Wednesday, 12 January 2005

Between A Rock and A Hard Place by Aron Ralston

Tales of survival don't come much better documented than Between A Rock and A Hard Place by Aron Ralston; after all, how many people remember to photograph their hand and wrist trapped between a rock and a canyon wall after they've cut it off using a pocket knife?

In "Between A Rock and A Hard Place", Aron Ralston writes candidly about the week he spent with his arm trapped by a boulder, with only minimal equipment. Initially dismissing the idea of cutting off his own arm, he finally has to as the only way to survive. The story is interwoven with memoirs of his previous adventures. Like all good adventure/survival tales, Aron also drinks his own urine.

A must for any outdoor fans, or anyone who enjoyed reading Joe Simpson's "Touching the Void". Not for the squeamish (Sarah won't let me show her the photographs).

For more about Aron, visit the book's official site, Aron Ralston: Between A Rock And A Hard Place, or his Geocities page, Aron's Optimal Experiences On-Line, which predates the canyoning incident.

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