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Bug Out Bag and Bicycle – Winter Camping Gear Setup

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I got a way late start.  Was also considering busing to the warming center in Astoria, OR.  That’s smart. 

Hiking 7 miles ain’t.  But I was determined to bog through the uphill swamp: half in the dark.  I got turned around at one point where trees fell over the path.  I also slipped once, but rehearsed in my head what to do.  I threw my 1 gallon water jug, and braced myself.  Yup, I carried a heavy water container from Ave. U to The Hiker Cabins on Tillamook Head.  My shoulders and arms are torn up.  My 110 liter Kelty backpack had to be 70 pounds.  

Plus, I was running on a bum sprained ankle…wore a too tight brace…My left shoulder hurt the most.  It was so tight.  But I had an indica BHO cartridge in my vape pen to finish off.  It was charging in my bag on the hike with a portable power bank charger.  I brought too much stuff.  Like 6 pairs of socks, an umbrella, a dud smoke grenade, and a giant tarp.  It’s 11am – dark at 4:25pm.  So cold.  My hands are numb. 

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Cameron McKirdy did this:

Survival Bros shows you exactly how to get FREE CLOTHING IN LIFE!  Click on the HD YouTube video above for the exact mission details.  All you have to do is visit your local painting supply company store, and request a complimentary painter’s shirt or even a hoodie.  Every painter needs a shirt, preferably one with sleeves to protect themselves from paint over spray, and drips.  Trust me, I’ve painted houses and after pulling globs of latex out of my chest hair, a barrier of soft, breathable protection is a must.

It’s simple: Request swag (politely), get gear.  Try this method of acquiring, and comment on the blog post here if you have any luck.  It’s worked every time for me when I need fresh clothes to wear, and there’s more than one paint shop to pick from.  

I got another free shirt, this time from Rodda Paint in McMinnville, Oregon by asking…

More proof you can do this too.  

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From Cameron McKirdy – 

The 1986 VW Vanagon runs into a problem on the commute to a Lifeguard training program in #Oregon  My car just won’t stop honking due to cold weather.  So odd.  Please comment if you know how this car trouble issue can be fixed!  Thanks for visiting our preparedness blog #survivalbros  Follow by entering your email address above on the left side of the page. You’ll get all of the articles sent directly to your inbox, no spam, and we won’t give away your info.  Thanks.

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Screenshot from the video.  My RPM gauge is the only instrument that works in the VW Vanagon!  I can’t figure out how to reset the clock either.  Plus, the odometer and speedometer are broken, so I go the the GPS unit for more information on my drive sometimes.  The van needs some love.  My heater fan went out last summer, but will require taking off the dash.

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Cameron McKirdy drives his vehicle, a 1986 Volkswagen Vangon in gross, extremely dangerous Winter weather conditions near the beach in Seaside, Oregon.  

Survival Bros Tips for driving in rain:

  1.  Turn your lights on
  2.  Obey traffic laws
  3.  Allow extra time and distance between yourself and other cars
  4.  Have good windshield wiper blades and/or Rain-X the front
  5. Take your time (go slower), plus let people in (merge), and people to cross the road
  6. Avoid distractions like filming, texting while driving, and singing to music in your car

Please try NOT to soaking pedestrians with enormous puddles near sidewalks!

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Water on the road and windshield clearly reduce visibility while driving

By Cameron McKirdy

There was a High Wind Warning in effect yesterday on the Oregon Coast, but I didn’t get the memo in time.  75 MPH wind gusts destroyed my home.  The Coleman Hooligan 3-person tent leveled, poles shattered, nylon shreded.  I wouldn’t purchase this entry level gear again.  Buyer beware!  The worst part is, replacement poles for this shelter are temporarily out of stock.  Unacceptable.  So I had to throw a $100 tent in the garbage.  It was too far gone, and I don’t have the time or energy to mess with repairs.  However, I saw you can get tent pole repair sleeves at REI or under a buck.  So that’s good to know.

Can you recommend a good 4-season tent?  I’m researching Mountaineering tents online, but there aren’t many one person setups.  I do have a Gor-Tex Bivy bag in storage, just in case.  Maybe a waterproof sack like that is the only thing that can beat the wind, by staying low, and not having any supports, or stakes in the ground.  That would make for presumably less resistance against the elements, just held in place by the weight of my sleeping pad, bag, and body.  

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Fiberglass poles snapped in half by High Winds

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I’ve been hassled by local police three times this summer.  They roll up, acting hard, invading my privacy by looking into my windows with a flashlight, and asking a million questions.  Are you living in your van?  No.  Are you doing drugs?  No.  What are you really doing here?  Being.  Is there a woman in there?  I wish.  Next time I have a run in with make-believe authorities I will immediately begin filming the encounter.  They are likely recording me, and never announce that fact.  I will ask.  I take control of the situation by asking them questions.  Like, who are you?  And, is that an order or a request?  Am I free to go? They can only bust you for overnight camping if they see you asleep, so wake up before they get out of their car.  There’s many good videos out there on how to talk to peace officers, who are disturbing the peace.

I tried camping in the city limits once this summer, just to see if I could do it.  I failed, that time.  But was out in the open, and kind of wanted to be discovered.  The city planners have it figured out.  There’s so many no parking signs on streets, you’d be better off pulling into a hotel or driveway.  Not that I’m advising you on anything.  This blog post is for entertainment purposes only.  I pulled into a small city park, but got rolled up on shortly after 11:30 PM.  The officer begged for my I.D. so he had something to write in his police log.  I gave it to him so he would go away.  Then he told me I could park at the turnout seen in this new HD video.  At least he offered that tidbit of advice.  But are the police even necessary?  They either get lucky, or they are too late.  They aren’t preventing real crime, with victims.  They are revenue generators, and may have well studied accounting at The Academy.  

That leads me to the car camping video above, featuring Mocha The Famous Puggle.  She had surgery the next day in Nehalem, South of CB.  I stayed just off the highway that night, so I’d have less driving in the morning.  The point is there shoud be more places to live for free.  The Oregon Coast is a horrible place to live if you are poor.  Gas is outrageous, our Safeway is the highest priced in Oregon, and hotels are out of the question on a regular basis.  There’s many empty vacation homes, and little low income housing.  Homelessness needs to be legalized.  My hometown of Seaside, Oregon used to be known as Tent City.  Yet you can’t pitch a tent anymore!  Even the Circle Creek RV park doesn’t allow tenting now.  Shame on them, and the City of Seaside.  If you are homeless, you could be jailed, then shipped on a bus to Portland to survive there on the streets.  All for the image of a cute coastal town, so we can take money from tourists.

Politics, and money aside.  You can still live for free if you want.  That’s what I’ve proven in my car camping video series.  There’s always a loophole.  You can stay a step ahead.  

Going back to this production, it wasn’t a terribly cold evening when I van dwelled with my dog.  But what will I do when the temperature drops in the Winter, and do I have any tips for other mobile people?   Well, last night it was 52, and that feels cold.  I woke up a few times, and had to recover, and rezip the Kelty sleeping bag.  Start with an insulated sleeping pad, and then a bag rated to 30 degrees or better.  But what I plan on doing soon is getting a mobile power source that can power up my ELECTRIC BLANKET!  And an extra car battery for such devices, or more lighting, etc.  Mocha The Puggle and I will be golden when that happens.  Then you need a good set of thermals, or something warm to sleep in for clothing, on hand, just in case.  I like loose and light apparel.  Last night I put on a long sleeve Dri-Fit shirt, and sweat pants too.  Because you have to crack the windows, or else the condensation on the glass will give you away.  Hope this sparks some ideas for you.  Peace and love from the road.

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By Cameron McKirdy

BREAKING NEWS!

Two Killer Whales, or orcas have been spotted migrating North near Cannon Beach in Oregon State.  I was enjoying a wet hike from Short Sands Beach at Oswald West State Park out to Cape Falcon when I shot this HD video.  When I climbed to the edge of a dangerous cliff near the water of the Pacific Ocean I saw these 2 beautiful beasts approaching on my left.  I had to get my LG G2 smart phone out to film, but I was torn between looking at the creatures, and the camera screen.  However, I saw plenty of my friends, and got the shot for all of you.  

This was possibly the best experience of my life.  Orcas (and dolphins) are magical creatures, and probably smarter than humans.  I think they wanted to hang out with me.  But one slip, and I would have gone tumbling down the mountain side, and become fresh fish food.  I was only posted up at the location where I spotted these mammals for a few minutes.  After they left, so did I.  I’d seen the best, and it was pouring.  All of my clothes got soaked when I made my way back through the damp plants.  I didn’t mind being cold.  I was amped from seeing my wild buddies do their thing.  It gave me energy for the journey.  Now I don’t ever want to go to a zoo again.  It’s not the same.  Stay wild!

Here’s more RAW footage I posted on my other YouTube channel

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Survival Bros drives in dangerous road conditions through Champaign, Illinois.  It was 29 degrees.  First came an inch of snow, then freezing rain, followed by a hail storm.  The worthless rental car, a Kia Soul, was covered in an inch of ice, and struggled to stay on the slippery road!  There were accidents all over the place, but it looks like the worst winter weather is behind us now.  Stay tuned for additional HD videos.  Please enter your email on the top left side of the blog to follow all of our posts.  More intense stuff soon.  Thanks for visiting!  Get prepared.

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Would you use an icicle in a survival situation to protect yourself from an attacker?  Survival Bros considers packing ice as an EDC item while outside just in case of an emergency.  More silly videos shortly.  Please like, comment, and subscribe to us on YouTube.  Best wishes.

John McClane’s quick thinking saves his life yet again in the movie Die Hard 2

February 5, 2014

Survival Bros is in Champaign, Illinois with the news.  Cameron McKirdy films an HD video in the middle of a huge winter snow storm they are calling Nika.  Roads are covered in dangerous ice, with packed snow on top making for bad driving conditions.   Don’t try to commute unless you have a 4×4 truck, or something with excellent traction, and considerable weight.  This weather is brutal on your skin, so use as much protection as possible, such as ChapStick and hand lotion.  Cam is wearing a Hoo-Rag bandana on his face to stay warm, and has epic GOR-TEX gloves from Trekmates out of the UK.  Check those brands out, and get prepared.  Unfortunately,  the worst Winter weather is yet to come.  Tomorrow Survival Bros will be enduring temperatures near zero degrees.  Cam will have another cold weather update for you soon.  Thanks for watching.  Please subscribe to us on Youtube, and follow this emergency preparedness blog via email.  Be safe.  Peace.

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How’d you like to drive on this?  Road conditions keep getting worse.  To be continued…

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A delivery bike quipped for an arctic blast in Champaign, IL.

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The roads are clear here now, but it got down to -25 last night.

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Mother Nature had no mercy this morning. I wore shorts to suffer for fun. I got lots of looks and almost caused a few accidents. Ladies like my calves. It would be a shame not to show them. Seriously though, it was so cold my teeth hurt from breathing. Back in Oregon my friends and family are dealing with tons of unexpected snow. Hopefully they are safe, and have food and supplies stockpiled for events like this. More soon!