot. Out front, shaded, free, wide, rare as buggery. Expensive people tend to own glory parks, or pay someone to shoo others away. Poor people dream of glory parking, including my wife. Airport parking, in particular, is the preferred…
Journal

How much does a PhD weigh?

Post doc, fat, I’m back to doing a spot of running. I’ve spent the majority of my days for the last few years in front of a screen. You are doing likewise, reading this instead of stealing rocks from an old quarry, or bumbling around a farmers disused dairy sorting…
Bass by Kayak
A product of the 70’s
Feature article
Being Revenant
Trail Running
Me runnin’ shoes
Beauisms
Q&A write up: Walking 100k to Work
Trail Running
Australian Alps training grind
Beau Miles and Ron Moss
Journal
Famous people I got wrong

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