Hiker vis­its 127 Hours canyon ... and falls in

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A HIKER in­spired by the movie 127 Hours suf­fered his own neardeath ex­pe­ri­ence af­ter fall­ing into the same canyon that ap­pears in the film.

Hap­less Amos Richards felt com­pelled to visit the Lit­tle Blue John Canyon in Utah, USA, af­ter see­ing Brit di­rec­tor Danny Boyle’s flick.

It tells the real-life story of moun­taineer Aron Ral­ston, who had to cut off his own arm af­ter five days spent pinned un­der a boul­der in 2003.

Now Amos, 64, is also lucky to be alive – hav­ing spent four days crawl­ing back to his car af­ter break­ing his leg and shoul­der in a hor­ri­fy­ing fall last week.

The walker, from North Carolina, had just two pro­tein bars to eat, he hadn’t told any­one where he was go­ing and his mo­bile phone wasn’t work­ing.

Speak­ing af­ter his or­deal he said: “I sat there think­ing maybe I wasn’t go­ing to be found.

“But then I went ahead and cut up my cam­era bag and a water bag...and strapped them around my knees for pads and started crawl­ing.”

A Cany­on­lands Park ranger added: “This is the third or fourth time that we’ve had is­sues at Blue John since the movie.” IT’S that time of the year I hate more than any other — not the com­ing of the colder weather, the po­lit­i­cal con­fer­ence sea­son.

Re­ally, noth­ing makes my blood boil more than see­ing all those in­sin­cere MPs go­ing on and on about what we all should be do­ing and how they would save the coun­try and how the other lot wouldn’t. It’s all cob­blers.

I mean, af­ter all the stuff about their ex­penses you’d have thought they’d want to shut-up and get on with the job, not keep preach­ing to us!

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