A Rock and a Hard Place - Chapter 11 "Day Five: Trance Sanctuary" Summary & Analysis

Aron Ralston
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Chapter 11 "Day Five: Trance Sanctuary" Summary and Analysis

Ralston begins hallucinating, feeling as though he is on a roller coaster or crowd surfing. He sees his friends and transparent ghosts in the canyon. They don't cause him to feel fear, but he is suffering from the psychological effects of dehydration and insomnia.

Night falls, and Ralston drains off the top layer of his reserved urine, leaving the sediments in the CamelBak. He fantasizes about daiquiris and margaritas, fruit juice and milkshakes. He is losing track of time, noting that he has lost touch with his typically reliable internal clock. Time is moving very, very slowly.

Ralston pictures himself as a little boy at his grandparents' house drinking 7-UP. He flashes to another memory of drinking sweetened sun tea and to drinking a Slurpee at the 7-Eleven.

Ralston applies lip...

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