Ralston, Aron

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Ralston, Aron Gender: M
Aron Lee Ralston
born on 27 October 1975 at 21:58 (= 9:58 PM )
Place Marion, Ohio, 40n35, 83w08
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Viktor
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 04°04' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 06°39 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 16°31'

Aron Ralston
photo: Dlr1967, license gfdl


American hiker and mountain climber who severed his own arm in a Utah Canyon after a boulder fell on him, crushing his hand and forearm and pinning him down. He lived to tell his story and authored "Between a Rock and a Hard Place."

He spent his early years in the Midwest. When he was 12, his family moved to Colorado where he formed his dream to make solo wintertime climbs of all 59 Colorado peaks over 14,000 feet in altitude.

He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in mechanical engineering and French with a minor in piano performance. In 1997 after graduation, he landed a job at Intel in Arizona. He worked in Tacoma, WA and Albuquerque, NM for the same company, but quit his job in 2002 and moved back to Colorado.

In February 2003 an avalanche in the Colorado Rockies where he was skiing buried him and a friend. Buried up to his neck, he dug himself and his friend out.

In April that year he wasn't quite so lucky. On 26 April 2003, while hiking solo in Canyonlands National Park in Utah, an 800-pound boulder dislodged and pinned him by the arm. Alone, unable to move, without the use of one arm or the means to communicate, he lay there.

His water supply ran out on the third day. The next day, 1 May, he decided that the only means of survival open to him was to amputate his crushed arm just below the elbow. He had an inexpensive pocketknife which he used to perform the surgery and applied a tourniquet.

He then rigged up anchors and a rope so he could rappel the 66 feet to the bottom of Blue John Canyon. He then walked more than seven miles when he encountered other hikers who summoned help.

Ralston documented and filmed his own tortuous adventure just as he has done with all his feats. He wrote a book and continues to climb with a prosthetic arm. In addition to his outdoor adventures, Ralston has joined the public motivational speaking tour. In September 2004 his book was published.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • role played of/by Franco, James (born 19 April 1978). Notes: Franco played Ralston in 2010 film "127 Hours"


  • Work : New Job 1997 (at Intel)
  • Work : Fired/Laid off/Quit 2002 (Left Intel)
  • Health : Accident (Non-fatal) 26 April 2003 (Pinned by a boulder)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Health : Medical procedure 1 May 2003 (Performed his own arm amputation)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Birth certificate in hand from Viktor E.

Previously this entry had the time 10 p.m. and the following notes: "about 10 PM" submitted by Ravynwoode (ravynwoode@aol.com) by e-mail mid-September 2005:": I attended a book signing of Aron's in August and asked him for his birth data in person. I also asked him if he had any objection to my submitting his birth data to Astrodatabank for publication on its website so other astrologers would also have access to his birth data. This was fine with him. He told me that astrologers have sent him charts, and he seemed to enjoy this. Maybe I will send him my personal impressions, too, but I would really like to see the "pros" at Astrodatabank tackle this amazing horoscope. His birthdate, stated in his book, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, is October 27, 1975. He told me personally in August that he was born in Marion, Ohio, at about 10 pm. He said he did not know the exact minute.


  • Traits : Personality : Active
  • Traits : Personality : Courageous
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Arms
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Accident/Injury
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Surgery
  • Vocation : Engineer : Mechanical
  • Vocation : Travel : Adventurer
  • Notable : Famous : 15 minutes of fame