Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Aron Ralston

127 Hours: Aron Ralston's Story of Survival


Aron Ralston, an avid outdoors men was traveling through Bluejohn Canyon in Utah when he dislodged an 800 pound boulder trapping and pinning his arm in a crevasse. Imagine this happening to you and the worst part about this is that you didn't tell anyone where you were going. This was Aron Ralston's situation.  

Aron was trapped against the canyon wall and he quickly began to chip away at the boulder with a utility tool (pocket knife) but no progress was being made. After the first night the , Aron's are was so tightly squeezed that everything up to his fingertips was numb.'It’s called compartment syndrome – when the nerves and blood vessels are pinched, so that the tissue goes into necrosis and dies,’ he explains. On the second day he stabbed the dead skin and quickly realized he was going have to cut his arm off. After 5 days without water, Aron had to break his arm because the knife was to dull from chipping the boulder to cut through the bone. Using a a bendy tube from his water pack as a tourniquet he began cutting through skin,cartilage and tendons. After slicing the nerves which was excruciating, he was able to free himself from the boulder but he was not out of danger yet. He then rappelled down a 60ft cliff to the canyon floor where he hiked and fortunately found a family which contacted emergency services. Aron survived and even walked into the emergency room.

This story is very inspiring to me. The courage and perseverance Aron demonstrates is incredible. It makes me wonder if I could do something like that if my life depended on it. I learned that you should always tell someone where you are going. Aron deeply regrets this. 

Ryan Burtch 

Alex Hannaford , " 127 Hours: Aron Ralston's Story of Survival " The Telegraph


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