Between a Rock and a Hard Place
by Aron Ralston
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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 afte

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Ralston realised that by moving his body weight around against the boulder he could snap the ulna and radius one after the other. Then it was only a matter of stabbing through the skin and carefully cutting away the tendons and arteries. He applied a tourniquet to stall the blood loss. “Prodding and pinching, I can distinguish between the hard tendon and ligaments, and the soft, rubbery feel of the more pliable arteries,” he writes. “I should avoid cutting the arteries until the end if I can help it at all. Why did I have to suffer all this extra time? God, I must be the dumbest guy to ever have his hand trapped by a boulder. It took me six days to figure out how I could cut off my arm.”