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Today I met up with an old friend interested in trading pocket knifes, for my antique wooden chest. I’ve been packing this cool, big box around for years, but felt like swapping it out for smaller items I can potentially trade or sell later.

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I got this ornate chest in Tigard, OR at a St. Vincent De Pauls for $40 or so. I was going to restore it, but liked the rough, vintage look, and couldn’t bring myself to refinish the wood. I never cleaned the tin exterior either. It made a great shoe box for awhile, but I had my eye on a stash of Swiss Army knives my buddy acquired from an estate sale. We are both hustlers, so I felt like meeting to get some deals going.

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I picked these 18 multitools out of my friend’s collection. I will end up putting a few in small emergency caches to be buried. Some will be gifts, and others I will use for odd jobs. A couple have lights built in too. It felt good to trade for items that won’t be a burden to move. I’m always traveling, so bulk is bad. I will do more deals with this contact, and the possibilities are endless with online networking. Don’t miss out. Be social.

Today I felt like exploring. So I biked to The Mill Ponds in Seaside Oregon. The ground was soggy, so I had to pedal lightly to avoid getting sprayed with mud from my tires. Hearing the blue birds chirp relaxed me instantly. Beats traffic noise.

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Right before I got to my favorite spot, I noticed a park bench upside down in the water. I wondered where it went. It’s been a few months since I sat on it from the lookout. Without hesitation I laid my bike down, and tromped through the sticker bushes to get to it. I had seen 2 homeless teens camping there before, and I’m pretty sure they trashed the place.

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I yanked that bench out of the pond, and brought it back to its home. Now everyone can rest and enjoy that epic view again. The seat wasn’t in bad shape, or soaked entirely, so I chilled there for a few. Just another reminder that you can either make the world a better place, or screw it up for the rest of us. There aren’t many public spaces left, so treat them with respect.

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Produced by Cameron McKirdy

Dr. Ron Paul has served America well. Please listen to his very important farewell speech. Congressman Paul has continually talked about real issues, and fought for Liberty his entire life. Thank you Doc, and enjoy retirement! Let’s hope he writes more freedom loving books, like End The Fed, and The Revolution.

 We’ve compiled an extreme reading list that is sure to make you more self-sufficient.  These are our favorite books.  Please comment if you have other suggestions.  Turn the page.

The Ultimate Suburban Survivalist Guide – The Smartest Money Moves to Prepare For Any Crisis by Sean Brodrick

How To Survive The End Of The World As We Know It – Tactics, Techniques, And Technologies For Uncertain Times by James Wesley Rawles

Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse by James Wesley Rawles

Emergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook – Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Family Safe in a Crisis by Peggy Layton

Animal Farm and 1984 by George Orwell

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners by Suzanne Ashworth and Kent Whealy

A Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness & Travel Medicine by Eric A. Weiss

The Revolution – A Manifesto by Ron Paul

How to Stay Alive in the Woods: A Complete Guide to Food, Shelter and Self-Preservation Anywhere by Bradford Angier

Mushrooms Demystified by David Arora

Gardening When It Counts: Growing Food in Hard Times by Steve Solomon

When Technology Fails (Revised & Expanded): A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency by Matthew Stein

Crash Proof 2.0: How to Profit From the Economic Collapse

The guys find an ammo can full of trinkets, a logbook, and keys to a riddle! They were hiking Saddle Mountain in Oregon, when they took an obscure trail, and uncovered a hidden geocache. Random. Happy hunting. You never know when you will find treasure.  And of course we won’t tell you where to find this stash.  You got to get into geocaching.  There is an app for that.

Produced by Cameron McKirdy

Cameron McKirdy and his Dad battle rapids in their cataraft. This adventure was well planned. Pops did his homework, and scouted the river as best he could. He asked locals a million questions, read books, and consulted his rafting club before getting her wet. The water was high, so it wasn’t a terribly challenging ride, but it was a lot of fun. The Rouge river is next! Take a float down the river with them. %^).

Cameron McKirdy from Survival Bros shows you the emergency caches he is working on. You may also want water packets, a compass or GPS unit, fishing line and hooks, snares, vitamins, and extra cordage. He will be burying these along his escape route, just in case of a disaster, such as a tsunami. Thanks for watching! Peace and love.

Cameron McKirdy produced this in 2011 during the tsunami wave scare! This shows how he prepared for an emergency in real time. If you haven’t created a bug-out-bag for this sort of thing, now is the time. What do you think of the video? Let’s hope the big one doesn’t hit this helpless coastal town.

Cam from Survival Bros consumes raw mushrooms. They are edible when cooked! He was starving after a long hike in Arch Cape, OR. The Chicken of The Woods mushrooms are rare. They DO taste like chicken, and you can even sell them to restaurants. Plus, they can be frozen, and stored long term. Cameron took home about 8 pounds of chanterelles and this variety. Mushroom hunting is an awesome hobby, but there’s a steep learning curve. Get a book or two on the subject before picking and consuming.

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Red Survival Mountain Bike and Backpacking Gear Photo

A Survival Bros contributor took this picture of his bicycle, and gear on a day trip. He likes to blaze new trails, and use a machete to cut down vegetation in his way. He has everything to survive the outing; gloves, water, lights, knives, food, caffiene, etc. He is prepared. What do you think of his survival mountain bike? It’s a work in progress.