31 Jul '16, 12pm

Desert survival skills: Would you make it out alive? #FundaySunday #BGSR

Desert survival skills: Would you make it out alive? #FundaySunday #BGSR

As we just learned, following birds or digging at the roots of broad-leafed plants are good ways to find water. And while solar stills don't work terribly efficiently, it's possible to get drinkable water through using one. However, the popular belief that cacti can come to your rescue is false. Nester, the survival expert writing for Active Times , says, “You don't get 'water' from cactus; you get a stomachache and vomiting. In movies, you see a cowboy lop off the top of a barrel cactus — a big, beach ball-shaped cactus — dip his ladle in and get a drink of water. That’s not water, though. It’s a noxious fluid that’s very high in alkalis. That’s a problem, because when you’re heat-stressed ... you’re going to further tax your kidneys and plunge yourself deeper into trouble, possibly even into heat stroke. .. You can drink from a barrel cactus, but only one of five varieti...

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