How to Survive a Desert
Marathon De Sables, or Marathon of the Sands,is one of the toughest foot races on earth. Six marathons back to back, carrying allyour own bedding, food and gear on your back. Brutal. Marathoner Mauro was in the lead, until…This is how you can survive a desert. Number 1: In a sandstorm, stay put. Number 2: Always stay hydrated. If you’re well hydrated, and your pee isclear, like that, a large proportion of thatis going to be fluids that can help hydrateyou. If you’re dehydrated though and your peeis stinking, thick brown colour, that’sjust pure waste product and that’s not goingto help you at all. But Mauro was smart. He drank while he was still relatively hydrated,and horrible though it was, it helped keep him alive. It’s about digging deep, doing the unimaginable,and that’s how these guys were learningthe hard way. Number 3: When night falls, keep warm. Soon as the sun goes, the temperature justplummets and fast. And steadily the heat is going to come throughand heat your core. The important bit to keep warm is just thisbit. You can really feel that warmth coming throughthe ground now. And normally that’s the place where youlose most of your heat. The next day, Mauro decided to strike outinto the desert. Mauro saw something that was a definite signof civilization. Goat droppings. Mauro’s gamble had paid off. The facts speak for themselves. He travelled 300 kilometers, he’d lost aquarter of his bodyweight and he made it backto civilization unassisted. Now, there’s a hero.