published Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Man recounts story of cutting off his own arm

by Cliff Hightower
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    Aron Ralston speaks Wednesday during the American Red Cross Hometown Heroes luncheon at the Chattanooga Convention Center. Ralston was trapped for 127 hours in a canyon, and had to remove his arm to free himself.
    Staff Photo by Angela Lewis/Chattanooga Times Free Press

Aron Ralston, the outdoor adventurer known for cutting off his right arm when it became trapped by a boulder, spoke today at the American Red Cross Hometown Heroes Luncheon.

He told the packed crowd at the Chattanooga Convention Center that it was the first time since a family vacation a quarter century ago that he’s been to Chattanooga.

“It’s the first time in 25 years since I’ve been here,” he said.

Ralston recounted his experiences of hiking through the desert of Utah in April 2003, then entering a canyon where a boulder fell on his arm. After being trapped under the boulder for six days, he cut the arm off with a dull knife.

He wrote a book called “Between a Rock and a Hard Place” and was the subject of the major motion picture, “127 Hours,” starring James Franco.

Ralston said today that he never grows tired of recounting the experience.

“I’m still growing from it,” he said.

Aron Ralston speaks at Hometown Heroes luncheon
Aron Ralston, the subject of the 2010 movie "127 Hours" starring James Franco, spoke to attendees during the annual Red Cross Hometown Heroes luncheon Wednesday. Ralston shared his story of how he freed himself by amputating his own arm during a 2003 canyoneering expedition in Utah.

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holdout said...

Everyone should read his book. The thing that I found interesting or odd was that after he was trapped for days, cut his own arm off, walked for miles, repelled a cliff face and was taken to a hospital he made the remark that, "I hate needles" when receiving an injection.

March 31, 2011 at 8:39 a.m.
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