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    Between a Rock and a Hard Place: My Survival in Blue John Canyon (Hardback) By (author) Aron Ralston


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    DescriptionThe unforgettable survival story of the year -- the astonishing, day-by-day account of Aron Ralston's terrible accident, self-amputation, rescue and recovery. On Saturday, 26 April 2003, Aron Ralston, a 27-year-old outdoorsman and adventurer, set off for a day's hike in the Utah canyons. Eight miles from his truck, he found himself in the middle of a deep and remote canyon. Then the unthinkable happened: a boulder shifted and snared his right arm against the canyon wall. He was trapped, facing dehydration, starvation, hallucinations and hypothermia as night-time temperatures plummeted. Five and a half days later, Aron Ralston finally came to the agonising conclusion that anyone who was looking for him was not going to find him in time. He then made the most difficult decision of his life: his only hope was to amputate his own arm and get himself to safety. Miraculously, he survived. Between A Rock And A Hard Place is more than just an adventure story. It is a brave, honest and above all inspiring account of one man's valiant effort to survive, and is destined to take its place among adventure classics such as Touching The Void.

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    Between a Rock and a Hard Place
    My Survival in Blue John Canyon
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Aron Ralston
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 368
    Width: 153 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    ISBN 13: 9780743263535
    ISBN 10: 0743263537

    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: BGA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0A
    BIC subject category V2: BTP
    BISAC V2.8: BIO000000
    DC22: 796.52092
    Illustrations note
    col. Illustrations, maps
    Simon & Schuster Ltd
    Imprint name
    Simon & Schuster Ltd
    Publication date
    04 October 2004
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Aron Ralston grew up in the Midwest before moving to Colorado when he was twelve, where he became an avid climber, canoeist and skier. He gave up a career as a mechanical engineer in 2002 to return to the mountains. Ralston has climbed over 100 Colorado peaks of more than 13,000 feet, and since his accident has gone back to climbing to continue his life of adventure and discovery.
    Review text
    This is a remarkable tale of a man's inventive will to live and in its recounting will hold you captive in its pages just as the author, Aron Ralston, was imprisoned by a falling rock that pinned his right arm and wrist to a canyon wall. Hiking a remote back-country canyon of Utah, Aron found himself in a riddle of existence, survival and death. Every aspect of his life as a 27-year-old outdoorsman and adventurer seemed to lead to this moment, as if this is what he was looking for. With all possible options of escape exhausted, his water depleted and rescue unlikely, 'slipping away' seemed the only conclusion. With nothing to do but survive hour by hour and contemplate, Aron found the answer to his riddle in front of his nose. His vice was also his salvage. It is an intriguing story of self-examination, honest and revealing, without fear of exposing the short-comings of his human spirit. (Kirkus UK)