CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 30, 2009 — Aron Ralston, an experienced hiker who saved his own life during a climbing accident, will speak at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 in Academic Hall Auditorium at Southeast Missouri State University.
Ralston was climbing in Blue John Canyon in Utah when an 800-pound boulder came loose, pinning Ralston’s right arm and wrist against the canyon wall. Ralston will tell his heroic tale when he visits Southeast as part of the 2009-2010 University Speakers Series. The event is free and open to the public, and is co-sponsored by Disability Support Services.
For six days, Ralston survived with a small amount of water, no food and extremely cold nights. Ralston had told no one of his hiking trip and was suddenly faced with his own death.
During those scary days, Ralston used the video camera in his backpack to record goodbyes to his family and friends with the hope that it would one day be found. Finally, Ralston came to the conclusion that his only way of survival was to amputate his right arm.
Ralston will tell of his experience of being trapped facing death and then being forced to do something so horrific for his own survival. After the accident he gained a new outlook on life and a will to keep climbing.