Stay alive, that’s what it’s all about.
Survival is the ultimate fight to preserve life, to keep breathing, and defeat the odds. Out of this acute need to get home, to get out, comes an incredible ability to adapt and persevere. Our nature demands it.
Would you saw your arm off to escape? Would you drink your own urine and chop up rotting carcasses to fend off starvation? Would you kill to stay alive?
Each of the survivors listed below answered the tough questions and faced the consequences. Wild places cut you no slack, and these are examples of just how harsh things can get.
- To what extreme would you go to free yourself from certain death? On April 26, 2003, while hiking the Little Blue John Canyon in Wayne County, Utah, Aron Ralston fell into a canyon, and a dislodged boulder crushed his hand and forearm against the canyon wall. What’s worse, Ralston told no one of his plans, nor did he bring along a cell phone. He spent the next five days sipping small amounts of water, but with death nearing closer and closer, he finally took extreme measures, breaking the radius and ulna in his trapped arm before amputating it with a dull pocket knife. He then hiked for six hours before stumbling on a family hiking, who then called paramedics. Though he lost his arm, Ralston still has the same taste for adventure, and is still an avid climber and hiker. His story was later adapted into the movie 127 Hours in 2010.