Climber who amputated own arm gives school speech
Greenwood Village, Colorado-AP -- Aron Ralston has told some middle schoolers how he lost an arm to a boulder in April.Ralston had once attended West Middle School in Greenwood Village, Colorado. His speech there was his first since being released from a hospital almost a month ago.
Ralston's right arm became pinned under an 800-pound boulder while he was hiking solo in Utah's Canyonlands National Park. After five days, he cut if off with a dull knife and made his way out.
Ralston says that taught him two lessons about being prepared. First, don't forget to leave word where you're going. And second, if you carry a knife, carry a sharp one.
Ralston also told the middle schoolers not to let other people tell them who they are -- but to dream their own dreams.
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