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Sahara Survivor Essay

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During 1994 in Morocco, a runner named, Mauro Prosperi, was lost during a race through the Sahara Desert and survived 9 days alone. During this time, he showed many survivor traits by doing what was necessary to stay alive. The Sahara is tough to survive in due to intense weather and potential predators. Mauro was alone and unprepared with no food, water or shelter. I believe Mauro Prosperi survived 9 days in the Sahara desert due to a combination of luck, survival knowledge, and his strong will to live.


Mauro Prosperi, 34, decided to enter the Marathon de Sables (Marathon of the Sands) in Morocco, the spring (1) of 1994 (3). He was an experienced marathon runner, ...view middle of the document...

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(Cont’d) To Mauro’s surprise, his blood was too thick to bleed out and he had not died when he awoke. This gave him another chance at life and he took it. He kept on toward a mountain range. Three days after leaving the shrine, Mauro found an oasis with water. He took just enough so he didn’t cramp up so he could keep going. Two days after that he ran into nomads who were in the land. They helped Prosperi up and took him to a nearby hospital in Algeria where he had made his way, 130 miles off track. He found out there he had lost 30-40 lbs. (2) and had the first signs of liver failure (3), due to dehydration and nutrition loss.


Why was Mauro Prosperi in this mess in the first place? First and foremost, he was unprepared. He had no water, food or shelter with him incase of emergencies. Second, not following directions. He was supposed to stay put when the sandstorm hit and he kept moving which put him very much off course from where he was. The third reason was the sandstorm itself. There’s always a turn in the events that leads to a survival story and the main turn in this story would be the violent sandstorm.

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Mauro Prosperi did a series of right moves to stay alive as he did through out his nine days wandering the desert. How did he find water, food and shelter? Once he realized he was lost after the sandstorm had passed, he immediately urinated into his empty water bottle. He had just drunk at the checkpoint and knew that specific urination would contain the most water-if worse came to worse. Worse did come to worse and he sipped on the urine-filled water bottle through out the nine days. When he wasn’t sipping on urine, Mauro took out wet-naps from his pack and sucked on them for hydration. (Cont’d).
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(Cont’d) He also noticed dew on foliage in the early mornings or evenings and drank off of those. The dew on leaves and wet naps weren’t enough so he was forced to continue to drink his own urine.

For nutrients he got creative with the land. He hadn’t eaten anything when he reached the Muslim shrine when he spotted two bats. He wrung their necks and drank their blood for nutrients. Choosing to drink the bat’s blood instead of cooking and eating them was smart. He needed the liquid nourishment more than the food nourishment. Cooking and eating the bat may have led to accelerated dehydration. After renewing his will to live, Mauro Prosperi found things to eat raw such as scorpions, snakes and lizards. This, primarily, kept him alive.

Mauro had been in the desert for four days prior to getting lost. He knew without water and the proper equipment that he couldn’t travel during the day. He traveled in the mornings and evenings and took to shade or shelter midday. At nighttime, when Sahara temperatures drop drastically, he buried his body in the sand to keep warm. Mauro Prosperi used the Muslim Shrine and his Italian flag as a form...

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