127 Hours Revisited

28 09 2011

It seems like purposefully doing stupid things is all the rage these days. Ok class, who remember’s last year’s gruesome film, “127 Hours”? Let’s review. It was a true story about a man who decides to go hiking alone, doesn’t tell anyone of his plans, falls through a canyon, a boulder falls on his arm, and he must cut his arm free to survive. I’m pretty sure that anyone who knows this famous story would learn something from this occurrence.

Shortly after this movie came out, my mom went on a vacation to Arizona and told me she wanted to go hiking alone. I made her go with a friend, because even though it was a basic trail, I had learned my lesson from, “127 Hours.” Apparently not everyone who saw the movie/read the book/knows the story is as smart.

Take 64 year old, North Carolina native Amos Wayne Richards. This man decided he would venture out into Utah to  Little Blue John Canyon- the same place the story of Aron Ralston took place.  Now, I’m no high adventure hiker, but if I’m going to go on a hiking excursion, let alone any excursion, I’m pretty sure I’m going to go prepared. Mr. Richards apparently was not as wise. He went into his hike to retrace the steps of Ralston, but what he didn’t realize was that he was apparently setting himself up to re-live the story.

Thankfully, Mr. Richards didn’t have to resort to cutting his arm off. There was no enormous boulder pinning him down, but surprise surprise, he did end up falling more than 3 meters down a hole. In addition to his broken leg and dislocated shoulder, Amos found himself with a phone that wasn’t working and minimal food and water. But most importantly of all, he had not informed anyone of his journey.

I don’t really understand why it is so difficult to tell people about your whereabouts. It may be one thing to go alone to the store, but if you’re setting out to re-create someone’s adventure in a remote area which also happens to be dangerous, then you really need to tell others. Otherwise, you’re just stupid. Come on, Amos! Why didn’t you learn anything from that movie??

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