By Cameron McKirdy

What’s good?  Its been a Heaven of a year!  Survival Bros has beefed up the website with frequent posts, vivid photos, and new HD video productions.  Visit the ARCHIVES for all of the fun, and emergency preparedness news.

In the last 365 days, I’ve won a game show on ABC, got a Volkswagen Vanagon to live out of, restored vintage mountain bikes, visited hot springs, and hung out with killer whales in Oregon.  I’ve shared so much with you, and it felt great.  I hope my experiences have sparked your mind, and opened your heart.  Make 2015 the best year ever.  You can do anything you want.

Here’s my favorite YouTube videos from 2014, in case you missed the action and adventure:

My #EDC backpack gear for #Survival

Steel Target Shooting Demonstration with Tactical Gypsy

Cameron McKirdy’s LifeProof smartphone case review as seen on The ABC World News with Diane Sawyer

How to get FREE stuff in life

Video of my #vandwelling setup on the Oregon Coast

Checking out William Henry knives at a jewelry store

The perfect vehicle for The Zombie Apocalypse

Exploring World War II bunkers on Tillamook Head near Seaside, OR

Doing yoga with certified instructor Sarah Whisler at the beach

You can’t define Survival Bros, or Cameron McKirdy.  There’s no way of knowing what will come in the year 2015.  Stay tuned.  Thank you for your support of this project.  I’ve produced all this for free.  Please continue to like, comment, share, and subscribe to us.  Let’s make the Survival Bros community even greater in the days to come.

Mocha Survival Puggle

Mocha The Puggle and I love you! (Hiking Saddle Mountain)

 

 

Produced by Cameron McKirdy – Survival Bros Founder

As you can see in this HD video, nobody beats up gear like me.  I took the new Kershaw Secret Agent knife to the beach, and put it through a rigorous torture test.  I sliced, and stabbed ocean debris washed ashore in Long Beach, Washington.

Kershaw Secret Agent KnifeFlashing the tool with the protective sheath on!

 Model Number 4007, the Secret Agent isn’t flashy.  It’s functional.  The spear point blade has a black-oxide coating for protection against corrosion.  Additionally, the surface is non-reflective.  So it won’t catch light, or be easy to see.  Both sides come sharpened, making it easy to puncture nearly any material.  The Secret Agent handled rope, plastic, aluminum, fiberglass, and even a dead jellyfish!  After the beating, it was still sharp, and the tip showed little wear.  Of course, knives don’t like sand, so I plan to sharpen it for the first time, or I can send it back to the KAI warehouse to get it cleaned up for free.  I’ve stopped by Kershaw headquarters in Tualatin, Oregon (South of Portland) before for a hassle free repair, which took less than an hour.

This knife is a favorite in my collection because it’s lightweight at only 3 ounces.  The ergonomic handle is glass-filled nylon.  It’s well balanced.  Fitting securely in my palm, without being too wide.  Plus, with a rubberized, textured grip, it’s not going to slip out of my hand.  You can wear it on a lanyard, or strapped to your leg.  Blade length is perfect, and no joke at 4.4 inches long.  The black sheath is quality, with a wide, tight clip.  At under $40, the Kershaw Secret Agent knife may be the best value in the industry.  Don’t forget Kershaw Knives’ products are backed by a Limited Lifetime Warranty against manufacturing defects.  Bottom line:  The Secret Agent belongs in your Every Day Carry knife rotation.  It’s Survival Bros tested and approved.  For more HD videos, SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL.  Thank you.

Kershaw knife Model 4007

The Kershaw Secret Agent is as mean as it looks.

By Cameron McKirdy

I was gifted tree resin fit for a King today.  Pictured is a fat handful of Frankincense and Myrrh gum bled from a plant.  My buddy Gypsy Hugh got the aromatic harvest burning on a hot hookah charcoal.  Next, we place the purifying fragrance in my 1986 Volkswagen Vanagon.  The pleasant odor filled my bus with smoke, and the scent should linger for days.  It smells like incense, only more pure, and natural to me.  It was a kind gesture to hot box my vehicle like that, and very appropriate on Christmas Day.  Enjoy the pictures below.  I’d never seen these hardened resins in person, called tears.  

Frankincense and Myrrh xmasFrankincense and Myrrh pictured up close

Frankincense and MyrrhPurifying my camper van with smoking tree resin saved for a special occasion

 

By Cameron McKirdy 

Featuring: Hugh The Gyspy

After watching this HD video guide, you’ll know the type of stuff in a Bug-Out Bag.  His example works for his needs.  People create these emergency preparedness backpacks with survival gear just in case of a disaster.  It’s important to have supplies like these items listed handy.  Keep them secure.  

Survival Bros Challenge:  Make an emergency Go Bag kit like this, and give it to a loved one.  Have fun making a backpack.  Please share this video with a friend, comment, and like.

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By Cameron McKirdy with Hugh The Gypsy

See what car living is like for a gypsy travelling on the road in HD video.  I think he has a great gear setup for van dwelling.  I’m jealous of his sink, with a clever gravity fed water system, harnessing an inexpensive solar shower.  Plus, his lighting setup works, and didn’t cost much, thanks to a trip to Dollar Tree.  You can’t tell Hugh is in there either, since it’s a cargo van without side rear windows.  The dark exterior paint color blend into the darkness, making him more stealth.  I like what he has done to insulate the metal sides with cardboard and aluminum tape.  Hugh knows the cardboard is organic material, and will eventually decompose, but it’s easy to replace with fresh insulation later.  Even the interior wall panels are stuffed with recycled shopping bags for added warmth.  We list all of the car camping items for you to spark your imagination, but is there anything you’d add to the recreational vehicle?  More van dwelling videos on the way.  Stay tuned to Survival Bros.  

Van Dwelling Eugene ORA gypsy van dweller standing by his Astro cargo camper in Eugene, Oregon

 

By Cameron McKirdy – Survival Bros Founder

Survival Bros smashes the screen of a cellphone with a new COAST Products F611 Tactical Field blade.  It was total destruction!  The carbide tip can also muscle through regular glass, Plexiglas, and plastic.  It’s a sturdy knife, and I usually have it handy at the bottom of my backpack, just in case.  The F611 is a solid tool for camping, because it can help you process wood for a fire, or even when creating an emergency shelter.  You’ll like working with it, and it’s guaranteed by COAST.

Please SUBSCRIBE on YouTube, like, comment, and share if you want more HD videos.  Visit the COAST Products for more gear, and information.  Here’s the link to my other blog on Art, and video production.  http://www.cameronmckirdy.com

Tech Specs:

Cost $43.99 Retail

  • 7Cr17 stainless steel blade
  • 6.0 in. blade
  • 11.0 in. overall
  • 10.8 oz.
  • Tactical elastomer handle on stainless steel frame
  • Molded, hard protective sheathCoast F611 Survival Field Knife

A budget survival knife worth considering

 

By Cameron McKirdy

I stopped by Yogi Tea Headquarters in Springfield, Oregon today.  After buzzing the doorbell I was welcomed inside, out of the rain.  They don’t give tours of the building, but offered me a handful of sample tea packets to try.  I took my time investigating each type, but ended up taking every kind I think.  Pictured are new varieties I’ve never seen on store shelves before.  You can find Yogi teas by the box at nearly every health food shop.  They are delicious.  I’m grateful for the hookup.  It paid off to stop, and inquire.  These will go into my EDC bag immediately for later consumption.  But I got two of their Roasted Dandelion Spice Detox formula, so I will have to drink that tonight. 

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Try organic tea from Yogi https://www.yogiproducts.com

Update:  I went back for this picture of the free sample bowl at headquarters.  I scored 11 more packets from Yogi.  Visit them in Springfield, OR for a hook up.

Yogi Tea Samples

 Help yourself to unlimited free tea just for stopping by

Produced by Cameron McKirdy in Seaside, Oregon

Survival Bros goes car camping, and cooks food with the new Pinnacle Base Camper Large from GSI Outdoors.  The slick gear features their nFORM Destination System, offering a nesting design for compact storage.  Watch in HD video as I show you how it works, and clean it with ease.  

The camp cookware is top quality.  Each item is designed for hard use, and extended durability.  The Teflon coating on the two pots, and large skillet is abrasion resistant, so harmful chemicals won’t be scratched off into food.  Plus, the metal is proven to distribute heat evenly, for quick cooking.  You can see in the vlog how my food is boiling over the entire radius.  Also, GSI Outdoors has developed every product they make to be BPA-free.  That’s good, because I don’t want my hormones being disrupted.  This Washington State based company has the excursion items you need.  Carrying around swag from them makes my life much easier, because it does the job, and lasts.  

The Base Camper Large is ideal for a group of four, so I intend on using it when I entertain while tenting with friends, or I’m just super hungry.  You’ll be glad you got a set like this if you enjoy camping, an preparing meals outdoors.  Retail price is $109.95.  Visit GSI Outdoors for more info, and check out the Pinnacle Camper set for the ultimate, integrated cooking and eating solution.  

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Link to the GSI Outdoors Product Page

By Cameron McKirdy in Seaside, OR

Are you a natural scavenger like me?  I often dream about prepping for disasters by roaming the streets, searching for anything I can use; pens, paperclips, tape, food, water, First Aid supplies.   It’s crazy how much people in America through away.  Lots of items in the trash are still good, another man’s treasure.

I made a pit stop at Goodwin Park at 1172 Necanicum, on the corner of 12th in Seaside, Oregon.  When I got out of my Volkswagen Vanagon, I noticed I had rolled over eight AAA, and AA batteries.  So I did the natural thing, and busted out my HD camera for a vlog rant.  Turns out these energy sources were still full of life.  They must have fallen out of someone’s vehicle or bag.  I swooped them up, and put them in my EDC backpack for storage.  I have many flashlights, and headlamps that could use these batteries later.

What have you scavenged around town or in the woods?  It’s always fun to find stuff you can use, especially money.  But don’t get too attached to anything, because you could lose it also.  Like the time when I recently found $20 on the ground, put it in my pocket, only to realized it fell out of my jacket before I could blow it!  

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Seaside Oregon Mosaic Mural Photo of Goodwin Park