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Amazing!

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2003-05-01-climber-amputate_x.htm

Rescuer: Climber who amputated arm had no choice

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) ? The climber who amputated his own arm to free himself from beneath a boulder had no other choice if he wanted to survive, one of his rescuers said Friday.
Aron Ralston, 27, of Aspen would have died had he stayed where he was, in remote Blue John Canyon near Canyonlands National Park in the far southwestern Utah, Emery County sheriff’s Sgt. Mitch Vetere told NBC’s Today show.

Ralston, described by authorities as an avid outdoorsman in exceptional physical condition, remained in serious condition Friday at a hospital in Grand Junction, Colo.

Vetere said two other rescuers who returned to the canyon in hopes of retrieving the limb discovered that the boulder weighed 1,000 pounds, not the 200 that they first believed. They were unable to retrieve the arm.

“If he wouldn’t have gotten himself out of that mess,” Vetere said, “they wouldn’t have seen him from the air.”

Ralston was hiking Saturday when he became pinned by the boulder. He ran out of water on Tuesday and on Thursday morning, he decided that his survival required drastic action.

Using a pocketknife, Ralston cut off his right arm below the elbow and applied a tourniquet and administered first aid. He then rigged anchors, fixed a rope and rappelled 60 feet to the canyon floor.

Ralston’s expeditions have been known to trigger awe, said Brion After, manager of the Ute Mountaineering store in Aspen where Ralston works. After said Ralston has climbed 49 of Colorado’s 14,000-foot-plus mountains.

“To be honest, sometimes we get pretty scared with some of the things he’s doing,” After said.

Ralston was found about 3 p.m. Thursday with two other hikers, said Vetere, who did not elaborate on who the other people were or why Ralston was with them. The search had begun in the morning after authorities were notified of his disappearance.

Vetere said Ralston described to them what he had done and that he was “obviously tired.” His only request was water.

The rescurers tried to keep Ralston awake for the 12-minute flight to the hospital in Moab, Utah, by talking to him. He walked into the emergency room on his own. He was flown later to the Grand Junction hospital.

"I’ve never seen anybody who has the will to live and is as much of a warrior as Aron is, and I’ve been doing this for 25 years, said park ranger Steve Swanke, who was with Ralston in the emergency room. “He is a warrior period.”

  Guy had huge brass balls to do what he did.

  Damn. Most people would rather wait to death in hopes of being found complete. This guy up and did it. He should be proud of his guts, its not a decision one takes lightly to amputate your own arm - with a  pocket knife nonetheless!!!
 Actually, Plumpy, as much as I'd LOVE to follow your footsteps, I think Ill steer clear of dem losers.

 Thanx for the offer though!

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 If you have a degree you're ahead of those who dont;
 If you speak a second language, you're ahead of those who don't;
 If you have military service, specifically the toughest elite armed forces of all branches, then you have a big headstart over those who don't;
 And if you have extensive training as a WMD specialist, intelligence, counter-intelligence, or cryptic linguist, as well as real hands-on experience working with high tech equipment and under great ammounts of stress, while working as a team - then you have a huge headstart over someone who has a mere college degree;
 Add to that the fact the Marines make commited, well-disciplined leaders who dont 'try' anything - they will do whatever it takes to get the task done- and Im pretty sure whereever you go you'll be ahead of those who got their college degree, got drunk and smoked weed while in, have no real world experience or discipline, and you have no way to measure how reliable they are.

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  Yeah, Im pretty sure I would pick a Marine, as well as Army, Air Force, Navy servicemen, over anybody else considering they all have a degree.
 Actually, Plumpy, as much as I'd LOVE to follow your footsteps, I think Ill steer clear of dem losers.

 Thanx for the offer though!

 And while I agree that a college degree will give you a headstart if you want to get into the FBI it all comes down to what do you have to offer.

 If you have a degree you're ahead of those who dont;
 If you speak a second language, you're ahead of those who don't;
 If you have military service, specifically the toughest elite armed forces of all branches, then you have a big headstart over those who don't;
 And if you have extensive training as a WMD specialist, intelligence, counter-intelligence, or cryptic linguist, as well as real hands-on experience working with high tech equipment and under great ammounts of stress, while working as a team - then you have a huge headstart over someone who has a mere college degree;
 Add to that the fact the Marines make commited, well-disciplined leaders who dont 'try' anything - they will do whatever it takes to get the task done- and Im pretty sure whereever you go you'll be ahead of those who got their college degree, got drunk and smoked weed while in, have no real world experience or discipline, and you have no way to measure how reliable they are.

Anybody can get a degree - does it mean you’re a good candidate? Hardly - things like character, leadership, ability to work under great ammounts of pressure, the commitment to get the task done no matter how much it takes make a huge difference. Not to mention what it says about you as a person, your commitment to your country, your sense or pride and patriotism, your ability to put the team before yourself in hard times. The fact that you won’t crack at the first sign of stress and disappointment.

  Yeah, Im pretty sure I would pick a Marine, as well as Army, Air Force, Navy servicemen, over anybody else considering they all have a degree.

-chandler voice-

Oh my god!

DI

Holy shit! A fuckin pocket knife? Being brutily honest here, I really don’t think I could do that.
Now I feel like a sissy.

I would of screamed like a girls as soon as I scratched my skin with the knife. I am interested in how he broke the bone. That is a tough area right below the elbow.

Now if he had chewed his arm off that would be crazzzzzzy.

I was going to post this earlier, myself, but the damn forum kept bugging out.

Either way, the dude does indeed have massive, swinging meat.