"It's 3:05 on Sunday, April 27, 2003. This marks my twenty-four-hour mark of being stuck in Blue John Canyon. My name is Aron Ralston. My parents are Donna and Larry Ralston, of Englewood, Colorado. Whoever finds this, please make an attempt to get this to them. Be sure of it. I would appreciate it."
One of the most extraordinary survival stories ever told -- Aron Ralston's searing account of his six days trapped in one of the most remote spots in America, and how one inspired act of bravery brought him home.
It started out as a simple hike in the Utah canyonlands on a warm Saturday afternoon. For Aron Ralston, a mountaineer and outdoorsman, a walk into the remote Blue John Canyon was a chance to find himself in his element: alone, with just the beauty of the natural world around him.
In a deep and narrow slot canyon, Aron was climbing down off a wedged 800-pound boulder when it terrifyingly came loose, pinning his right hand and wrist against the canyon wall.
What does one do in the face of almost certain death? The knowledge of his family's and friends' love kept him alive, until a divine inspiration on Thursday morning solved the riddle of the boulder. Aron then committed the most extreme act imaginable to save himself....Continua
I was fascinated by Aron's story so I bought the book and want to know how he describes from his own personal experience. It turned out that he writes about a lot of his trips before the accident - he could have died a thousand times because he just likes thrills and excitement. He is touched by Chris McCandless's story. Me too! So I feel like I've struck a chord with Aron and I feel I can totally relate to his experiences.
What I didn't expect is that I cried again reading the part about his mum. Gosh I've changed to becoming a mellow person now. When I was alone in a foreign land, I always remind myself of Aron's story and I keep telling myself to stay safe. I've changed. Not the person who just wants to seek exitement anymore.
English is my second language and his writing is a little bit hard for me to follow....Continua
I'm not an "adventurous type", still, I find the spirit of people like Ralston or McCandless very much alike mine. Loved it. It's inspiring, and it made me meditate about what is selfish and what is not.
How could someone be so passionate towards and would never stop doing, or even thinking about, outdoor actions? Ralston saturated his live with mountaineering, skiing, rafting, canyoneering, everything that you can or can't think of for the outdoors. The dedication is so impressive.
Maybe these are the drives behind: "...... open to what that day was giving me and accept it", and "...... open to whatever was there for me to discover led to awareness and delight, even when conditions were rough". Challenges and situations are overcome one by one, yet another challenge comes up. Ralston's freeing himself and getting himself out of the canyon, improvising what equipment he had with him and what skills he had about the outdoors, demonstrates that he had been born for adventures.
What Erik Meijer, one hiker from Holland that Ralston met when hiking out of the Canyon who had helped him, said about Ralston, are probably the attributes of Ralston that had got him out of the entrapment and found rescue: "He exactly knew what he was doing, what he wanted and where his limits were even after going through all this", and it seems that these are much related to his passion for adventure....Continua
I saw the movie first. Love it. The directing, cinematography, music and acting are superb. I think Danny Boyle deserves another Oscar nod. And so does James Franco.
I am so moved by the perseverance and stamina of Aron Ralston that I had to read his memoir to relive his tormenting experience. Surprisingly, he writes very well. This candid account of his entrapment in the Blue John Canyon is a brilliant autobiography and an ultimate celebration of strength, dignity and humanity....Continua