Around Aspen: Aron Ralston |

Around Aspen: Aron Ralston

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Aspen Times Weekly
Aspen, CO Colorado

During Filmfest Aron Ralston spoke in person at the beginning of the movie, “127 Hours,” and then later was guest of honor at a party given by Wilderness Workshop at the home of Molly and Tom Bedell. The movie depicts the harrowing experience of Ralston as he was hiking alone in a Utah canyon when a gigantic boulder dislodged, trapping him for five days. Ralston, who was living in Aspen at the time, performed one of the most dramatic self-rescues in recent memory by cutting off his own forearm with a dull knife. Many of us in the audience were on the edge of our seats throughout the story, and many of us shut our eyes when he cut off his arm … but we couldn’t shut out the sound of him breaking the bone for the final release.

It’s the beginning of another winter season and the snow birds are flying south. Moving to Florida are Nancy and Guy Alciatore and Charlotte and Bob Jones.

Undercurrent … A big zucchini squash grew in my backyard garden and I made zucchini bread with it from a recipe by Madeleine Osberger, which is in my cookbook, “Aspen Potpourri.”

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