Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron RalstonRalston's story is one of the most gut-wrenching and compelling real-life adventures in recent years: in early , the avid rock-climber and outdoorsman became trapped in a Utah mountain canyon when an pound boulder pinned his right arm. He spent six days there, fighting both the physical challenges of pain and dehydration, and the psychological horror that eroded his hope and energy. Eventually, he amputated his own arm with his pocket knife in order to gain his freedom. It's a truly remarkable story, and hearing Ralston retell it is alternately fascinating and unbearable. After a brief setup that details his life as an adventurer, he arrives at his moment of horror, walking the listener in painstaking detail through everything he felt and thought; his honest and blunt language " 'What are you doing, Aron? Get that knife away from your wrist! Although squeamish listeners might find this audio presentation too overwhelming, it's a riveting document of one man's extraordinary trial.
Book Review: Between a Rock and a Hard Place - Aron Ralston
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A totally inspiring and moving true story, which was cringe-worthy in parts. This book has some strong messages to take with you on your own travels. I will never be far from my phone and I will always let my family know where I am going! I gave this book a four-star rating as it was extremely well written and was very emotional in places. When he was leaving small videos on this camera for his family I had to wipe a tear or two from my face. Dressed in a t-shirt and shorts, Ralston, a seasoned climber, figured he'd hike for a few hours and then head off to work. As he slid down and off of the boulder it shifted, trapping his right hand against the canyon wall.
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I watch dawn pushing its way into the canyon. It is Thursday, May 1 - day six of my ordeal. I cannot believe I'm still alive. I should have died days ago. Without any task or stimulus, I'm no longer living, no longer surviving.
Rate this book. From the book jacket: 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. Comment: This book sat on my desk for some weeks before I eventually opened it up - the reason I delayed was that, frankly, I thought I knew enough of about the story having read the newspaper reports at the time Aron Ralston, an experienced climber on a routine day hike in the Utah Canyons gets his arm caught between a falling boulder and a canyon wall, and after a harrowing six days, cuts his own arm off, rappels back down the cliff face and walks out of the canyon to find help. However, eventually I picked it up and read through the first chapter, and there went my productivity for the afternoon! I must admit that I skipped over some of the latter details, and found some parts of the tale a little overwrought but I'm not the one with my hand stuck under a boulder!
Rate this book. A brilliantly written, funny, honest, inspiring, and downright astonishing report from the line where death meets life which will surely take its place in the annals of classic adventure stories. 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 twenty-seven-year-old mountaineer and outdoorsman, a walk into the remote Blue John Canyon was a chance to get a break from a winter of solo climbing Colorado's highest and toughest peaks.