Aron Ralston

Fearless Adventurer & Subject of the Film, 127 Hours

Aron Ralston’s extraordinary story of survival, as told in the New York Times bestseller, Between a Rock and a Hard Place and the film, 127 Hours, starring James Franco as Ralston, captured headlines around the world when he freed himself from being trapped between two boulders in a remote canyon by severing his own arm. An experienced climber and avid outdoorsman, Ralston was descending a remote Utah canyon alone in 2003 when an 800-pound boulder broke loose, crushing his right hand and pinning him against the canyon wall. After nearly six days without water, means of communication or hope of escape, Ralston harnessed his determination and will to live; using a pocket knife to sever his arm below the elbow, he then rappelled a 65-foot cliff out of the canyon and trekked seven miles to find his would-be rescuers.

With an unforgettable story of an ordinary man pushed to extraordinary limits, Ralston takes audiences on a riveting journey in which courage, perseverance, and the human spirit defy the inevitable outcome. Ralston’s powerful narrative encourages others to recognize their inner potential and to appreciate and harness one’s relationships to overcome life’s adversities, regardless of how large or daunting their “boulder” may be.