Monday, June 22, 2020

The abandoned bus in Alaska popularized by the book and movie adaptation of “Into the Wild” was removed Thursday,

the Alaska Army National Guard soldiers used a CH-47 Chinook helicopter to remove it

The 1940s bus was used to house employees by the Yutan Construction Co. when it built an access road about 25 miles west of the Parks Highway, the main thoroughfare between Anchorage and Fairbanks.

The bus was abandoned in 1961 and had become an emergency shelter

Christopher McCandless hiked to the bus located about 250 miles (402 kilometers) north of Anchorage nearly three decades ago, and the 24-year-old Virginian died from starvation when he couldn’t hike back out because of the swollen Teklanika River. He kept a journal of his plight, discovered when his body was found. McCandless’ story was first documented in Jon Krakauer’s 1996 book “Into the Wild,” followed by Sean Penn’s movie of the same name in 2007.

1 comment:

  1. His death actually brought to light an oversight. Before he headed for the bus, he purchased what was considered the bible of foraging in Alaska. One of the berries that everyone relied on actually killed him. Something in them coated the nutrient receptors in his body and he slowly starved to death while eating them. He was very skinny. If he was heavier, he would have had some reserve and possibly survived. Also, there were/are many survival huts in the area that are meant to sustain someone until help arrives. All were vandaized and they think he did it, so he would have to rely on his own skills. Some think he was suicidal, but some that knew him thought he was just testing himself. His sister believes this was his last test and that he was going to rejoin the world when he finished it.