Aron Lee Ralston was born in October 27, 1975. He is an American outdoorsman, engineer and motivational speaker who survived a canyoneering accident in 2003, During this journey hi got trapped with a stone and was forced to amputate himself his right hand using a lifeless multi-tool to be able to free himself. He was trapped for five days and 7 hours. After he released himself, he needed to rappel way down toward a 20 m sheer cliff, to achieve safety. The event was all recorded by Aron Ralston and later he made an autobiography called “Between a Rock and a Hard Place”
Assuming that he would pass away, he spent five days slowly drinking and eating small amounts of water and food while desperately trying to remove his arm from an 800 lb (360 kg) chock stone. After three days of trying to lift and break the boulder, the dehydrated and delirious Ralston experimented with tourniquets and made some probing light cuts to his forearm without results but on the fourth day he realized that to be able to free his arm he previously had to cut through the bones in it, however, the tools he previously had available were inadequate to take action.
On the fifth day when he ran out of food and water, he consumed his own pee. Suddenly he had the discovery that he could break his own radius and ulna bones making torque against the stone with his stuck arm. He did so and then made his own amputation. Once free, Ralston still needed to get back to his car. He climbed out of the slot canyon in which he had been trapped, rappelled down a 20 m incredible wall one-handed, then hiked outside the canyon during the hot midday sun, and the rest is history.
Now the question is Does Aron Ralston acted in a proper way practicing this extreme sport?
From a safety point of view and even if the accident has given Ralston a lot of fame through media, to the point that there is a feature presentation called “127 Hours Between a Rock and a Hard Place”, Ralston acted unconsciously and irresponsibly because he missed the number one rule of Never to be alone when practicing any type of sports. Once he finished to share with her two female friends at the lake he should have invited to climb with him or to come back to the security of the city. Instead, he kept on searching for the pleasure that gives the adrenaline, going to the Blue John Canyon. The issue is that if he would not have been alone, his friends would have asked for help and Aron Ralston would not have lost his hand and he would still had be practicing his favorite sport with all his members. I believe that Ralston is not any hero. Circumstance forced him to such determination; otherwise he had died in that crack. It is clear that to do what he did anyone has to have guts. However, Ralston acted irresponsibly with himself and such irresponsibility could have dragged another person along, with fatal consequences for both. From my perspective, he was lucky and life gave him a second opportunity. It is good for him not to waste it. His story is an example of what not to do when practicing canyoneering and any other sport. As a general rule, never practice any extreme sport or explore alone because your life, as well as your friends, could be in danger. Always be with someone else because could be the key to be saved by a rescue.
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