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

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Day 18 – 30 Day Book Challenge – A Book You can’t find on shelves anymore that you love

30 Day Book Challenge – Day 18

A Book You can’t find on shelves anymore that you love

Into the Wild written by Jon Krakauer.

This book is the true story Christopher McCandless, who had given away all his savings in the amount of  $25,000.00, abandoned his car, most of his possessions, burned all the cash he had and hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness just outside of MT. McKinley in 1992.

He lived “off the land” for a short 4 months until his death. This is his story.

This book was later turned into a movie. Which I have not seen

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Chris McCandless sitting by the bus he lived in along the beginning of the Stampede Trail, Alaska.