September 6 1992

In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a party of moose hunters.  How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild.

Immediately after graduating from college in 1991, McCandless had roamed through the West and Southwest on a vision quest like those made by his heroes Jack London and John Muir.  In the Mojave Desert he abandoned his car, stripped it of its license plates, and burned all of his  cash.  He would give himself a new name, Alexander Supertramp, and , unencumbered by money and belongings, he would be free to wallow in the raw, unfiltered experiences that nature presented.  Craving a blank spot on the map, McCandless simply threw the maps away.  Leaving behind his desperate parents and sister, he vanished into the wild




6 thoughts on “September 6 1992

  1. The book is worth reading. The film is worth watching.
    I felt the call of nature through both… Then again, the weeks I spend in the back country every summer are usually when I’m happiest anyway, so it’s not very surprising that I’m a sucker for the message in this story.
    We have too much stuff. We have become too reliant on unimportant things – gizmos, gadgets, money, fame, blah, blah, blah. We need to let it all go…

    • I’ve read the book and haven’t seen the movie yet, his story is incredible, a sad ending. We go camping in provincial parks which is compared to backcountry camping “easy” but could not imagine doing what he did in the area he was in!

    • I’ve only read the book, such an incredible story!!! We grew up camping and have just started again, I always feel stronger and more “connected” when we come home.
      He was sending such a powerful message and I’m so glad someone was able to tell it.

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