Aron Ralston

About Aron Ralston

Who is it?: Outdoorsman, Motivational Speaker
Birth Day: October 27, 1975
Birth Place: Marion, Ohio, United States, United States
Alma mater: Carnegie Mellon University (B.A.)
Occupation: Motivational speaker, mountaineer, mechanical engineer
Notable work: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Spouse(s): Jessica Trusty (2009–2011) girlfriend Vita Shannon
Children: 2

Aron Ralston

Aron Ralston was born on October 27, 1975 in Marion, Ohio, United States, United States, is Outdoorsman, Motivational Speaker. Aron Ralston is an American outdoorsman, motivational speaker and mechanical engineer. He is known as the survivor of a very unfortunate incident that occurred in the year 2003 while he was hiking through the Blue John Canyon in Colorado. The accident left his right hand lodged under a massive dislodged rock for 5 days. Aron was hiking alone and hadn’t informed anyone about his hike and hence, nobody knew where to look for him. He remained stuck under the rock for five consecutive days, surviving on the water he had brought along for hiking. On the fifth day, his food and water ran out and he just lied there waiting for his unavoidable death. But an epiphany he had, had him using a blunt pocketknife in order to cut off his arm, which took about one hour,after which he set himself free. He had bled too much, when luckily a holidaying family spotted him and got him to a hospital, saving his life. Aron then shared the experiences in his autobiographical book titled ‘Between a Rock and a Hard Place’, which was the inspiration for the Danny Boyle directed film, ‘127 Hours’.
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Occupation Public Speakers
Age 47 years old
Zodiac Sign Scorpio
Born October 27, 1975 (Marion, Ohio, United States, United States)
Birthday October 27
Town/City Marion, Ohio, United States, United States
Nationality United States

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Aron Ralston’s zodiac sign is Scorpio. According to astrologers, Scorpio-born are passionate and assertive people. They are determined and decisive, and will research until they find out the truth. Scorpio is a great leader, always aware of the situation and also features prominently in resourcefulness. Scorpio is a Water sign and lives to experience and express emotions. Although emotions are very important for Scorpio, they manifest them differently than other water signs. In any case, you can be sure that the Scorpio will keep your secrets, whatever they may be.

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Aron Ralston was born on October 27, 1975 in Marion, Ohio. He and his family moved to Denver when he was 12. He is a 1993 graduate of Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village, Colorado. He received his college degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, finishing with degrees in mechanical engineering and French, with a minor in piano. At Carnegie Mellon, he served as a resident assistant, studied abroad, and was an active intramural Sports participant. He left his job as a mechanical Engineer with Intel in Phoenix, Arizona, in 2002 and moved to Aspen, Colorado in order to pursue a life of climbing mountains.


After the accident, Ralston made numerous appearances in the media. On July 21, 2003, Ralston appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman.


Ralston documented his experience in an autobiographical book titled Between a Rock and a Hard Place, published by Atria Books on September 7, 2004. It reached #3 on The New York Times Hardcover Non-Fiction list. It hit #1 in New Zealand and Australia, and is the #7 best-selling memoir of all-time in the United Kingdom.


As a corporate speaker, Ralston receives an honorarium of about $25,000 per domestic speaking appearance, and up to $37,000 for international speeches. On May 4, 2007, Ralston appeared at the Swiss Economic Forum and gave a speech about "how he did not lose his hand, but gained his life back."


After the accident occurred, Ralston continued to climb mountains frequently, including participating in a 2008 expedition to climb Ojos del Salado in Chile and Monte Pissis in Argentina. In 2005, Ralston became the first person to climb all 59 ranked and/or named Colorado's 'fourteeners' solo in winter, a project he started in 1997 and resumed after the amputation in Blue John Canyon.


In August 2009, Ralston married Jessica Trusty. Their first child was born in February 2010.


British film Director Danny Boyle directed the film 127 Hours about Ralston's accident. Filming took place in March and April 2010, with a release in New York City and Los Angeles on November 5, 2010. Fox Searchlight Pictures funded the film. Actor James Franco played the role of Ralston. The movie received standing ovations at both the Telluride Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival. Some of the audience members in Toronto fainted during the final amputation scene.


At the 83rd Academy Awards in 2011 the film was nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture (won by The King's Speech) and Best Actor for Franco (won by Colin Firth for his role in The King's Speech). 127 Hours was also nominated in the categories for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Original Song, and Best Editing.


He has also appeared on the Comedy Central show Tosh.0 in a Sketch with host Daniel Tosh and another climber in 2012.


In December 2013, Ralston and then-girlfriend Vita Shannon were both arrested in Colorado and charged with domestic violence after an incident at their home. The couple's two-month old child was present at the time of the incident. Charges for both were later dismissed.


He had the goal of climbing all of Colorado's "fourteeners" — peaks over 14,000 feet (4,270 m) altitude, of which there are 59 — solo and during winter (a feat that had never been recorded before). He subsequently achieved this goal in 2005. In 2003, Ralston was caught in a Grade 5 avalanche on Resolution Peak, Colorado with his skiing partners Mark Beverly and Chadwick Spencer. No one was seriously injured.

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