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Aron Ralston's searing account of his six days trapped in one of the most remote locations in America, and how one inspired act of bravery brought him home. What started out as a simple hike in the canyonlands of Utah on a warm Saturday afternoon would become six days of hell. At 2:41 PM, located in a deep and narrow slot canyon eight miles from his truck. A wedged boulder came loose while he was climbing down off of it, and pinned his right hand and wrist against the canyon wall.

With scant water and little food, no jacket for the painfully cold nights, and the terrible knowledge that he didn't tell anyone where he was headed, he found himself facing a slow, painful, and lingering death whilst trapped by an 800-pound boulder 100 feet down in the bottom of a canyon. Through the days he eliminated his escape options one by one, only to face the full horror of his predicament: by the time any possible search-and-rescue effort would get underway, he would either be dead of dehydration or have drowned in a flash flood.

When one is facing a near certain death, what does one do? Aron began recording his grateful good-byes to his family and friends across the nation, thinking back over a live filled with adventure, along with documenting a Last Will and Testament with the hope that someone would find it. Unbeknownst to him-at the time-his family and friends had started a major search for Aron, which are also documented here for the first time. The knowledge of their love gave Aron Ralston the will to live through the ordeal, until a divine inspiration on the sixth morning [Thursday] solved the riddle that the boulder posed, committing the most extreme act imaginable to save himself.

Between a Rock and a Hard Place is one of the most extraordinary survival stories ever told, and this extraordinary survival story is now a major motion picture.

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  • Genre: Sports
  • Theme(s): Horror
  • Author: Aron Ralston
  • Publisher: Atria Books
  • ISBN: 0743492811
  • Hardcover Release
    North AmericaSep 7, 2004
  • Papercover Release
    North AmericaAug 30, 2005
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