Others however see McCandless's actions as a man trying to test his abilities to the max , and they respect him for that.
His father Walt mentions in Krakauers book that Chris was slightly different than other kids, a kid with few friends that preferred books which he carried on throughout. He was adventurous,ambitious, highly intelligent, and fearless.
"When Chris was eight , Walt took him on his first overnight backpacking trip, a three-day hike... too climb Old Rag. They made the summit,and Chris carried his own pack the while way.....When Chris was a little older, Walt took Billie and his children from both marriages to climb Longs Peak in Colorado...the route above looked slabby, exposed, dangerous. Id had it okay... but Chris wanted to keep going to the top. I told him no way. He was only twelve then, so all he could do was complain. If he'd been fourteen or fifteen, he would have simply gone on without me," (Krakauer 109).
At death Chris became an icon and idol for many worldwide and according ti an article by Kim Murphy states, "The story "Into the Wild" has become a touchstone for people around the world, both those who yearn to repeat a young urban man's dangerous foray into some of the nation's last true wilderness, and those who have dismissed McCandless as a clueless adventurer who went into hazardous territory dangerously unprepared."
People have been frequently talking about McCandless since his death, and since his death he inspired people to not hold back from doing what they are truly capable of doing. They admire that he is different and he relishes it so that he is happy to himself and not where others eyes say otherwise. Sadly Chris has become a source that causes trouble from his grave by inspiring others that are with a mission to be like Chris.
- "The thrill of adventure I gained from reading Into the Wild and seeing where (McCandless) traveled is inspirational. Wandering the country for more than two years with no phone, no car, no cigarettes, serves as a lesson that the material goods we all cherish and seek to obtain as status symbols are doing nothing but holding us back from doing what we are truly capable of doing."( Craig Medred).