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Discussion On Wild Bunch Dispatch Issue #82 Starts HERE At 6:30pm Mountain Time!

September 14, 2022

The Q&A portion of the Wild Bunch Dispatch will be held on this page from 6:30pm to 8:00pm (Mountain Time) today.  Any questions you might have on the 82nd issue (Ten Preps That Will Save Your Life During A Grid Down Event) please post here and I will try to answer them to the best of my ability.  Some ground rules:

1)  Please stick to the subject matter of the newsletter.

2)  This is not a debate forum.  If you have some concerns I’m happy to address them, but I can’t get into a long circular debate while other people have questions.

3)  If I do not respond to your question immediately, don’t freak out.  I’ll get to it, don’t worry.

4)  Try to keep to one or two questions each time you write a post.  Please refrain from essay-long multi-question posts.  It is much appreciated. 

I will begin discussion at exactly 6:30pm Mountain time.  Looking forward to your questions and thoughts on the Wild Bunch Issue #82.  If you missed out on this discussion you can still subscribe for the next issue and participate.  For more information on how to subscribe, visit the link HERE.


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    Brandon Smith September 14, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    Discussion is now open on Wild Bunch Issue #82.

  • Byron September 14, 2022 at 6:32 pm

    Do you have recommendations on high-quality sleeping bags?

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      Brandon Smith September 14, 2022 at 6:37 pm

      Anything with the down that compacts easily and is water resistant. REI tends to have those kinds of bags, but they generally run around $300 or more. It’s worth it in my opinion. A good bag along with a gortex bivy sack is almost like having a portable house. It will keep you warm almost anywhere.

  • Grumpy September 14, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    How does one store rice for long (really long) haul?

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      Brandon Smith September 14, 2022 at 7:45 pm

      I would go with 5 gallon buckets with gamma lids and moisture absorbers inside. That’s a lot of rice in one bucket and it will store for 10 years+.

  • JB September 14, 2022 at 7:57 pm

    Do you have any experience with freeze dryers for long term food storage?

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      Brandon Smith September 14, 2022 at 8:06 pm

      A little. They work well as long as you are dealing with food that is cut up relatively small. They are rather expensive and some of them require a special oil. But if you plan on drying a lot of your own food it would probably save you a good amount of money over buying something like Mountain House meals.

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    Brandon Smith September 14, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    Discussion is now closed on Issue #82. Thanks to all those subscribers who participated. If you missed out on this issue or would like to subscribe to The Wild Bunch Dispatch to receive future issues, visit the subscription page HERE.

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