Great Alaskan Adventure Chris McCandless



Into The Wild is a true story about Chris McCandless a graduate from Emory University who died in 1992 in Alaska. After graduating from high school he left for a road trip around the country. He found out that his dad was secretly with a second family during his childhood. He later graduated from Emory University and convinced his parents that he would be going to law school and then never kept in contact with them. He thought there was more out in nature and the world and wanted to be apart of it. Chris donated $25,000 to charity and then left to travel on his own. After leaving Atlanta, Chris abandon his car after the engine got wet by a flash flood area. He then hitchhikes around the Northwest not staying in places for long and keeping little to no money with him. Chris then decides to call himself by a different name, Alexander Supertramp. The people he meets along this adventure know him by this name and admire his willingness to travel alone and live the way he believes. After having a few years of traveling from place to place he finally had a set plan that he was going to go to Alaska. He wanted to live completely on his own with little supplies and food. He spends a few months preparing in South Dakota before heading to Alaska. Everyone tells him he needs to better prepare and wait until spring time to leave he is too stubborn to listen. April of 1992, Chris gets dropped off in Mt. McKinley and hikes his way into Alaska where he will spend the next 16 weeks hunting for food and living in a stranded bus made for hunters. He is successful for the majority of the time. He loses a significant amount of weight during this time. He eats the wrong type of plant that poisons him and he can no longer eat or hunt because he is very weak. He realizes he is going to die, so he rights a good bye letter and a few weeks later hunters find him dead in the bus.


Transcendentalism is a philosophy that holds God and nature as the greatest teachings that could be taught. Natures lesson can bring a person closer to God. This philosophy is also seen as God is everything and in everything with a direct relationship with God. Like McCandless, transcendentalism is believed that society was corrupt and killed individuality. Chris can be seen as a transcendentalist that also believes that materialistic things are worthless and superficial. That is reasoning to why Chris believed he needed to live on his own in nature.

Chris McCandless

Chris lived in Virginia with his parents. Both of his parents had great jobs and were very wealthy. Chris was adventurous and bold growing up. He didn't find out until later in his teenage years the history between his parents. Chris's dad had a different family until he found out that his mistress, Chris's mother, was pregnant with Chris. After he graduated high school he went on a road trip to California where he met up with some family friends told him. Chris graduated from Emory University with honors in 1990. He had a bright future ahead of him, but instead he threw away all identification and donated all his savings to charity and left on an adventure. He didn't keep contact with his parents of sister, he didn't even tell them where he was going or doing. He later abandon his car and burned any money he brought with him. He came across many people that after leaving them he would still write letters to. In his letters he said he wanted his final destination to be Alaska. He later died and found in Alaska.

Chris McCandless


"In the wilderness, I find something more dear and connate than in streets or villages." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"There will never be a really free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power." ~ Henry David Thoreau

"Much Madness is divinest Sense" ~ Emily Dickinson

"In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time, Look'd up in perfect silence at the stars." ~ Walt Whitman

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if i could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I cam to die, discovered that i had not lived." ~ Henry David Thoreau 


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