Aron Ralston’s 127 hours

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

About Mr Half Dome - Rick Deutsch

Mr Half Dome. Has written the only half dome hiking guide, One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome. Has hiked it 31 times to day. Lives in San Jose, CA Available for presentations. Carpe Diem Experience, LLC
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  1. mrhalfdome says:

    You’re a sick puppy Randy. Let’s all get robo-arms and go big wall climbing.

  2. Randy says:

    If the movie is as excruciating to watch as the book was to read, then it should get some kind of award, hands down. The only other book I’ve ever read that even comes close is “Touching the Void”, although “Angles in the Wilderness” was close.

    By the way, I saw an interview of Aron Ralston once, and he said that his new artificial arm actually makes him a better climber. It actually has tools built in almost like a bionic mulit-tool. Almost makes you want one for yourself 😉

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