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Aron Ralston Chronicles His Story of Survival

Originally published: 03.26.13 by HVACR Business Staff


Exactly ten years after making a drastic decision to save his life, Aron Ralston will kick off the 2013 National Home Performance Conference with a story that changed his life. The conservation activist, mountain guide, and outdoor photographer will deliver the keynote presentation in Denver, Colo., on Wednesday May 1.

In “127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place”, Ralson will recount the day that he amputated his own right forearm to free himself from entrapment in a remote Utah canyon. He was hiking alone when an 800-pound boulder dislodged and trapped him against the canyon wall for six days. An engineer by training, he performed the amputation using a multi-tool before rappelling off a six-story cliff and hiking seven miles to his rescue.

Following the amputation, Ralston shared his story with audiences around the world, writing the bestselling book Between a Rock and a Hard Place. Director Danny Boyle adapted the book into the film 127 Hours, which starred James Franco.

“ACI inspires our National Home Performance Conference attendees every year, and we believe Aron Ralston’s keynote—his amazing story of survival—will set the tone for an uplifting, motivational event,” Nate Natale, ACI’s director of programs told HVACR Business. “In addition,


Mr. Ralston is known for his commitment to conservation and the environment, and he’s undertaken home performance upgrades to his own home. He’ll be addressing the industry professionals whose share his vision for a healthier planet and whose work has impacted his life.”

The annual event attracts members from every sector of the home performance and weatherization industry. This year’s event will take place at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel April 30-May 3, and registration is now open.


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