Monday, November 28, 2005

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Powerful book.
Could you amputate your own arm
to free yourself from the death grip of
two immovable boulders?

Aaron Ralston did it,
but probably not many others could.

I was introduced to this book by our mutual friend (Scott).
About 10 years before the incident,
Aaron used to babysit Scott's kids.

Before he could cut his arm off,
with a small knife and pliers,
he had to survive for 5 days
by drinking his own urine,
then finally, intentionally breaking both the bones in his forearm.

What an extraordinary example of
the power of the survival instinct.

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