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  • noun A rock which has become wedged in a vertical fissure or cleft.


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From chock + stone.


  • Looking back, is there anything you wish you would've done differently while being held captive by the chockstone?

    A Conversation with Aron Ralston

  • I found a chockstone above my head, and managed to force my foot free.

    Prester John

  • Friday, then, before someone pops his or her head over that chockstone ten feet in front and above me.

    127 Hours

  • Watching the beam scale the last three feet to where a suspended chockstone blocks it from my view, I realize it is the only direct sun I will get during the day.

    127 Hours

  • The crack is actually a gap between the wall and the eight-foot-diameter chockstone suspended six feet in front of me.

    127 Hours

  • Stashing my water bottle, urine supply, knife, and cameras in my backpack, I clear the top of the chockstone, lastly putting my scratched sunglasses on top of my head.

    127 Hours

  • I set my knife on top of the chockstone and package my stump in the plastic grocery sack that had been stuffed between my right arm and the wall.

    127 Hours

  • Cutting my climbing rope about thirty feet from one end, I loop one end of the short piece around my chockstone and tie it to itself.

    127 Hours

  • Pulling my video camera out of my backpack again, I blow the grit off the lens and align it in its spot on top of the chockstone.

    127 Hours

  • Then I feel my arm bend unnaturally in the unbudging grip of the chockstone.

    127 Hours


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