Adventurer-turned-author Aron Ralston will be in Bishop Tuesday to discuss his book, harrowing story of survival and answer questions from residents.
Ralston’s autobiographical “Between a Rock and A Hard Place” is the subject of this year’s Community Reads Program.
Community Reads is an effort to get everyone in Inyo County on the same page by reading a single book.
“Every year we try to get books that relate to the community,” said Community Reads Project Coordinator Sandra Peterson. “We chose this one because we wanted to bring our mountain community in. We have a lot of folks who are into hiking, climbing and skiing.”
“Between a Rock and a Hard Place” tells the story of Ralston’s ill-fated solo hiking trip in Utah in 2003.
While climbing down a narrow canyon, a boulder dislodged, falling onto Ralston’s arm and pinning him in the isolated canyon for five days.
Running out of water and food, Ralston knew that he had to free himself and hike back to civilization, or die. In an effort to save his life, Ralston used a multi-tool to cut off his arm and free him from the boulder.
On Tuesday, Ralston will host two talks, one specifically for Inyo and Mono County middle and high school students, and a second that is open to the public from noon-1:30 p.m. at the Tri-County Fairgrounds in Bishop.
During the student presentation, Peterson said, Ralston will tie his story into an anti-bullying campaign, something he is passionate about.
Peterson said the school presentation is only open to middle and high school students due to some mature themes in his talk.
Students from as far south as Lone Pine and throughout Mono County will be joining Bishop students for the lecture.
The talk at the fairgrounds will be a multi-media presentation featuring photos and clips from the movie adaptation of Ralston’s book, “127 Hours,” starring James Franco.
“He’s mainly going to talk about his story, and the spirit of survival,” Peterson said.
Ralston will give his talk from noon-1 p.m. and open the forum for questions and answers from the audience from 1-1:30 p.m.
Following the question and answer, Ralston will be signing copies of his book.
Peterson said “Between a Rock and a Hard Place” is available at Spellbinder Books in Bishop and copies will be available Tuesday at Ralston’s presentation.
“This is kind of our big event,” Peterson said, pointing out that the Inyo County Superintendent of Schools Office and Mono County Office of Education are encouraging everyone in the community to participate.
“It’s a lunch-time event, so bring your sack lunch, come eat and hear an amazing story,” she said.