127 Hours by Aron Ralston
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.
 

About Aron Ralston

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Aron Ralston, a native of the Midwest, retired from a career as a mechanical engineer at age twenty-six before moving to Aspen, Colorado. Since his accident, he has completed his unprecedented project to climb the fifty-nine Colorado peaks of more than 14,000 feet, alone, in winter. This is his first book.
 
Published September 15, 2004 by Atria Books. 368 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality, Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, Travel. Non-fiction

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And though he leaves Blue John with renewed appreciation for other people — having hallucinated a former girlfriend (Clémence Poésy), various friends and his parents (Kate Burton and Treat Williams) while he was down there — he never really rejected them in the first place.

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The Guardian

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127 Hours Production year: 2010 Countries: Rest of the world, USA Cert (UK): 15 Runtime: 94 mins Directors: Danny Boyle Cas...

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BC Books

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(Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara make appearances as a pair of sweet-faced hikers that Ralston meets.) In April 2003, Colorado native Ralston heads out to Utah’s Canyonlands National Park for his usual pleasurable indulgence and solitary escape into a past-time of fun geological exploration among a ...

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Based on Aron Ralston’s book Between A Rock And A Hard Place, 127 Hours chronicles the five days Ralston spent with his arm pinned underneath a boulder during a solo rock-climbing expedition gone wrong.

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Los Angeles Times

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There is such a tangible life force pulsing through "127 Hours" that it is almost impossible not to be drawn down into Blue John Canyon alongside its star, James Franco, for the real-life ordeal of Aron Ralston, a solo hiker trapped in a remote area of Utah's Canyonlands National Park.

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Entertainment Weekly

Danny Boyle's 127 Hours is a true-life adventure that turns into a one-man disaster movie — and the darker it gets, the more enthralling it becomes.

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The Telegraph

Danny Boyle's 127 Hours runs to 94 minutes, and offers further proof – after Slumdog Millionaire, the film that couldn’t be contained – that this particular director thrives on the rush and push of the chase.

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Christian Science Monitor

What would you do if you were a hiker and a rock slide pinned your arm against a narrow canyon wall and help was nowhere to be found?

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Pajiba

I admire the hell out of Danny Boyle, because he never makes the same kind of film twice, and yet still manages to leave an indelible mark to let you know that you are watching one of his films.

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Tampa Bay Times

James Franco gets most of the screen time as he portrays Aron Ralston, a hiker pinned by a boulder deep in a Utah canyon.

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Boston.com

“127 Hours’’ understands what Ralston had to sacrifice to the gods of mischance — the price he paid for the hubris of going into the desert solo — and by all accounts Ralston understood it as well.

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NY Daily News

The appeal of the grisly but gripping "127 Hours" isn't watching James Franco as a hiker named Aron Ralston find hope in a hopeless situation.

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Slant Magazine

The opening of Danny Boyle's 127 Hours is a split-screen blitzkrieg that collages images of busy stock exchanges, nine-to-fivers moving up and down via escalators, and fools running from the bulls at Pamplona, among other frenetic sights, with scenic shots of Aron Ralston (James Franco) giddily d...

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Star Pulse

Summary:James Franco stars in director Danny Boyle's inspiring survival drama based on the incredible true story of Aron Ralston, who became trapped alone in a Utah canyon for days after slipping on a loose rock, and resorted to extraordinary measures in order to make it out of his dire predicame...

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Star Pulse

‘127 HOURS’ is a film about a real life story pertaining to the triumph of a man named Aron Ralston who defying all odds, was driven to freedom after spending more than five days trapped with his arm pinned between a narrow canyon wall and an immovable boulder in Moab, Utah.

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