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'127 Hours': A History

Historian explains the history of the Blue John Canyon, where Aron Ralston was trapped.

127 Hours, Danny Boyle's take on Aron Ralston's harrowing misadventure in Utah's Blue John Canyon, debuted nationwide to rave reviews last week. Ralston trapped himself in one of the most remote areas in the Lower 48—a place largely untouched by man. But that doesn't mean it isn't rich in history.

In this exclusive clip, local expert Gaye Ekker explains:



Have you seen 127 Hours? What did you think?

—Ted Alvarez

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Shawn D.
Dec 14, 2010

How many of us have not heard "why would anybody want to climb that mountain, seems like too much effort" they don't get it. I do understand Aron wanting to go off solo on occasion. Its a self searching, spiritual kinda thing. I enjoy the solitude sometimes too. But, you got to have somebody on standby. You always need to leave a mapped route, and return time with someone. Anything can happen out there, we all know that. I have not seen the movie (yet) but have heard the story.
A fool and his limbs, can soon go their seperate ways. At least the guy admits he messed up big time. Hopefully, a lesson for others not to do as he did.

Aaron (in NC)
Dec 06, 2010

Movie was great. Sure, he made bad decisions, but they were certainly portrayed as such. To all who are speaking against the "glorification of a lack of common sense," have you ever taken a history class? History lessons are full of bad decisions followed by strong willed people having to take corrective actions. Perhaps we should be thanking Aron for suffering the painful lesson so more young crazy outdoors people won't have to suffer the same fate or worse!

JerrY Getz
Nov 30, 2010

This is so clearly a cautionary tale, and one that is very well presented. The movie in no way glorifies lack of common sense. In fact I think it does quite the opposite. On my travels I see MANY people displaying poor judgement. They just don't happen to nearly lose their life that day. Perhaps one or two of them will learn from this story.

kilnmaster
Nov 24, 2010

I agree with the foolishness of this book, and what trevor states above.

lets all move on, just do not read the book!

Cameron
Nov 18, 2010

Read the book. Aaron's will to live was incredible. But, at the same time, are we glorifying him because of that will to live or because the amazing story that should never have been? He made dumb choices. And yes, we all do that from time to time. Those dumb choices are something for us as outdoorsmen to learn from and hopefully not repeat. I have great respect for what Aaron did. It was an incredible testament to the man's will. But, we shouldn't be glorifying hime for being stupid.

Trevor
Nov 17, 2010

Common sense? Really? There have been plenty of instances where people lack common sense and don't admit it, but in this case not only does Aron admit it but is an inspiration to others that have been in similar situations. I'm sure you have never done anything that lacks common sense right Ralph? Glorified or not this story tells a remarkable story of the will to live against all odds and has and will have taught millions of people the meaning of the will to live in the future. Too bad you won't see it. If you want to be ignorant that's fine by me. That ignorance is at the basis of what common sense is not!

Trevor
Nov 17, 2010

Common sense? Really? There have been plenty of instances where people lack common sense and don't admit it, but in this case not only does Aron admit it but is an inspiration to others that have been in similar situations. I'm sure you have never done anything that lacks common sense right Ralph? Glorified or not this story tells a remarkable story of the will to live against all odds and has and will have taught millions of people the meaning of the will to live in the future. Too bad you won't see it. If you want to be ignorant that's fine by me. That ignorance is at the basis of what common sense is not!

ralph
Nov 17, 2010

i'm sorry but anyone who does a slot canyon solo where no one knows where you are shouldn't be glorified just because they cut their arm off. period. won't watch the movie because it glorifies a lack of common sense.

Crystal :)
Nov 16, 2010

Great music, great photography and WAY intense. Definitely something that should be seen on the big screen!

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