Aron Ralston was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on October 27, 1975, to Donna and Larry Ralston. As a young boy he was completely normal. He played every sport as a young boy but his favorite thing to do was to go hiking with his father. He had a dream to climb all the mountains and Mount Kilimanjaro! He attended Cherry Creek High School and then went to college at Carriage Mellon University he specialized in mechanical engineering and French.
After college he started his mission climbing all the mountains in Blue Canyon. He went alone and didn’t tell anyone he was going. Aron says that was his first mistake. While he was climbing, a large boulder came dislodged. The boulder fell and in the process crushed his arm. It was too large to move so Aron had to wait in pain. No one knew where he was nor would they come looking. During that 127 hours trapped he was running low on water and food, he ended up having to drink his pee and eat the remains of the beef jerky and trail mix. After being there that long he was sure he was dead, he got out his digital camera and recorded his goodbyes. Aron was so sure he was not going to make it through the night he actually carved an epitaph. Shockingly he made it through the freezing night. He had visions of his son, Leo, and his wife, Jessica and that gave him the strength to make it through the night. He had recorded his goodbyes on camera and with no choice he began cutting through his skin and muscles. Noticing he couldn’t cut through the bone broke it by slamming himself against the wall and somehow is broke. Getting through the bone the nerve was next and that was the most painful part cutting through he got free. Then he rappelled down 65-foot sheer wall and began to hike. After several miles he found a Netherlands couple they contacted help. Aron was mediflighted immediately. He made a full recovery. Now he goes and speaks to kids all over about his fight for his life. And still today Aron love to hike.
After hearing his story I have learned to never hike alone and never give up. Recently after the accident he said he was nervous of what people might think of him. He said “I don’t want to be just known as the guy the chopped his arm.” He didn’t want to gain fame this way, and not having an arm didn’t stop him from climbing. Today he was a family. He and his wife Jessica Trusty got married in August of 2009. Then in 2010 they had their first child Leo. And some day they and I do believe he will reach his dreams.
Explaining his story on CNN
After the accident