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127 Hours
Between a Rock and a Hard Place
by Aron Ralston

RRP €11.35

127 Hours
Between a Rock and a Hard Place
by Author Name Aron Ralston

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List Price:11.35
Format: Paperback, 198 x 130 x 28mm, 368pp
Publication date: 09 Dec 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
ISBN-13: 9781849833905

Dubray Review

Previously published as Between a Rock and a Hard Place and now filmed as 127 Hours, this is the true story of climber Aron Ralston and his remarkable strength in the face of adversity. Ralston was attempting a solo-climb in the Utah Desert when a boulder suddenly came loose, pinning his right hand against the canyon wall. He had no jacket for the cold at night, very little food or water, and nobody knew where he was. There was no hope of being rescued. Ralston tells in chilling detail the story of his six days of entrapment, self-amputation and subsequent escape which entailed rappelling one-armed down the canyon and hiking six miles before he was found. This is an extraordinary survival story – incredibly moving, inspirational and very well-written. One for the fans of Touching the Void and Into the Wild.

Bobbie Ryan, Dubray Books Bray


On Sunday April 27, 2003, 27-year old Aron Ralston set off for a day's hiking in the Utah canyons. Dressed in a t-shirt and shorts, Ralston, a seasoned climber, figured he'd hike for a few hours and then head off to work. 40 miles from the nearest paved road, he found himself on top of an 800-pound boulder. As he slid down and off of the boulder it shifted, trapping his right hand against the canyon wall. No one knew where he was; he had little water; he wasn't dressed correctly; and the boulder wasn't going anywhere. He remained trapped for five days in the canyon: hypothermic at night, de-hydrated and hallucinating by day. Finally, he faced the most terrible decision of his life: braking the bones in his wrist by snapping them against the boulder, he hacked through the skin, and finally succeeded in amputating his right hand and wrist. The ordeal, however, was only beginning.He still faced a 60-foot rappell to freedom, and a walk of several hours back to his car - along the way, he miraculously met a family of hikers, and with his arms tourniqued, and blood-loss almost critical, they heard above them the whir of helicopter blades; just in time, Aron was rescued and rushed to hospital. Since that day, Aron has had a remarkable recovery. He is back out on the mountains, with an artificial limb; he speaks to select groups on his ordeal and rescue; and amazingly, he is upbeat, positive, and an inspiration to all who meet him. This is the account of those five days, of the years that led up to them, and where he goes from here. It is narrative non-fiction at its most compelling.

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  • Illustrations: black & white illustrations, colour illustrations, maps