Aron Ralston: Runner of Meat
There is a sneak-line option at Warm Springs rapid, a Class IV drop on the Yampa River in northwest Colorado. But Aron Ralston, the subject of the just-released film starring James Franco, 127 Hours, is not the sort of dude who runs the sneak. While a vegetarian, mostly, off the river, on river Ralston is full carnivore, which is to say he prefers running the meat over the sneaks. That was his mindset last May anyway, on the Yampa, as he rowed into Warm Springs and a watershed moment for every boatman: There are two kinds of rafters: Those who have flipped, and those who will.
Epilogue: Ralston and his mate, Bryan Long, survived the flip swimmingly. The end. —Tim Mutrie