[Total: 0 Average: 0/5]You must sign in to vote The desert is one the most hostile environments to exist in due to the scarcity of water. The plants and animals of the desert are adapted to such harsh conditions and for man to exist in the desert he too must adapt to the arid hot landscape. A reliable source of potable water is the single most important element to surviving in this inhospitable environment. In this video, I spend two nights camping primitive style in the Mojave Desert of California with the goal of locating a rumored spring approximately 5 miles (7 km) from my camp. The temperature ranged from a night time low of 62˚F (17˚C) to a high of 94˚F (34˚C). I brought basic food items for the journey which included dry meat, paddle cactus leaf (nopal), sweet potatoes, dry papaya and raw cacao nibs (the papaya and cacao were not shown in the video). I also brought a gourd container full of about 4 liters of fresh water and a 1.5 liter bottle of water as backup for the day’s hike. The hike was about 10 miles round trip from my camp to the spring. I began the hike at noon and expected to arrive in about 3 hours. To my surprise I arrived at about 5:00 pm after stopping twice to rest and once to shoot video. By then I had already consumed over 4 liters of water and was still very thirsty. I drank a little water straight from the spring and collected some in my now empty gourd container. I commenced the hike back to camp at about 6:00 pm and consumed the remaining fresh water during that hike and arrived back at camp at about 8:30 pm after stopping once to rest and once to […]
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