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By Cameron McKirdy

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Fake News Challenges Cam The Cuddler:

I recently drove my Mustang to Portland, Oregon to demonstrate my survival tactics to a “reporter” and photographer with Willamette Week.  It’s a tabloid, and I shouldn’t have trusted them to get my story correct.  The nameless reporter didn’t use a voice recorder, and managed to misquote me.  The entire article is snarky, and designed to discredit me. Instead, YouTube views are going through the roof!  

Here’s the “story,” from wweek.com.  I did NOT say the line about killing.  I was saying that there may be violence in the streets a few days after supplies run out, and it got twisted into, “there will be killing for five days.”  That makes no sense.  It was careless reporting, intentionally.  They should give back their Pulitzer prize they won so long ago.  Reporters better watch how they handle me.  Good luck getting an interview now.  You better have some credibility, and be a positive person if you’re gonna approach me for a story.

Watch the latest thrifting haul score below.  This could be my most profitable purchase ever:

I quit my job.  I’ve been working at a GNC, but it’s an unhealthy work environment.  The florescent lighting was unbearably bright and annoying.  The frequency is harmful.  Plus, I was surrounded by a Wi-Fi signal, that I’m sensitive to.  All of us should be aware of our surroundings, and be in an environment that is as natural as possible. 

Once the weather got nice, and the Sun came out, the customers stopped coming in.  They were getting Vitamin D, and fresh air like I should be doing.  So that bothered me.  I don’t want to develop varicose veins from standing or sitting too much either.  Be careful with that my friends.  They sure do recall a bunch of products too!

I’m now selling caches.  Maybe you’ve seen me on VICELAND’s Abandoned Ep. 5 “Nuclear Waste” with skater Rick McCrank.  If you want me to build one for you, just send $75 to me on PayPal here.  You’ll get tons of cool items, and lots of value.  I will include treasure from my adventures, such as amazing thrift store finds and practical everyday items.   Look out for a video about a mystery cache soon.  Here’s a practical cache I put together recently:

The struggle is real.  On a recent road trip to Terwilliger aka Cougar hot spring East of Eugene, I hit a pot hole in the dark and cracked my oil pan.  I have a 1999 Mustang, with a severe leak, so I’m not driving right now.  I’m back on foot patrol, and catching buses, as my survival mountain bike was recently stolen also.  Pray that I can travel again soon, and get it fixed properly on the cheap.  A mechanic wants $650 to do the job, but I have a buddy in mind to help for way less cash.  It may take 6 hours of labor, as the engine needs to be lifted and cradled.  At least this doesn’t appear to be the end of my ride on the black stallion.  

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Cam coming at you from the beach in Oregon.  #Seaside  I’m so glad you’re here to share with me.  Thanks for all the thoughtful comments, and please remember to SUBSCRIBE ON YOUTUBE TO #SURVIVALBROS  Watch our 300+ videos at no cost.  We now have 6,399 subscribers, and growing.  Thanks for participating.  I love this community of #backpackers #healers #preppers #activists #nolabels 

It’s been a wild ride these past few years.  If you’ve been following my HD videos, I was #vandwelling for 2.5 years in my Volkswagen Vanagon.  I put many miles on her, riding the nugget from hot spring to couches, and cabins.  It’s a lifestyle I would go back to, but my survival situation has changed.

I bought a new van!  And it broke down.  Costing me a fortune.  Then I was on foot, and in a tent.  Winter hit.  I had challenges, and the weather was nasty.  It was the worst I’ve ever seen it in the #PNW  Now I have a place to stay, a fast car, a part-time job, and an office to make more videos and #Art.  I am very #blessed and grateful.  

So here we are.  Standing strong in the chaos.  Better prepared.  

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See the new boots Cam got for Spring Time in Oregon!  Thanks for watching, and participating in the movement.

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Chill out on the North Fork of the McKenzie River with #SurvivalBros and Papilio Oregonius butterflies.  This is the official insect of Oregon State.  Filmed near Cougar Hot Spring, in the Willamette National Forest.  SUBSCRIBE NOW ON YOUTUBE FOR MORE!  

What a spectacular day this was by the water.  The sun scorched my naked body.  It burned getting into the 106 degree water later that evening at Terwilliger Hot Springs.  I did dive headfirst into the crystal clear river.  Exhilarating.  However, do you have any idea how hard it is to hold your junk with one hand?  Just saying, it wasn’t staying put.  Thankfully through the power of editing, the family jewels remained in safe keeping.  

I ventured to this sacred spot two weeks earlier, and saw the same collection of butterflies!  I counted 40.  I’m amazed they were still there when I returned.  My friends are posted up hard in heaven.  They danced around me as I paid my respects.  This area produces insanely large moths too, like this one I spotted heading into a shower last summer.

Giant Moth in OR

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Oregon Swallowtail Butterflies

By Cameron McKirdy

In these HD #survivalbros videos I source product, or pick stuff, to potentially resell at a profit.  I purchased nearly 27 pounds of Goodwill donations at 99 cents per lb in one day, as seen in the first vlog below.  Watch these guides to learn more about picking, aka hustling.  I chose a diverse range of merchandise, buying everything from purses to Nintendo Wii video games.  I think I scored on my thrifting haul adventure, but you  be the judge.  SUBSCRIBE TO SURVIVAL BROS ON YOUTUBE HERE to join the conversation.  Thanks for watching.     

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Cam found Minion Goggles at The Bins in Portland, Oregon

Pro Tips for  Shopping at The Goodwill Outlet Bins:

  1. Wear gloves.  This way you can toss stuff, and protect your hands from sharp objects…
  2. Weigh your cart several times to see where your at, and to preview what you may spend.
  3. Take a chance on an item or two that you know nothing about.  It may prove to be a super find.

More advice coming in blog articles soon…..

 

By Cameron McKirdy

#SurvivalBros swaps fake dollar bills for a more authentic, and traditional unit of exchange (silver) in this HD video production.  Please like, comment, and share this #movie  For more content, take a minute to SUBSCRIBE to the Survival Bros YouTube Channel if you have an account!  Thanks.

You just saw proof that you can still get real silver for silver certificates.  The Government really should honor these novelty items.  But no.  You may only have Federal Reserve Notes.  Thanks!  

After consulting with expert buyers/sellers in my community, the consensus is that paper silver certificates don’t go for more than $2-$5, unless you get a particular year, which I don’t know anything about yet.

But why stockpile silver versus other goods to trade potentially?  Because paying for storage sucks, and I’m condensing my wealth to a smaller physical size.  And silver in undervalued at this time, in my mind.  So I can get more in trade later.

Yeah, but Walmart doesn’t take silver bullion!  Not yet.  And if you have silver coins you can simply take them to the coin shop in your hood to get cash to purchase Chinese garbage and GMOs.  

Well, that dollar with The Rock on it isn’t worth a dollar, so you ripped them off, and you’re a jerk.  Hmmm….I think it’s still redeemable.  And Dwayne Johnson may as well be on our money since it’s so funny.  Audit The Fed.

 Take a second to leave a comment on this blog post, if you’d be so kind.  What do you stockpile just in case, if anything?  Cheers.

Silver Bullion Coins

5 year silver chart

Courtesy of Kitco

By Cameron McKirdy

I’ve been on the hunt at local thrift shops for a bargain.  After scouring the Eugene/Springfield, Oregon area I hauled in fresh gear, and saved a wad of money buying items second hand.  However, most of the swag mentioned in this HD video production is new.  I’ve been popping tags.  I hope to use these pieces backpacking, vandwelling, and as essential Every Day Carry items.  

Nike SFB Tan Boots

I found a new pair of Nike Special Field Boots or SFB at St. Vinnie’s.  They retail online for $140 or more, if you can locate your size.  I had hoped they were size 12’s when I spotted them on display.  It was my lucky day, because they were a match for me.  The desert tan kicks had been marked $29.99, but were half off that day.  I got the shoes for $14.99!  I’ve been wanting this exact pair of 8 inch high military style boots.  Here’s the male equivalent of girls wearing Uggs in public.  I get lots of compliments on them.  No I haven’t served, but I train with soldiers.  

Mechanix MPACT gloves

I lost one of my all black Mechanix M-PACT Covert gloves bouncing around town celebrating New Years.  So, now I’m breaking in another pair of work gloves that I had for backup.  I like wearing them while biking, or even driving my Volkswagen Vanagon.  This brightly colored safety wear is men’s size Large.  Newer versions fit even better.  I also like that they dry out quickly in the sun.

Here’s my other videos on thrift store shopping.  I’ve found some treasures, and I look forward to going back into the city to discover what else I can’t live without.  Thanks for supporting the blog.  Visit again shortly.  I have lots of wacky videos in the works.  Have a great Spring Break, and Summer! 

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Backpacking Gear for the Florida Trail

Usually I try to keep my pack weight down, though I don’t really consider myself an ultra light hiker. I can live comfortably out of a pack weighing no more than 20 pounds for months at a time. And that is including food and water. My base weight, the weight of my gear not including food and water, usually hovers around the ten pound mark, though I have a tendency to carry multiple paperbacks at a time which can push that weight up a bit.

So what’s in my pack?  Let’s start with what I consider the essentials, sleeping gear and clothing.
I sleep in a cheap Walmart $30 40 degree sleeping bag made by Ozark Trails. It is one of the smallest sleeping bags around which means it packs up into a very tight space. This is one of those occasions when you don’t need to spend a ton of money on a top of the line sleeping bag.  Is it warm enough? Probably not for a lot of winter activities, and even in Florida it can get cold in January. But the sleeping bag is always slipped inside my REI Minimalist Bivy. This adds a few degrees as well as allowing me to easily stealth camp. I also usually sleep in my Under Armour base layer.  My base layer is one of my most trusted pieces of survival equipment. I probably wouldn’t have survived the week of 20 degree nights stealth camping in Austin Texas that I went through a few years ago if it wasn’t for them and my winter hat and gloves. Also something which is always in my pack.
Other than that, a change of socks and underwear, my Petzl headlamp, a 5×7 tarp, a Thermarest Prolite sleeping pad, a Nike Storm Fit rain jacket, an REI Revelcloud packable jacket, a Sawyer mini water filter and a pair of what I call sleeping socks, socks which only get worn at night when I’m in my sleeping bag rounds out most of the rest of my gear.

Sure there are a few other things, random assorted things clipped inside my pack or stuffed in Ziploc bags near the top where they are easy to get to. The toilet paper and first aid kit, the mini Bic lighter and fire starter cubes. I also have a clip with several safety pins, a GSI plastic spoon, some rubber bands, a small set of nail clippers and a P-51 can opener.  You’ll notice that I didn’t mention a knife of any kind.  Airlines are pretty picky about letting you bring knives on board and I have found that when you are stealth camping in urban environments it is very likely that you will at some point be stopped by the police. Usually when I’m hiking I’ll carry a small Swiss Army knife. I’ve never needed anything more serious no matter the situation but have recently added a Buck Paklite Caper to my gear. Mostly for batoning wood for fires.  But for the Florida Trail I wasn’t able to pack a knife and in the rush before leaving I had failed to mail them ahead to myself. So I was without a knife in the swamps and back country of Florida.

Backpack Gear List

REI Lookout 40 backpack 53 oz
With 3 Liter Camelback water bladder and insulated drinking hose
Ozark Trail 40 degree synthetic mummy bag 32 oz
REI Minamalist Bivy 15 oz
Thermarest Prolite Small Sleeping pad 11 oz
Blue patched Silnylon 5×7 tarp with ropes 11 oz
Nike Storm Fit Rain Jacket 16 oz
Winter hat and gloves 3 oz
Underarmour bottoms lg 6 oz
Underarmour top xl 8 oz
REI Revelcloud Jacket md 12.5 oz
2 Extra Pair socks 6 oz
Petzl Headlamp w/batteries 3 oz
4 tent stakes w/stuff sack 2 oz
Sawyer Mini Water filter 2 oz
32oz Gatorade bottle 1 oz
Toiletries, First Aid Kit 8 oz
Notebook, Guidebook, Pens 32 oz
Swing Trek Umbrella 7 oz
Tent – Freestanding cheap Ebay tent 31 oz

259.5 oz or 16.2 Pounds

Much heavier than I’m normally used to and this is mostly because it is a new, heavier pack with the ability to not only carry more food but which also has a larger water carrying capacity. Florida is notorious for having bad tasting water which no amount of filtering or flavoring would cover and I wanted to be able to camel up when I found clear water.  Also, the cheap tent was a last minute add on. I wasn’t sure how I felt about sleeping in a bivy on the levees in Florida knowing that alligators were so close. As it was one of the hikers ahead of me woke up to the sound of one snoring next to their tent.  So how did the gear hold up?  Most of the gear are old standards that I’ve lived with for years so I knew what to expect. But there were a few newer items that hadn’t been extensively tested before.

Sawyer Mini Water Filter

The first was the Sawyer Mini water filter. Coming in at 2 oz I had used this on only one other two month long backpacking trip along the Oregon coast and it had held up well under the minimal water filtering I had done.  It comes with a squeeze bag for forcing water through the filter as well as a back flush syringe for cleaning out the filter when it becomes clogged. It has a 0.1-micron filter which means I never really have to worry about Giardia, e. coli or salmonella. And the best feature, at least for me, is the threaded end which can be screwed onto most soda and water bottles. This lets you fill your bottle from any source, screw on the filter and squirt the water directly into your mouth.

The biggest drawback, at least on hiking in the Florida swamps, was that the water often had enough silt suspended in it that I had to back flush the filter on an almost daily basis. I’ve heard this complaint from other hikers as well and they say for the slight difference in weight they carry the full Sawyer water filter which doesn’t seem to clog as easily.  This year the swamp was little on the dry side and at least one long stretch had very little in the way of drinkable water. Another hiker had gotten so low that he decided to drink his own urine. He turned around, filled up his Smartwater bottle, screwed on his Sawyer filter and shot a good healthy stream into his mouth.  “Hmm, still salty,” was his only response.  That’s because the Sawyer filters were not meant to filter the salt out of water. Just an FYI if you are thinking about drinking your own urine anytime soon.

Cheap Ebay Tent

I liked this tent mostly because it was freestanding and cost about $20 shipped directly from China.
The problem was that those also seemed to be the only good things about it.  The tent was listed by a few different Chinese Ebayer’s under titles like “Camping Tent Single Layer Waterproof Outdoor Portable UV-resistant Army green” or “Portable Camp Camping Tent Single Layer Waterproof Outdoor UV-resistant 1 Person.”  It was a one person tent that weighed just under two pounds and it could easily be stuffed in a side pouch or rolled up and strapped to the bottom of my pack. I wanted to make a few modifications to it to make it more camouflaged and perhaps add a rain flap over the zipper on the door but there wasn’t time before the trip.  It help up fine in decent weather and even light rain. That’s when I noticed that the floor wasn’t waterproof. This wasn’t a big deal until some of the heavier thunderstorms rolled in. Even though they lasted less than half an hour the wind would force the rain through the walls of the tent and I would end up sleeping in puddles for a while. Thankfully I had my bivy.  The storms also brought out another drawback of this tent. That the poles were weak. In the mornings I would notice that section after section of the poles were splitting and had to be repaired with Gorilla Tape.  But I was glad to have even this cheap tent to keep the hoardes of mosquitos at bay. Even then, sometimes just after sunset, the cloud of them would be so thick outside the tent that I thought they might be able to collectively break the flimsy tent and suck me dry.  Walmart used to sell a Junior Dome freestanding tent for about the same price that was only slightly heavier. It was meant for kids but I used that thing for years before passing it on to someone else. An act I sometimes regret as Walmart has discontinued their production.  Let’s just say that the cheap Chinese tent didn’t make it back from Florida.

No Cook

This hike I decided to go No Cook, meaning that I wouldn’t be packing my pot and stove and that I’d be eating everything cold.  For me this works out really well though I can understand how some people would prefer hot meals.  It meant that I’d never have to resupply fuel and I would have more room in my pack for food.  So what did I eat?  Bagels, cream cheese and sliced salami were most of my big meals. Protein shakes and Multi-Grain breakfast bars were usually my breakfasts and Snickers, Chia seeds and Little Debbie Cosmic Brownies were my snacks throughout the day.

Drinks, besides the protein drinks, were powdered Gatorade for the electrolytes and Crystal Light packets to flavor the water.  The big comfort food for me was the protein shakes. They have become a standard backpacking food for me. I carry about a pound of vanilla whey protein along with roughly the same amount of either non fat dry milk or Nido which is powdered whole milk. I prefer the Nido not only for the extra calories but because it doesn’t foam up as much when shaking the shake.  I make the shakes in my 32 oz Gatorade bottle, great because of its wide mouth. Usually I’ll drink some of the water off the top to make room for the powders. Personally I don’t measure what goes into the bottle. I’ll simply add a roughly equal amount of spoonfuls of powder, mixing it in gently at first to make room for more powder. When I think its ready I’ll just put the cap on and shake violently for a while.  The whey protein is great for repairing the damage to my muscles caused by hiking and generally this is just a tasty shake that I never seem to get sick of, which is pretty important in any foods you carry.  The only drawback was going through airport security. I was pulled aside for a security check and they emptied the contents of my food bag. When the TSA agent pushed everything aside he picked up the ziplock bags of what looked like kilos of cocaine. Luckily he laughed.  That doesn’t mean he didn’t swab down everything I owned looking for traces of drugs though.

All in all the gear held up well.  The tent though was left in a dumpster somewhere in Florida.  I’ll stick with the Sawyer Mini and I may start going No Cook on more of my travels.  The pack was a bit heavy for my tastes. Leaving the southern terminus of the Florida Trail I was carrying four liters of water, roughly 8 ½ pounds, more than I’ve ever carried before, and way too much food. I’ll probably go back to the 30 liter pack I usually use for the next adventure, which will probably be hitchhiking across the US.  And next time I go hiking in Florida I’ll probably pack some bug spray.

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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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By Cameron McKirdy – Survival Bros. Founder

I saw this amazing elk herd when I drove to Del Rey Beach in Gearhart, Oregon.  I parked my Volkswagen Vanagon in the lot, grabbed my HD camera, and snuck up on them all.  I came from the beach, and quietly walked through tall grass from behind to get the shot.  I hope you enjoy my footage.  This is raw news produced for our alternative news community – Survival Bros.  It’s not everyday Mother Nature allows us to see beauty on Earth like this.  Experience it.  Peace and love.

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On outside:

– S Biners

– Blinking Red Light

– Tool Tether

– Grocery Ties

– Compass Keychain Tool

Front pouch:

– LG G2 with Ballistic Shell Gel Case

– Ear plugs

– Wall charger for smart phone

– Superfood pills – Maca, turmeric, bee pollen, B 12

– Duct Tape on card

– Coast Products PX20 Dual Color flashlight with pouch

– Camera Case (Case Logic)

– Kershaw Blur – Tanto Tiger Stripe folding knife

– Leatherman Skeletool

– Moist Wipes for hygiene

– Toothpaste and travel brush

– Chapstick

– Ballpoint Pen

– Listerine Breath Strips

– Sharpie Oil Pain Pen

– Tide Pen for stains

– Large Professional Sharpie Pen

– Coast Products DX356 knife

– Large Bic Lighter

Main Pouch:

– LED LENSER H14 Headlamp

– Dri-Fit Nike Hat – Go Ducks!

– OPTIONAL: Change of clothes, solar panel

– Notebook for ideas, contacts, calculator

– GSI Outdoors Stainless Steel 1 Liter bottle

– Mechanix Wear M Covert Gloves (Large)

Coast Products F611 Survival Knife with glassbreaker

– Camelbak 3 Liter hydration pack

Right Side Pouch:

 – Food Kit, Airborne Plus Energy Mix, raw food bars, honey, protein bars, condoms, vitamins, Chapstick sample, sugar, oatmeal, dish-washing soap, tea, salmon packets, instant soup, microwavable popcorn, and more Antibacterial Moist Wipes

Left Side Pouch: 

– Aluminum Free deodorant, poncho, emergency blanket, Gerber Bear Grylls Survival Kit, spare cell phone and charger, camera charger and camera, shampoo, soap

Notes:  Everyday Carry Backpack items change all the time.  Make something like this for yourself for everyday emergency preparedness.  My pack also has a rain cover, but I have considered buying a medium sized dry bag.  I also carry 3m protective sunglasses, paracord bracelet, keychain with tools, one Hoo-Rag bandana, my wallet, and a mace pen, but the self-defense weapon fell out in my van before filming.  Oh well, I survived.  Please like, comment, and subscribe to the blog and our Survival Bros channel on YouTube.  We are on Facebook too!  Thanks for watching.  Peace and love.

EDC Backpack ItemsPhoto of the full EDC Backpack Gear Setup for Survival Bros.