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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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It’s my pleasure to bring to you, the GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Dualist.  This is a brilliant cooking solution for ultralight backpacking.  It gets high marks with Survival Bros, and my puggle featured in the HD video review above.

I think you’ll like this cookware system because it has all the bases covered.  It comes loaded with two telescoping foons, two 20 ounce insulated bowls with lids, two 20 ounce mugs, and a large hard anodized aluminum pot including a lid with a built in strainer.  This is perfect for cooking pasta, and even works as a spout for pouring liquids like hot tea.  The orange and blue foons match their bowls, but I like them because they are deep, so I can take big bites.  They are dishwasher safe too, like the rest of the Pinnacle Dualist.  Also, the entire package is BPA-free, so you aren’t absorbing harmful chemicals.

When I first got the Dualist a few months back, I was stoked that the bowls were insulated.  The last thing I want is my precious food to go cold right after I prepare it.  Plus, the bowls have “Sip-it” lids.  GSI Outdoors must have been thinking about messy eaters like me.  With the lids locked down, I’m less likely to spill scorching soup on my chest.  Another sly feature is the rubberized pot handle.  It folds, and either locks into place as a long handle, or on top of the bowls, keeping everything secure in the pot.

The stuff sack is also a wash basin.  I couldn’t believe it either.  It’s one more container that could come in handy for collecting water out of the creek, or washing your hands before supper.  The cookware system looks as good as it functions.  It’s orange and black.  I like having a high-visibility handle for cooking in low light.  And when you’re done, the Pinnacle Dualist is an easy clean.  It uses non-stick Teflon with Radiance technology.  So there’s no scrubbing.  Heat spots aren’t an issue either, allowing for quicker, and more even cooking.

The Pinnacle Dualist retails for $64.95.  If you are looking for an ultralight cooking solution ideal for two people, this could be for you.  I like the price, but truly appreciate the thought that went into this American design.  It’s all only 21.6 ounces, and the pot holds 1.8 liters.  The dimensions are 5.90″ x 6.40″ x 5.90″.  The Dualist offers bang for your buck.  This product gets the Survival Bros seal of approval.  Please comment, like, and share.  Thanks.

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For more visit http://www.gsioutdoors.com

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Yesterday I checked out the Collector’s West Gun & Knife show in PDX.  It was a big event, with tons of vendors, and people trading gear too.  I took home a few things, and learned a lot.

The show ends today, but visit www.collectorswest.com to see when it will be in your area.  It’s worth the $12 for admission, and $8 for parking.  I was able to price out stuff I’m interested in, and get my hands on it too.  There were deals galore on new and used guns.  Booths had closeouts on every style and brand of knive imaginable.  Coast Products was there.  My friend got a powerful LED keychain light from them. 

I also ran into my buddy Shawn Gregory.  He makes quality “Predator Paracord” bracelets, gun slings, lanyards, and more.  I got a few samples to test, including the badass band below.  It’s comfortable, and stands out.  You can never have too much cordage just in case.  More on Predator Paracord later, but go to www.predatorparacord.com to see all of his bold designs. 

The Girl Scouts were also in the house.  I walked quickly by them, because I was saving room for Voodoo doughnuts, but it was great to see kids at a gun show.  It was a safe enviroment, and fun for everyone.  It’s important to teach kids about preparedness early.   

I found another company with a product called 4EverLights, (www.uvpaqlite.com) with epic reusable glow-in-the-dark lights.   They have a huge variety of sizes, and styles that really do work.  I had to get some to test and review for Survival Bros.  Sunlight isn’t required, so you can quickly charge them with a flashlight, or whatever.  I like that they don’t affect my night vision either like brighter light sources would.  Ya best believe one is going on my bug out bag, and with me camping.

It was a great show.  If you missed it, there will be another soon.  Just get to one, and get prepared.  You never know when you’ll be faced with a crisis. Plus, a gun show is an excellent place to network with other serious preppers. 

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Another storm devastated the Oregon Coast this week. There was massive flooding on Highway 101 South of Seaside, OR. The road is still closed to vehicles. Only trucks are permitted to cross the high waters. Here’s the latest picture from the ODOT camera.

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For current road conditions visit http://www.tripcheck.com

The heavy rains also caused a small landslide in Astoria, Oregon. Three homes on the hill were evacuated. Plus, the trolley service has been suspended because part of the train tracks washed out along the Columbia river. It will be fixed soon, but I’ve never heard of that happening.

There’s finally a calm in Clatsop County. We’ve had hail, snow, and high winds. Brutal. Be safe out there. This is a reminder to always be prepared. Have a bug out bag in your house and car. Disaster can strike anytime, especially along the Oregon Coast.

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