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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?
18th-Sep-2013 04:25 pm (UTC)
Err, I'm not talking about a comprehensive course, though... just a vegan-specific one. Nor am I talking about survivalists. Preppers and off-gridders may find the info I'm trying to compile useful, but it's NOT aimed at them so much as vegans who might find themselves in a car crash or vegans who want to 'rough it' for a bit. A lot of what I'm thinking of are basic skills - making a fire, finding and purifying water, what to eat and not eat, where to set up camp, etc. Most survival courses I've seen and participated in (in college) seem to be springboards to the type of individualized learning you're talking about. And there are specialized courses, not just generalized ones... but that's all tangential to what I'm getting at here and I'd appreciate it if we don't derail further.

I'm not even asking you for suggestions on how to survive, unless you feel like writing something detailed and original relating to what I'm asking about. I'm asking you for links to resources and people that can help other people doing so. Something we can put together and point curious vegans at. Your suggestion to, "decide what skills you'll need, list them in order of importance, and find a way to bang them out," is unhelpful for a number of reasons. Please reread my post instead of telling me things I'm already aware of or assuming I'm talking about survivalists/preppers, lol.

And since you claim to have some knowledge of wilderness survival, how about you share some links and such, please? Maybe book recommendations? While I agree about the paranoia inherent in survivalists, that's really off-topic from what I'm trying to get at here :(
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