An excruciatingly thirsty drive through the desert

How long can someone stand in the desert without a drink of water? This is what listeners asked us after our last episode about Claire Nelson, a solo hiker who fell in Joshua Tree National Park and waited for days on the ground for a rescue. In this episode, we deliver the answer in the form of a remarkable story from our archives. In 1905, a prospector named Pablo Valencia reportedly wandered through 110-degree heat in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona for six days before stumbling into a geology camp. He was as close to death as possible while he was still breathing. Its story forever changed our understanding of the limits of human endurance.

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