Resources for You, my Outdoorsy Vegan Friends!
Do you have a vegan outdoor-oriented company or blog? I’d love to feature you here! Just send an email with your company info to jessica [at] veganoutdooradventures [dot] com.
Adventurous Vegans I love:
A Wonderful Vegan Life: Eric and Veronica share backpacking stories and tips, recipes, & gear and food reviews in their vegan lifestyle blog.
Backpacking Vegan: Sam Maron is the go-to guy on vegan thru-hiking. Check out his blog, which aims to “make vegan long-distance backpacking more accessible by providing resources, stories, and inspiration from past vegan hikers.”
High Infatuation: Vegan climber/jumper Steph Davis talks gear, shares recipes & answers questions.
Kuntal Joisher Photography: Vegan Mountaineer Kuntal Joisher will be attempting Everest again this spring and he takes seriously amazing photos.
Miss Bellevue Vegan: Vegan outdoor enthusiast, Kristin Wuhrman is the woman behind BEVEGAN® Health Consulting. When she’s not helping people live the healthiest life they can, she’s climbing to Camp Muir on Mount Rainier, running or kayaking.
Strong Hearts Vegan Power: All vegan distance running team dedicated to both physical and social advancement through the vegan lifestyle, athletic development and varied means of activism. We recently ran 50+ strong at Ragnar Cape Cod 2016.
Vegan Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike: Alyssa is planning a flip-flop thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail this year. Check out her blog for more prepping, planning and gear talk.
Vegan on the AT: Three vegan friends, Colton, Stevie & Cheyanne, who have hiked in eight states together so far, are planning on adding fourteen more this year as they thru-hike the Appalachian Trail.
Companies you should check out:
Ascent Climbing: A vegan climbing company in Germany that offers shirts, hoodies and cotton bags. A.C. specializes in “high end” climbing chalk that keeps your hands dryer than common “chalks”. Ascent Chalk comes in a biodegradable refillbag and a refillable plastic bottle. If you love DWS, check out Ascent Climbing´s “MagNet”, a “magnesia net” that dries in minutes. All items are vegan, fair and earth friendly.
MB Guiding: Vegan guide company with trips in two distinct Vancouver Island zones: Coastal and Strathcona. The remote coastal routes include the North Coast Trail and the Nootka Island Trail. A variety of alpine adventures await inside Strathcona Provincial Park.
Outdoor Herbivore: Maker of backpacking meals whose aim is to produce one-pot dried meals using organic, whole food ingredients. All meals are vegetarian and many are vegan, so just be sure to search the vegan options when ordering.
Sweden Outdoor Life: Adventure trips in the mountains of Sweden. Home-dried, gourmet vegan food available on request.
Unived: India’s only vegan approved business. They offer natural vegan supplements, vitamins and protein.
Vegetarian Shoes: Cruelty-free shoes for all occasions, including a few for adventures!
Vegan Wares: Australian shoe company that offers vegan and sustainable footwear, including some hiking boots and shoes
The stuff I swear by:
Adirondack Trails High Peaks Region: This is my go-to book for planning hiking and backpacking trips in the Adirondack High Peaks… my favorite place to spend time. Each trail is described in detail and it even comes with a map of the area. Indispensable.
Darn Tough Vermont Coolmax Vegan Hiking Socks: The best hiking socks I’ve ever owned. And they’re guaranteed for life. What’s better than that?
Hydro Flask Insulated Wide Mouth Stainless Steel Water Bottle: These bottles keep my cold water cold and my hot drinks (vegan hot chocolate on the trail anyone?) hot. For hours and hours. They’re amazing. I definitely recommend getting the straw top, too, if you have trouble drinking from wide mouth bottles without dumping the contents on yourself every time. I may know something about that.
Patagonia Nano Puff Vegan Insulated Jacket: This jacket (along with my Merrell Capras) is my new favorite piece of outdoor gear. I put off buying a Nano Puff for a while because of the price, but I’m so glad I finally got one. It’s so lightweight! It makes a great outer layer for chilly days or a great mid layer for colder days. And the best thing about synthetic insulation? (Besides the fact that it’s good for our feathered friends.) It still keeps you warm, even when it’s wet. I can attest to this!
Merrell Capra Sport Mid Gore-Tex Vegan Hiking Boot: Waterproof, breathable and lightweight. I’m in love with my Merrell Capras. My feet have been completely happy wearing them hiking in the Adirondacks. They’ve kept my feet totally dry, even in the infamous Adirondack Mud Season (a.k.a. spring).
Good To-Go Dehydrated Gourmet Backpacking Meals: Delicious trail meals! The Classic Marinara with Penne is my fave, but the Herbed Mushroom Risotto and Smoked Three Bean Chili are also vegan. These meals make a nice treat after a hard day in the mountains. All you have to do is add boiling water!
PROBAR Base Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Bar: I first got into ProBars by ordering an Ultimate 15 Variety Pack so I could try a bunch of different kinds. My favorite bar is the Peanut Butter Chocolate Base Protein Bar. It’s like a freaking candy bar. I kid you not! I have a serious sweet tooth, especially when I’m busting my butt in the mountains, and this bar is just the thing to give me some much needed energy.If you like peanut butter and chocolate, you won’t be disappointed!