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Between a Rock and a Hard Place. by Aron Ralston. I watch dawn pushing its way into the canyon. It is Thursday, May 1 - day six of my ordeal. This books ( Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place [PDF]) Made by Aron Ralston About Books Hard to Find book To Download Please. Berlin during the breach of the wall; in Beijing during the brief thaw between the death of Between a Rock and a Hard Place is not a novel, and it contains no.
When writing about his winter fourteener project - an attempt to solo climb all of the mountains feet or higher in Colorado - he sounds like a typical priveleged mountaineer, full of bravado with no reason to risk his life. He's a bored child in a huge playground. I guess I should reserve judgement on that particular matter, but I can't overlook his reckless endangerment of friends and strangers alike on some of his outings. While on a hike with two guys he meets south of the Grand Canyon, he jumps foolhardy into the ragin Colorado River and nearly kills himself and endangers his two companions who save him from the current.
Later on, the same year of his accident, , he skis down a slope in Colorado against the better judgement of himself and his friends and then beckons them to follow.
When the avalanche nearly kills one of his friends - Mark, a search and rescue expert, who expressed his ambivalence about Aron's fourteener project - Aron admits that he's done wrong and acted foolishly, but we're not convinced that he'd do it any differently if given the chance. So, I don't especially like the guy, but I did find some redeemed bits in his book.
I found his detailed account of the ordeal in the canyon to particularly revelatory about the decay of the human mind and body in such situations. Ralston is intuitive and highly resourceful as a survivalist if not as a writer and his very specific descriptions of his attempts to break the chockstone or lift it from his arm are intriguing. His intensity and will to live shine through in his observations.
This is a man who wants to live, but knows he will, in all likelihood, die if not for a great amount of skill and luck. The 2 story lines are both stylistically and emotionally quite different and left me with 2 different impressions.
Eventually, I became riveted to the entrapment and bypassed what at times seemed trivial and less worthy of so many pages. Furthermore, I found myself growing judgmental after Aron describes episodes of jumping into the Colorado River and nearly drowning, having a near-death experience in an avalanche, becoming trapped alone on a mountainside in a thunderstorm, and so on.
Having met the man in person, I feel more comfortable with my impression of him from that particular vantage point than from his penned self-analyses. If he were in any way reckless before, he does not seem reckless now.
This book is about more than making choices; it is about the will to live. If he had been with a companion and if a rescue had been mounted as soon as possible, it still would have taken many hours to free him and, given the forces involved, the outcome would have likely been the same, perhaps without the dehydration and the postamputation infection. When I cared for a teenager recently with a fracture dislocation of his ankle, I pictured the same injury in a solo hiker 50 miles into the backcountry.
What would I do? Aron informed me that he would like to pursue the career of an adventure writer. His actions cost him his hand but will undoubtedly save the hands, lives, and perhaps even souls of others. I truly hope that he makes a swift transition to personal tales devoid of catastrophe or becomes like John Krakauer, who can spin a story from history and the experiences of others.
Aron has already done us a huge service by sharing in a very straightforward manner what it is like to face near-certain death yet conquer your fears and move on. I will follow his career with great interest. Paul S. Hall, Steven L.
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