Posts Tagged ‘portland’

By Cameron McKirdy

People need physical touch from others.  Babies must have attention, and contact, or they will die.  So LOVE, and CUDDLING, ARE SURVIVAL ISSUES.

After living out of my van in the woods for months while managing a campground and hot spring, I found myself wanting more non-sexual, platonic contact with others.  I sought out more human touch, including cuddling from friends and family, and put in extra snuggle time.  Later I’d visit Samantha Hess at her famous cuddle cafe on:

1015 E Burnside St.
Portland, OR 97214

Cuddle Up To Me is a safe and comfortable place where you can go to feel respected, appreciated, and worthy.  When I first saw Samantha Hess, I was all hopped up on coffee, hadn’t eaten, and had all these big ideas for how I could help her cuddling business.  Well, I eventually chilled out, and opened up to her.  We shared our stories during our consultation. After processing, I wished to cuddle in her fantastic Universe themed space room.  Snuggling Sam was very relaxing.  Focusing on my breath, and the sensations of compassionate touch, it was simple to be now.  Sam guided me into several silly sounding poses like: Mama Bear, Side Pocket, and Lazy Spoon.  Book an appointment with a Certified Cuddler for more details.  Cuddling with no sexual intentions is one experience we should all have regularly.  I felt wonderful for weeks.

Hug?  Ask.  I won’t turn you down. – Cam

Survival Bros challenges you to give TEN HUGS DAILY!  Try getting that many embraces or more, forever.  Let us know how it goes by leaving a comment below.  You’ll be making so many people smile, so don’t be shy.

Cuddle Up To Me – Book an Appointment Today

Cameron McKirdy Samantha Hess

“Touch is by far our most important sense, essential to our survival and development.” – Samantha Hess 

AS SEEN ON TV: Samantha Hess on America’s Got Talent in 2015 #cuddleparty

Watch an insightful YouTube skit on understanding people called “It’s Not About The Nail”

Further discussion about empathy and attention:

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Survival Bros Product Testing The Gerber Prodigy Blade By Breaking a Glass Car Window

Using a “survival” knife to break glass for people locked out of their vehicle, Survival Bros helps by smashing a small car window, so the owner can get his keys and go home. The gentleman’s girlfriend locked the keychain in the car by accident before setting off on a day hike.  At first, their solution was to simply throw a rock at the shiny, new BMW Sedan!  They decided against that method of breaking in.  He didn’t care about money it would cost to repair his ride, because he has auto insurance.  I guess insurance covers women.  The couple would have been stranded on the mountain at night, if they couldn’t get in.  There’s NO cellphone service in The Forest.  Fortunately, she was able to reach her arm in without getting hurt to pull the door handle open from the inside. 

Would you call the Gerber Prodigy a true survival knife?  Comment.  It’s smaller, and only has versions featuring irritating serrations.  Most friends I’ve encountered aren’t fond of this blade profile, because it takes away from the cutting surface area.   Total length of 9.75 inches and blade length of 4.75 inches.  

On the plus side, the sheath is quality, making it easy to lash, or attach to your backpack.  MOLLE compatible, with a leg strap to try as a carrying position.  The rubberized grip works well, and fits in hand ergonomically.  It’s a bargain entry level survival or combat knife.  Whatever you want to call it, or use it for, the price is right on Amazon for under $40 with free shipping.  I’m going to beat mine to Hell this summer in the woods, then consider packing the LMF II, or something new.  Have any knife recommendations for Survival Bros?  You can always email me at thesurvivalbros@gmail.com

Watch Survival Bros breaking car windows with that blade too!  It’s considerably bigger, and better.

Don’t try this! But if you do, wear proper eye and hand protection. 

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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.

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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

 

Produced by Cameron McKirdy in Gearhart, OR

Watch me perform an extreme cut test on the new COAST Products BX315 knife.  I see how it handles trash I found at the beach in Oregon.  This folder is a work horse, and practical to use daily as part of your EDC (Every Day Carry) items.  I love the rubberized handle, because it won’t slip out of your hand.  Plus, I demonstrate it’s tough, because the rubber survived being sliced into, and didn’t show damage, as seen.  I even tore through a pop can, and didn’t nick up the edge.  Combine that with the deep notches on top of the handle, the two large finger grooves, and the BX315 is trustworthy.  The back lock is also secure, so I never worried about it failing and closing on my hand.  It must be safer than traditional liner locks on knives.  

In the HD video test I showed that action boss.  I cut out a lot of the talking, but I know true knife enthusiasts like specs.  The blade length is 3.25 inches long.  Overall the tool is 8.625 inches.  Weight equals 3.6 ounces, which is hardly noticeable in your pocket.

COAST also makes a smaller version that has a 3 inch cutting surface.  I want one.  It’s called the BX300.  Check out their full line of great products on http://www.coastportland.com  All gear is backed by Coast’s lifetime guarantee against defects in materials and workmanship.  Make sure to get your free COAST LED flashlight too.  Just read the following blog for details, the link, and another video on that sweet deal.  http://wp.me/p2zgf8-nE  You only have to pay for shipping and handling, which is minimal.  Now you have a reason to try out this company, if you haven’t already.  COAST Products proves that quality doesn’t have to cost you a fortune.  The BX315 is Survival Bros tested and approved.  Get one, and let me know what you think.  Thanks for supporting your emergency preparedness blog.  Peace, love, and gear.

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Now you know what to request for Christmas – The COAST BX315

By Cameron McKirdy

One of my favorite activities do to for myself is taking a trip to an isolation chamber, or flotation tank in PDX.  The two spas Survival Bros have checked out are Float On, and Common Ground.  Both are open to the public, just call ahead before you try this form of alternative medicine.  There’s many benefits to floating, but in general it’s excellent for meditation, and relaxation.  Specifically, I use this type of therapy for an improvement in circulation, and to enhance creativity.

So how does it work?  Well, the video interview featuring Joe Rogan is a good place to start your journey.  But since I have experience, here’s how it went when I stopped by Common Ground at the Everett House Healing Center and Spa.  They are located at 5010 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, OR 97211. First, I reserved a floating session by phone (503-238-1065), which cost $65 for 90 minutes.  If you call them, and ask for a promotion, you may be able to get a better rate.  There’s two tanks here.  Common Ground is a wellness co-operative, so consider becoming a member for more savings.  It’s a wonderful environment, bursting with plant life outside, and welcoming people all around.  The reception area is cozy.  Shop, explore other services, such as massage, or you can help yourself to a beverage like hot tea.  Check in for your float, then grab an over-sized towel and hit the showers and sauna.  Beware, locker room may be coed at times, so you may see some boobies.

After loosening up in the sauna, and breaking a sweat, I rinsed off again, and took off my bath towel.  I slipped into the dark tank, and got settled in.  Using earplugs is recommended, so one more bodily sense is cut off from The World.  That’s the idea.  You use an isolation chamber to go inside yourself, work through issues, and make discoveries.  A floating air pillow supports your head and neck.  Then you simply lay there in darkness, mostly submerged in salty water.  The Epsom solution is ideally the same temperature as your skin, at 93.5-95 degrees.  So as you relax, you begin to lose a sense of where your body ends, and where the The Universe begins.  It’s like being thrown back into the womb.  Finally, you’re alone with yourself again, and can process life better.

Follow the links provided to find out more benefits of flotation tanks.  You’ll begin to discover how it changes your brain.  If you try out an isolation tank, you may feel your mind bending.  According to Common Ground in Portland, OR this “stimulates left/right brain synchronization; shifts brain waves from Beta to lower frequency Alpha, Theta and even Delta; creates mental clarity, alertness; increases creativity, problem solving; heightens visualization; deepens meditation; expands awareness, intensifies acuteness of all the senses, accelerates learning.”  Sign yourself up.  If you try this, you won’t be disappointed.  It is not a waste of time.  It’s something new to most, and good for you on many levels.  Leave a comment if you have additional questions, and I will do my best to answer them.  I will explore this topic further, and blog more about floating soon.  Cheers.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isolation_tankfloat tank PDX

“You won’t be in pain, if you have peace at heart.” – Cameron McKirdy in an Isolation Tank

float on inside chamberIsolation Tank photos taken by http://instagram.com/rockman_rocks at Float On in Portland, OR

By Cameron McKirdy

Survival Bros breaks the new Coast TX100 LED flashlight featuring three (3) colors: red, white, and blue!  We smash it on the concrete, throw it really far, and even run it over with a VW hippie van.  Before it was destroyed in our epic torture test, we did get some use out of it.  The light is lots of fun to play with in the woods, and on the street, yet tactical with the different lighting options.  I prefer to use red light in the dark, primarily so I’m less likely to be seen.  Using red at night helps preserve your optimal vision, as white light is hard on the eyes and takes maybe 15 minutes for you to adjust to.  Blue is excellent for cutting through fog in order to see, and be seen.  

In conclusion, Survival Bros uses the TX100 because it’s durable, light weight, and practical.  Plus, with a scalloped bevel on the end, it’s perfect for self defense.  You could blind an attacker, then punch them with the sharp rim around the LEDs.  The small light sure took a beating.  I figured it would have broken sooner when I was hitting it on the pavement.  But all of Coast’s lights, knives, and lanterns have tested well in our product reviews.  Visit Coast’s website for all the tech specs, and make sure to read their fascinating blog articles too.  http://www.coastportland.com  More gear stress tests soon.  Keep checking back here.  Much appreciated.

tx100Consider getting new gear from Coast Products out of Portland, Oregon

 

By Cameron McKirdy

My everyday carry knife rotation was looking a little weak (just kidding), so I acquired another Coast Products knife to test out.  In my pocket now is the new COAST FX352 folding knife.  As you can see in the picture, this blade is just like the FX350 model, but all blacked out.  G10 on the main side, and it’s bare on the frame lock side of the handle.  The knife features a deep pocket carry style clip, so it sinks in low.  Coast’s FX352 is tough, sharp, and comfortable to hold.  Check out all the tech specs, and the full line of Coast Products on their website http://www.coastportland.com  You’ll see us using this in future HD video tests.   Please SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube channel right now.  Thanks!

Coast FX352 KnifeThe Coast FX352 is Survival Bros Tested and Approved!

By Cameron McKirdy

I performed a “Stress Test” on the new Coast Products HP17TAC flashlight just to see if she could survive.  The light is impact, and water resistant, so I threw it on the pavement from a moving car, ran it over, and then soaked it.  Amazingly, the light was just as bright after I put the hurt on it, and all of the functions still worked.  It boasts 615 lumens on high, and also has a useful strobe mode for signaling and defense, plus a low mode to conserve energy.

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The HP17TAC looks aggressive, and it is mean.  It’s built to take punishment, with a thick aluminum casing that is heavily knurled.  Meaning, there’s plenty of texture on the black body to maintain grip in any scenario.  I like the thickness (1.53 inch body), and I prefer longer flashlights (13.12 inches) like this so I have seeing power in total darkness.  This Coast product runs off three AAA batteries that are included, with a lengthy run time of 15 hours and 15 minutes on high.  That’s incredible.  How’s the tactical light look now?  Here’s a picture of the cosmetic damage.  Not bad considering!COAST hp17tac damage

According to their website, “Coast’s Pure Beam Focusing Optic System with Fingertip Speed Focus Control provides superior beam consistency from spot to flood, with no dark rings typically associated with focusing flashlights, and you can lock the beam focus in any position you want with our Beam Lock System.”  I found this to be true in my series of stress tests.  You can use just one finger to change the beam, making it fast, and easy to use.  Plus, as you can see in the video, changing position was smooth even after trying to get sand into the bezel.   This is a tactical flashlight you’d be proud to own, and something you’d likely use often.  It’s lightweight, durable, powerful, and with three modes of operation it will provide the best visibility for you in a given situation.  It looks badass too, even more so after you break it in like I did.  Visit COAST Products for more info on the HP17TAC and other useful gear.  

hp17 tactical flashlightThe COAST Product HPT17TAC is Survival Bros tested and approved!

Created By Cameron McKirdy

Full product review of the COAST Products RX322 coming soon!  I had to post the HD video I created on this glorious snow day in the Pacific Northwest.   What would you like to see me slice through next?  

Coast Rapid Response KnivesCheck out the COAST Products Rapid Response knives at http://www.coastportland.com

Produced By Cameron McKirdy with Tactical Gypsy

Homeless.  That’s what we were.  My bro and I stayed on this boat for weeks last summer to avoid paying rent, and getting a regular job.  We were free, and so was our lodging.  But with that comes less.  We had to deal with a lot of crap.  It’s noisy in the Skipanon and Warrenton Oregon Marina.  Sleeping is challenging.  People work on boats at all hours, so there’s usually people clamoring, and trucks hauling.

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Skipanon Warrenton Oregon Marina at Night

Once we had to stay on the boat right after our host varnished the interior.  We opened the craft up, but the stench was still awful.  I got a headache, and while grateful for the place to lay down, I was ready to split and catch the bus into town.  In the HD video above we got a solid fire going, but I didn’t film the smoke that filled the cabin, and it was horrible.  I got a headache from that too.  Again, we lifted the lid on the boat, and opened up the ceiling, but sacrificed warmth.  The Survival Bros slept on a wet mattress because the boat had recently sank.

We had a key to the shower and restroom, but that was a hike from the boat.  Plus, we didn’t want to get hassled by security, so we kept our creeping to a minimum, and laid low.  The smart move was to pee in plastic bottles to avoid detection.  However, the other fisherman on the marina were typically very helpful.  We had their assistance many times when we had to do work on the boat, or move it to another slip.  Speaking of, the rent for a spot there is only $70 per month, and our buddy paid that.  You have to pay a little more for electricity, but it’s still the cheapest place to crash in town.  In exchange for a bed, Tactical Gypsy worked on the boat, making sure the bilge was pumping out water, or whatever.  I kept him company, and learned what I could from the Maritime Scientist.  It was an adventure for sure, and I’m happy to share it with you.  More homelessness tales soon.  Thanks for supporting Survival Bros.  Peace and love.

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Selling waterlogged boat motors for cash