Keynote Speaker

Aron Ralston, conservation activist, mountain guide, and outdoor photographer, will deliver the keynote speech at the opening plenary of the National Home Performance Conference in Denver, CO.

In April 2003, Ralston, an experienced outdoorsman, spent six days trapped beneath an 800-pound boulder in a remote canyon in Utah. He freed himself by amputating his right forearm before rappelling off a six-story cliff and hiking seven miles to his rescue. 

Ralston wrote an internationally bestselling book, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, and has spoken to hundreds of audiences around the world and interviewed with Tom Brokaw, David Letterman, and Jay Leno. Director Danny Boyle adapted Ralston’s book into the movie 127 Hours, which starred James Franco. With a new prosthetic arm that he designed, Ralston returned to his outdoor passions. He finished the Colorado winter solo 14er project—“14ers” are mountains over 14,000 feet in elevation—skied from the summit of Denali, and led a rafting trip expedition through the Grand Canyon. 

Ralston lives in Boulder, CO. 



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