A young woman hiking in Heilongjiang Province learned some important lessons in spatial reasoning last week.
Curiosity got the better of her when she tried to walk through a tiny crack between two enormous boulders in the tourist city of Mudanjiang. Predictably, she got stuck between a rock and a hard place.
Her story has a much happier ending than that of the famous canyoneer Aron Ralston, whose arm was trapped under a rock for five days. (The one who’s life was turned into the movie 127 Hours, and did that thing with a blunt pen knife.)
She was out of her predicament in less than an hour: 20 minutes trapped, and then 30 minutes being rescued. Granted, I can imagine spending even 50 minutes stuck in a rock is no fun. Especially while curious bystanders watch you get rigged up to ropes, and lifted out by 12 firemen. The story was first reported on June 18 by the Mail.
Is there something with the Chinese and tight spaces?
This man was stuck in some cliffs in Guizhou for two days before being rescued.
And this one sleepwalked into a canyon in the Flaming Mountains. He too had to be rescued from a crevice.