ARON LEE RALSTON 127 HOURS IN FRA
In order to survive and get out of the canyon – you have to cut your own hand. It is unlikely that Aron Lee Ralston could have imagined that this would happen to him when he set off to conquer another mountain peak in the Blue John Canyon in Utah. Having wound the amputated limb, he began to descend, where he was accidentally met by tourists from Holland. Aron spent 127 hours in the canyon gorge, sandwiched by a huge boulder, like a beast in a trap.
Aron Lee Ralston was born in 1975 in Indiana, a suburb of Indianapolis. When the boy was 11 years old, his parents moved to Denver, Colorado. Aron studied well, graduated from university and moved to Arizona, where he began working at Intel. It would seem that a good job, a calm, measured life, but the mountains beckoned to Ralston and, having decided to quit, he moved to Aspen, a mountainous state of Colorado. He goes to the mountains, rides a bicycle, goes in for skiing. The mountains haunt him, and Ralston wanted to be the first to conquer all 55 mountain peaks of the state. He decides to do this alone in the winter. However, during the winter of 2003, Aron Lee Ralston did not have time to complete what he planned, the snow began to melt and it became dangerous in the mountains.
In April 2003, Ralston went on another mountain trip. He loved to conquer the mountains alone, so he did not tell his friends or relatives where he was going. Aron wanted to explore the gorge of the Blue John Canyon. He planned to complete his campaign during the day, so he had with him the necessary mountain equipment, a minimum supply of water and food, a set of tools with a folding knife. Leaving the car, Aron continued on his mountain bike, but soon the bike also had to be abandoned. During the descent into the gorge, one of the boulders strongly pressed Ralston’s right hand.
Overcoming the pain, Aron initially tried to free his hand, loosening the boulder. But all attempts were in vain. It did not work to split a huge stone and with the help of a penknife, the boulder crumbled, and it only got worse. Ralston understood that there was no place to wait for help – practically without food and water, with a cell phone useless in the mountains, he could only rely on himself. Immediately he realized that he would have to cut off his hand, but the hope of salvation was burning in his soul. After spending five days in the gorge, he realized that he could die here. Aron suffered from hallucinations, dehydration, hypothermia. He had a video camera with him and he recorded a farewell video for his family and friends. The forces almost left him; only amputation could save him. For this, Aron had the only tool – a dull Chinese-made penknife. Ralston tried to cut his bones with a knife, and after several unsuccessful attempts, he had to break the radius and then the ulna.
Impossible to believe, but he survived. Overcoming pain and shock, bleeding, Aron climbed out of the canyon. Along the way, he met a family of tourists from Holland who called the rescue service. Ralston was taken to the clinic, and rescuers returned to the gorge. They tried to move the boulder, but they failed. A few days later, using the necessary equipment, a huge stone was moved and a cut-off part of Ralston’s hand was taken out. Six months later, celebrating his birthday, Aron Lee Ralston returned to the gorge to dispel the cremated limb dust over the canyon.
The film “127 hours” based on real events.
Aron quickly recovered. He, as before, loved the mountains with all his heart and knew for sure that he would conquer more than one peak, despite his amputated arm. And he fulfilled his dream – he conquered all 55 peaks of the state of Colorado.
The events that happened to him, Aron described in his book “127 hours. Between a rock and a hard place. ” In 2010, director Danny Boyle made the film 127 Hours, taking the book as a basis.
Six years after the tragedy, Aron Lee Ralston met a girl Jessica Trusty. The young people got married, and a year later the son Leo was born into the family. His wife and child helped him to heal completely.
For many, Aron Lee Ralston has become an example of courage, courage and survival in extreme conditions.