Mountaineer Aron Ralston, Aims To Scale All Of The World’s Dangerous Peaks

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Aron Ralston is a famous mountaineer, mechanical engineer, and motivational speaker in the United States who is widely known for surviving a canyoneering accident by cutting off a part of his body- right arm, after being trapped by a boulder.

Biographic Overview Ralston 

A famous mountaineer, Aron Ralston, was born in Marion, Ohio, on October 27, 1975, and raised in a very sound and calm environment.

When he was 12, he and his family relocated to Denver and pursued his studies there.

Ralston attended Cherry Creek High School and learned to ski and backpack. 

After completing his schooling, he went to study at Carnegie Mellon University and availed a degree in mechanical engineering and French, as well as a minor in piano. 

Since his childhood, he has been interested in sports; while at Carnegie Mellon, he worked as a resident assistant, studied abroad, and participated in intramural sports. During the summer, he also worked as a rafting guide.

Ralston started working at a very young age and spent five years working as a mechanical engineer for Intel in Ocotillo, Tacoma, and Albuquerque, but soon after five years, he got exhausted working in major organizations.

During his engineering, he developed mountaineering skills as well, and he left in 2002 to climb Denali. 

To pursue his career as a mountaineer, he relocated to Aspen, Colorado. He began working toward his goal of soloing and wintering all 59 of Colorado’s “fourteeners” – peaks exceeding 14,000 feet (4,270 m) in elevation. 

The fact is that, after embarking on the career of mountain climbing, he had to go through many challenges but faced every struggle and problem with determination and courage. 

As per the report, in 2003, Ralston and his skiing buddies Mark Beverly and Chadwick Spencer were caught in a Grade 5 avalanche on Resolution Peak in Colorado. 

Luckily, no one was gravely harmed, but his friends did not speak to him right after the incident due to his lack of risk management strategy. 

He Is Passionate For Being Mountain Climber

As mentioned above, Aron Ralston was passionate and enthusiastic about his career. For this, he chose to leave that life behind and relocated to Colorado to pursue his ambition of mountain climbing. 

Ralston made a goal to climb the “fourteeners,” Colorado’s 59 mountains that rise beyond 14,000 feet, and in no doubt, with courage and determination, he earned the name of becoming the first person to solo climb all of them in the winter in 2005. 

There is no doubt that throughout his life, he earned massive success and a reputation all over the world due to his courage and hard work.

He Met With An Incident Of Canyoneering In 2003

Aron Ralston was canyoneering alone through Bluejohn Canyon in eastern Wayne County, Utah, on April 26, 2003, which is located to the south of the Horseshoe Canyon area of Canyonlands National Park.

While he was coming down through the mountain,  a  dangling boulder loosened and struck him on the body, and the boulder smashed his left hand on the canyon wall before crushing his right hand.

As he had not informed anyone of his trekking plans, he had no way of contacting anyone to rescue him.

Aron spent five days carefully, while he had only water to drink, and lived there by taking a sip of a short amount of water without intaking anything solid.

As per the report, he has some small bit of food, and two burritos, which he ate along with water while repeatedly attempting to remove his tangled arm.

But the fact is that regardless of his utmost struggle, his efforts were useless since he couldn’t remove his arm from the 800 lb (360 kg) chockstone. 

Ralston, dehydrated and delirious after three days of attempting to lift and shatter the boulder, planned to amputate his trapped arm at a spot on the mid-forearm in order to escape.

And after getting stuck for five days, he decided to cut his own arm to liberate himself, and for this, he fractured his arm bones and cut them with a pocketknife, then rappelled down a cliff wall and trekked out of the canyon. 

The incident caught the media limelight, and he was nominated for the Oscar award for the film “127 Hours,” starring James Franco.  He is known as a motivational speaker and gives an influential message and advice to the youngsters of the country.

What is Canyoneering

Canyoneering is a style of mountaineering that entails traveling through canyons in which a numerous range of techniques are included, like walking, scrambling, climbing, jumping, abseiling (rappelling), and swimming.

However,non-technical things are also included, such as canyon hiking, which is considered to be canyoneering.

More importantly,  the terms canyoning and canyoneering are more commonly associated with technical descents such as abseils and ropework, technical climbing or down-climbing, technical jumps, or technical swims.

He Made Numerous Appearance After The Incident

This great spirit gave him more fame, and after enduring the incident and being patient for five days and cutting his arm when he found no solution to liberate himself.

Since then after the incident, Ralston made multiple media appearances following the disaster.

He appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman on July 21, 2003, and his story was featured in GQ’s “Men of the Year” and Vanity Fair’s “People of 2003.” 

In addition, a book was published in 2004, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, which was an autobiographical book on Ralston’s experience written by Atria Books, giving him tribute and telling his strength and spirit for his career.

The book was appreciated, and the ‘The New York Times’ Hardcover Nonfiction list ranked it third; it was also the best-selling memoir in New Zealand and Australia, while it is the seventh best-selling book of all time in the United Kingdom.

However, Ralston’s experience was featured after a passing incident of one month in a two-hour episode of Dateline NBC called “Desperate Days in Blue John Canyon.” 

Aron caught media attention on various shows such as The Today Show, Good Morning America, and The Tonight Show, starring Jimmy Fallon thrice. 

He has also appeared on CNN’s American Morning with Bill Hemmer, Minute to Win It, Anderson Cooper 360°, CNN Saturday Morning, Enough Rope, and CNBC with Deborah Norville.

On the radio show The Bob Rivers Show on September 28, 2004, he described his ordeal as “six days of anguish and horror.”

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