Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
Today I snuck out and saw the Aron Ralston movie “127 hours.” To refresh you, he is the guy who was solo canyoneering in Utah’s Canyonlands National Park about 4 hours from any human contact. It was a pretty good reenactment of his plight. His book that all this is based on is “Between a rock and a hard place.” Usually that trite phrase is overused – but he really was. See, he actually did have his right arm wedged in by a fallen boulder. He spent 127 hours trying to extricate himself while nursing his 1 liter of water and hallucinating.
I won’t ruin it for you, but remember the phrase “It isn’t a slurpee.” If we can get a message from this it’s be prepared and leave a note where you are going. Harks back to the blog 2 days ago abut the Santa Cruz woman who spent 6 nights in a ravine. I saw the real Aron on Jay Leno. He seems like a nice guy who just got in a bad situation. He’s out doing wacky things again with his prosthetic device. And he does carry a personal locator beacon with him. If you don’t stay for the credits, catering was provided by “The Pig Boys.” Oh, I wouldn’t eat a lot of pasta with red sauce before the movie!
I just got my new issue of National Geographic. Cover story is “Population 7 Billion; How your world will change.” I haven’t read it yet, but I’m sure the Half Dome cable crowding is one result.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Walking takes longer… than any other known form of locomotion except crawling. Thus it stretches time and prolongs life. Life is already too short to waste on speed.” – Edward Abbey
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com