American mountaineer and now motivational speaker Aron Ralston knows that a little more intimately than some of us would ever care to imagine. His story, as you might know, is chronicled in the 2010 movie 127 Hours starring James Franco, in which we learn of his adventure, accident, and what he did to survive. An amazing movie that will make you cry and wince in the same scene. If you’ve seen the movie, you know what I’m talking about…
For those unaware, Ralston was hiking through Blue John Canyon in Utah and had just separated with some other hikers when he fell into a narrow ravine with his right hand wedged under a boulder. True to the name of the movie, he spent the next 127 hours trapped, in limbo, not knowing how to free himself of the 800 pound rock that later took 13 men, a winch and a hydraulic winch to remove.
Well, what would you do if your death seemed imminent between a rock and a hard place in a lonely canyon with no one around?
If you haven’t seen the movie, time to watch it. I’ve attached the real Aron Ralston video to this blog post, though you won’t really appreciate it unless you know the context. And if you’ve seen the movie, you know exactly what happens next. An amazing tale of one man who really, truly, with all his soul, knew his time wasn’t up.
What would you do…?