Between a rock and a hard place

Nov 11, Allison rated it really liked it. More Books from this Author. This autobiography was about the author and his many accomplishments of being a professional outdoorsman and the events leading up to his arm getting trapped between a boulder and rock wall, which resulted in him cutting off his own arm Not a spoiler, most people know about him from this being such a popular event. I saw the film and was inspired to read the book because I wanted to really FEEL what was going through Aron Ralston's head through his ordeal.

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The story itself is fascinating, as is his life, but I just wish he hadn't told it in such an arrogant way. Hiking in Blue John Canyon one Saturday afternoon April 26, to be exactAron, an experienced mountaineer, got trapped when a lb boulder came loose and pined his right hand to the canyon wall.

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

There's a problem loading this roc right now. 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. None of this is to say that I don't appreciate the art of taking risks and testing the limits of character and mental strength. Shortly after beginning his solo excursion into the canyon, a boulder came loose and pinned Ralston's right arm between it and the canyon wall.

It is quite literally a story of being stuck between a rock and a hard place. It is a free country, and therefore Aron can spend his life doing whatever he wants, he can even repeatedly brush with death. I'm the same age Ralston was when he got stuck in the slot canyon, and I can't imagine being so reckless.

I almost cheer but it's 1am and everyone is in bed so I hold it in, continue smiling anr and follow Arons trek. Went alone, didn't let anyone know where he was going or when he should return, took chances, and he paid the price. A brilliantly written, funny, honest, inspiring, and downright astonishing report from the line where death meets life which will surely take its place in betwen annals of classic adventure stories.

The book also describes Ralston's childhood, how he took up outdoor activities after moving to Colorado from Indianahow he came to be an obsessive outdoorsman and how he left his engineering career at Intel in Arizona to take up outdoor activities as much as possible.

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Despite that, I felt the book was too long based on the main conflict of the story. Ralston is blessed - not only with his life, when he could have easily remained lost in that canyon, but also because of the support and belief of his family and friends.

Sponsored Products are advertisements for products sold by merchants on Amazon. Many of you have seen Hours, a film that took the adventure docudrama world betwee storm.

I expected the book to be an insider view hardd what Aron dealt with while trapped by the boulder. 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.

Now this is an odd reading experience.

I call Ralston a "kid" even though he was my age when he had this accident betwern he shows time and time again that he has learned very few lessons from his great experience of the world. He was ready to accept death. Maybe it's just that I'm not a huge fan of uard. Oh yeah, that guy.

Lincoln Award Nominee Yes, he amputated his arm because he had the wherewithal and the survival skills to remain calm in this massively dire situation. You created this accident.

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Something we hope you'll especially enjoy: However, this book is full betqeen his tales of stupid, arrogant mistakes where he consistently fails to consider the forces and consequences of his actions. Either he got paid, or it was ridiculously repetitive poor writing to keep hearing about his Nalgene water bottle or the brand of skis, poles, gloves, etc that he was using. This meant that he would not be rescued until late the next week, and with his little amount of food and very little water, this meant betweeen certain death.

Customers who bought this item also bought. I truly think everyone befween to read this, regardless of if you think you know the story or not.

The book goes back and forth, in alternating chapters, between Ralston's past experiences and his entrapment in the slot canyonand the efforts of his mother to find him.

It's one of those books that I find inspiring- it really puts things into perspective and makes you see that, really, the troubles in your life are nothing compared to the ordeals some people go through and it really makes you value each day. The author starts out explaining how he got trapped then spends chapters detailing his many climbing and rafting adventures in which he pushed himself and took great risks to himself and others.