INTO THE WILD Site Claims Another Victim

Into the Wild by John Krakauer

The Alaskan wilderness that killed Christopher McCandless in Jon Krakauer’s 1996 book, Into the Wild, has claimed another victim. A 29-year-old Swiss woman, Claire Jane Ackermann, drowned on August 14, 2010 while trying to cross the Teklanika River to reach the abandoned bus where McCandless died. The bus has become a destination for adventurers and fans of Into the Wild.

Into the Wild is based on the true story of McCandless, who walked away from his life in 1990 and began traveling, eventually hitchhiking to Alaska. He then hiked out into the wilderness and ended up camping out in an old Fairbanks city bus where he starved to death. At one point he tried to leave, but was trapped by the Teklanika River.

Emile Hirsch starred as McCandless in the 2007 Into the Wild movie directed by Sean Penn. Since the movie’s debut, park service rangers have noticed an increase in the amount of hikers going to the bus, located on the Stampede Trail. They urge people to be prepared and educated in how to travel the Alaskan backcountry, especially river crossings, before attempting the hike.

(Source: LA Times)

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