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other food sources above 10,500?

Postby jallen » Fri Jun 29, 2012 6:33 pm

Anyone have any expertise in identifying food sources (besides fish) in the eastern sierras above 10,500? I'll be heading up the Piute Pass trail, then over to l. deso, or tomohawk, or mesa... not sure yet. Anywho... we thought it would be fun to scrounge up some backcountry morsels as sort of a fun competetion. I'm familiar with wild onions, dandelions, and some mushrooms, but other than that I don't have much experience. Is there anything available at that location and elevation? Thanks for the help.



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Re: other food sources above 10,500?

Postby rlown » Fri Jun 29, 2012 6:50 pm

Mushrooms are probably gone by now. Not sure about the other ingredients you mention as I didn't see them there. You might find the onions near the lakes, but we didn't smell the smell, so to speak, and we carry our own onions.

EDIT: there is "miners lettuce" up there. I ate that as i traveled the path.

Do you like Lichen soup? I've never tried it. They're everywhere.

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Re: other food sources above 10,500?

Postby walkdawg » Sat Jun 30, 2012 4:15 pm

The rolled up tips of ferns are edible but the leaves themselves are toxic. I have eaten them myself. They don't have much flavor.

DISCLAIMER: BE VERY SURE OF WHAT YOU ARE EATING. DO YOUR HOMEWORK. "Survivor Man" Les Stroud said that there is some plant growing in the Sierra that looks just like Onion but is toxic. Onions smell like Onions. If it doesn't smell like an Onion, don't eat it.
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Re: other food sources above 10,500?

Postby rlown » Sat Jun 30, 2012 5:17 pm

There is this book, circa 1976 from Wilderness Press and probably a newer copy out there:

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Even though the book doesn't explicitly call out the Sego Lilly, I know they are in the Barney Lk area that leads up to Peeler Lk. Even Morels there but I think that season has come to a close with the lack of snow this year.

I didn't see any sign on the way up Piute pass, but I go in Sept and there wouldn't be any flowers or shrooms available at that time.

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Re: Backcountry morsels

Postby Ikan Mas » Tue Jul 03, 2012 12:40 pm

Not a heck of a lot of vegetation over 10.5 and I think the pickins are slim, aside from fish.
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Re: Backcountry morsels

Postby maverick » Tue Jul 03, 2012 5:01 pm

HST= Wilderness Adventurer who knows no bounds, except for their own imagination.

Have a safer backcountry experience by using the HST ReConn Form 2.0, named after Larry Conn, a HST member: http://reconn.org
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Re: other food sources above 10,500?

Postby jallen » Wed Jul 04, 2012 9:31 pm

walkdawg wrote:The rolled up tips of ferns are edible but the leaves themselves are toxic. I have eaten them myself. They don't have much flavor.

DISCLAIMER: BE VERY SURE OF WHAT YOU ARE EATING. DO YOUR HOMEWORK. "Survivor Man" Les Stroud said that there is some plant growing in the Sierra that looks just like Onion but is toxic. Onions smell like Onions. If it doesn't smell like an Onion, don't eat it.


Walkdawg- thanks for the tip on onions. Never knew that. Thanks to everyone else as well. I know there's not much to choose from but we'll do the best we can.
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