Into the Wild

Submitted by Anonymous Hitchhiker on 11 May 2010 - 12:36pm

Immediately after graduating from college in 1991, Alex roams through the West and Southwest in the United States on a vision quest. In the Mojave Desert he abandons his car, strips it of its license plates, and burns all of his cash. Officially named Christopher Johnson McCandless, he also gives himself a new name, Alexander Supertramp.

Alex travels for more than two years before he goes to live in the wild, without the advents of human society. Living in a bus in the midst of the Alaskan wilderness with nothing more than some basic supplies, he keeps a careful diary of his time, his thoughts, and his reasons for fleeing from society.

Over a hundred days later, hunters find McCandless’s body partially decomposed in the bus, the diaries and meager supplies still nearby.

Into the Wild (1996) by Jon Krakauer is the widely-praised bestselling non-fiction book about the adventures of Christopher. In 2007 the movie Into the Wild was released based on the book.

Author of the book: 
Jon Krakauer