Adventurer Chris McCandless Of ‘Into The Wild’ Fame Was Victim Of Freak Hydrological Event, Study Suggests
The adventurous life and tragic death of Christopher McCandless in the Alaskan wilderness was popularized by author Jon Krakauer in his 1996 novel Into the Wild and a 2007 film adaptation. At age 24, McCandless gave away all his life savings and possessions, adopting a vagabond lifestyle and living off the land. After traveling the U.S. and Mexico, in spring 1992, he ventured north into the Alaskan wilderness, where he found shelter in an abandoned bus along an old mine road. In July, after living in the bus for a little over two months, he decided to head back to civilization, but according to his journal's entry, the trail was blocked by the now impassable Teklanika River. At this point, McCandless headed back to the bus and re-established his camp. After being stranded in the wilderness for 113 days, McCandless likely died in late August of hunger and exhaustion.