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Keynote Speaker Has Harrowing, Inspirational Tale to Tell

Sunday’s Keynote Session speech will feature Aron Ralston, author of “Between a Rock and a Hard Place. The session will be held Sunday, from  2-3 p.m. in Moscone Center West: Room 3006-3012 .
 
Ralston is an American outdoorsman, engineer and motivational speaker. He is widely known for having survived a canyoneering accident in south-eastern Utah in 2003, during which he was forced to amputate his own right arm with a dull multi-tool in order to free himself from a dislodged boulder, which had trapped him there for five days and seven hours. The incident is documented in Ralston's autobiography Between a Rock and a Hard Place, and is the subject of the film "127 Hours."
 
Aron Ralston grew up in the Midwest before moving to Colorado when he was 12 years old, a place where he became an avid outdoorsman. In 2002, he gave up a career as a mechanical engineer in New Mexico and moved to Aspen, Colo., where among other things, he continued his attempt to climb the 59 Colorado peaks of more than 14,000 feet solo in winter (he’s more than three-quarters through).
 
He tells his remarkable story with wonder and humility. With no water and little hope of survival, Ralston used a pocketknife to amputate his own arm and free himself from a boulder weighing 800 to 1,000 pounds that fell and trapped him for five days in a remote desert canyon in eastern Utah.