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Vegan Wilderness Survival? 
17th-Sep-2013 08:28 pm
So, this has been on my mind for years now and so I thought I'd ask this community about it, since y'all seem active and friendly about stuff.

Okay, to preface this, I believe that wilderness survival vegan-style, is totally doable. However, I can't back that up with experience or links to other people's experiences. And that's what bothers me. Not because it makes me doubt the feasibility of vegan wildness survival, but because I think we're lacking in a valuable resource of collective knowledge.

Now, there are a lot of websites and YouTube channels with information related to wilderness survival that is applicable to vegans. Edible and medicinal plants, fire-making skill, shelter, even tracking (you don't have to harm what you track, animals can teach you a lot in the wilderness, such as where to find food and water or what to avoid, even how to minimize your impact on the local ecosystem), etc. Offline in the woods, there are survival courses that allow vegans, but those are still carnocentric.

If you feel like being ethical about things, you're not gonna want to go because of the exploitation. Even just have some moral fibre, you'll be bummed, probably even nauseous. And even if none of that applies, time is being wasted by being focused on learning things not relevant to us (unless you intend to abandon veganism at the first sign of danger, like the straw-vegan in the arguments about apocalyptic scenarios) and possibly not focused on learning other skills that might benefit us more (skills a carnocentric instructor might not know, even).

So I guess my question is multipart:
Does anyone know of any vegan-centric survival course/repositories of info?
Is anyone interested in making such a thing happen? I think it could be a cool blending of ancient skills and herblore along with modern knowledge.
Does anyone have any questions about such things?
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18th-Sep-2013 03:48 am (UTC)
First thing I thought of was foraging with the "Wildman" Steve Brill: he's all about medicinal and wild edible plants.

He leads very popular foraging classes in Central Park.
18th-Sep-2013 04:47 pm (UTC)
Sweet! That looks really useful - part of this project (it's turning into a project for me) is putting together a book list and Brill is definitely going on it!

These books might come in hand for planning an extended wildness trip, food-wise (no harm in bringing food, I'm not going to assume the nightmare scenario of going into the wilderness totally unprepared):
Another Fork in the Trail: Vegetarian and Vegan Recipes for the Backcountry by Laurie Ann March
Lipsmackin' Vegetarian Backpackin' by Christine Conners
Kristen Suzanne's EASY Raw Vegan Dehydrating: Delicious & Easy Raw Food Recipes for Dehydrating Fruits, Vegetables, Nuts, Seeds, Pancakes, Crackers, Breads, Granola, Bars & Wraps by Kristen Suzanne
Vegan Unplugged: A Pantry Cuisine Cookbook and Survival Guide Paperback by Jon Robertson
Also, some ideas on this site, though not vegan-specific/

Two links I know of regarding useful wild plants are:
The University of Michigan's Native American Ethnobotany Database
and the USDA's PLANTS Database

Something I haven't had time to examin is this somewhat paranoid survival site. Part of why I'm interested in this project is separating the paranoid crap that makes everyone associate survival with survivalism/prepping - so maybe, ironically, military survival manuals would be better than preppers/survivalists interpreting them. Again, I want to reiterate that this isn't about prepping, as this actually kind of covers that.
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