Between A Rock and A Hard Place

Ralston, Aron

Book - 2004
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Between A Rock and A Hard Place
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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 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. He'd earned this weekend vacation, and though he met two charming women along the way, by early afternoon he finally found himself in his element: alone, with just the beauty of the natural world all around him. It was 2:41 P.M. Eight miles from his truck, in a deep and narrow slot canyon, Aron was climbing down off a wedged boulder when the rock suddenly, and terrifyingly, came loose. Before he could get out of the way, the falling stone pinned his right hand and wrist against the canyon wall. And so began six days of hell for Aron Ralston. With scant water and little food, no jacket for the painfully cold nights, and the terrible knowledge that he'd told no one where he was headed, he found himself facing a lingering death-trapped by an 800-pound boulder 100 feet down in the bottom of a canyon. As he eliminated his escape options one by one through the days, Aron faced the full horror of his predicament: By the time any possible search and rescue effort would begin, he'd most probably have died of dehydration, if a flash flood didn't drown him before that. What does one do in the face of almost certain death? Using the video camera from his pack, Aron began recording his grateful good-byes to his family and friends all over the country, thinking back over a life filled with adventure, and documenting a last will and testament with the hope that someone would find it. (For their part, his family and friends had instigated a major search for Aron, the amazing details of which are also documented here for the first time.) The knowledge of their love kept Aron Ralston 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. Between a Rock and a Hard Place-a brilliantly written, funny, honest, inspiring, and downright astonishing report from the line where death meets life-will surely take its place in the annals of classic adventure stories.

Publisher: New York : Atria Books, c2004
Edition: 1st Atria Books hardcover ed
ISBN: 9780743263542
0743263545
9780743492812
0743492811
Branch Call Number: 796.52230289 R164b 2004
Characteristics: xiii, 354 p. :,col. ill., maps ;,25 cm

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Trapped in a remote spot in the Utah canyon lands, Ralston had to undertake an unthinkable act of bravery to save himself.


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Aug 21, 2014
  • Oicks rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Loved when the story focused on Aron's survival, but the side stories were boring and filled up half the book. The second half of the book was full of excitement and easy to get through, but it was almost painfully boring to get through the beginning.

Jul 21, 2014

July 20, 2014..... (Audiobook) I haven't listened to all of this story, just caught parts of it while my hubby was listening, but wow, pretty intense. This fellows amazing will to live and his ability to think through, and enable himself to survive in such circumstances is amazing...... I'm sure I would have died....... I'm going to have to listen to the whole thing sometime. Another one for my later shelf! - See more at: http://crowsnestpass.bibliocommons.com/item/show/280451040#sthash.A9YFnN7X.dpuf

Mar 29, 2014

This book would be much better if the focus was on the survival story itself. I found the other stories (climbing 14000'ers in Colorado, mountain biking in Moab etc) to take away from the drama at hand, more of a self promotion than anything else. Nonetheless a great book about survival though nowhere near the depth of writing and emotion of Joe Simpson's 'Touching the Void'

Aug 11, 2012
  • jesselapointe rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. I love how you can really feel his passion for the outdoors. Also, the honest way in which he relates his meditations while trapped in the cave. You should read this book if you enjoy the outdoors and/or sports because it's about pushing yourself and having a passion for life. I thought the film was good too.

Apr 04, 2012
  • carolynv rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is an amazing, impossible-to-put-down story! If you love stories of people beating impossible odds, you'll love this one.

Apr 01, 2012

well i think its would be a good book if they put pictures of the cover up.

Mar 12, 2012

This book describes the profound experience of a man who goes solo rock climbing and becomes trapped when a falling boulder pins his arm to a rock wall. This is more than a book about survival; it's a book about the psychological progressions of hope, anger, doubt, triumph, hopelessness, and victory. You really feel a part of Aron Ralston's struggle when reliving his accident in a Utah canyon. If you can get through the parts that make several people squeamish, this book is totally worth it.

Aug 23, 2011

NYTimes best seller

Jan 04, 2011

The film “127 Hours“ was based on Aron Ralston’s harrowing tale of how he survived a hiking accident by sawing off his forearm with a dull blade.

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Aug 11, 2012
  • jesselapointe rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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