Between a Rock and a Hard Place (book)

Between a Rock and a Hard Place is the autobiography of Aron Ralston . [1] Published in 2004, the book predominantly recounts Ralston’s experience being trapped in Blue John Canyon in the Utah desert and how he was forced to amputate his own right arm with a dull multi-tool in order to free him after his arm became trapped by a boulder . [2] Inc. named Ralston’s magazine one of seven “great entrepreneurship books that have nothing to do with business.” [3]

The book also describes Ralston’s childhood, how he took up outdoor activities after moving to Colorado from Indiana , how he came to be an obsessive outdoorsman and how he left his engineering career at Intel in Arizona to take up outdoor activities as much as possible.

The book goes back and forth, in alternating chapters, between Ralston’s past experiences and his entrapment in the slot canyon , and the efforts of his mother to find him. Included in some editions are pictures of his days in the canyon, [1] various glossary of mountaineering jargon, and maps of Blue John Canyon and the proximity of the canyon in central eastern Utah.

Ralston’s ordeal is also the subject of the 2010 movie 127 Hours , starring James Franco and directed by Danny Boyle . [4] Since the movie’s release, the autobiography 127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place . [5] The film was nominated for six Academy Awards , including Best Picture and Best Actor .


  1. ^ Jump up to:b “Between a Rock and a Hard Place, review informative Reviewed” . . Retrieved 2011-01-20 .
  2. Jump up^ “Climber who cut off hand looks back” . National Geographic . Retrieved 2011-01-20 .
  3. Jump up^ Murphy Jr., Bill (Jul 20, 2012). “7 More Great Entrepreneurship Books That Have Nothing To Do With Business” . .
  4. Jump up^ “Official 127 Hours website” . . Retrieved 2011-01-21 .
  5. Jump up^ “Amazon listing of revised title” . Retrieved 2011-03-29 .