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Death's a fierce meadowlark:
but to die having made
Something more equal to centuries
Than muscle and bone, is mostly to shed weakness.
The mountains are dead stone, the people
Admire or hate their stature, their insolent quietness,
The mountains are not softened or troubled
And a fewdead men's thoughts have the same temper.


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Christopher McCandless

Chris McCandless
Chris McCandless

Who is Christopher McCandless:
Chris was an American wanderer who hiked into the Alaskan wilderness with little food and equipment, hoping to live a period of solitude. Almost four months later he died of starvation near Denali National Park and Preserve. Inspired by the details of McCandless' story, author Jon Krakauer wrote a book about his adventures, published in 1996, entitled Into the Wild.


"Into The Wild" Trailer

Christopher Johnson McCandless
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One of the most significant places that Chris's travels to is the town of Carthage, South Dakota. Here he meets wayne and establishes a healthy friendship among the townsfolk. In this part of his journey is safe to say that Chris could "see" himself living in the enviroment and conforming to an easier life. SD-Harvest.jpg
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Chris travels to many places among his journey. One of them being Slab City and Salvation Mountain.
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Chris eventually tackles one of his biggest fears by kayaking down the colorado river all the way into mexico. This being one of Chris's biggest fears, shows how he challenged himself again and again.
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The Bus on the Stampede Trail
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As quoted by Wikipedia:
"The Stampede Trail in Alaska was a mining trail blazed in the 1930s by Alaska miner Earl Pilgrim to access his antimony claims on Stampede Creek, above the Clearwater Fork of the Toklat River. Located in Denali Borough; what is now known as Stampede Road begins near the Nenana River at the Alaska Railroad's Anchorage-Fairbanks route in the village of Lignite.
In 1961, Yutan Construction won a contract from the new state of Alaska to upgrade the trail as part of Alaska's Pioneer Road Program, building a road on which trucks could haul ore from the mines year-round to the railroad. The project was halted in 1963 after some fifty miles of roads were built, but no bridges were ever constructed over the several rivers it crossed, and the route was shortly rendered impassable by thawing permafrost and floods. The trail has since been used by backcountry travelers on foot, bicycle,snowmachines and motorcycle."
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Chris Arrives In Fairbanks prior to his journey through the stampede trail. Here he sends his last known postcards to a few of his closest friends.
Here is a picture of the best description of what Alaska looks like in the winter.. even in the modernized city limits.
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-52 degrees as a normality.. this would be something Chris would know in detail. Regardless of the time of year Chris traveled through Alaska and embarked on his journey.. the vastness and extreme nature of Alaska never discourages his journey. His planning of Alaska for more than three years tells us that these weather conditions, even if he would avoid them with the time of year, would never deter his goals. He simply planned around all obstacles, and never once let those obstacles bring him down.