Into the Wild

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Chris McCandless

The real Chris McCandless.

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"Dark spruce forest frowned on either side the frozen waterway. The trees had been stripped by a recent wind of their white covering of frost, and they seemed to lean towards each other, black and ominous, in the fading light. A vast silence reigned over the land. The land itself was a desolation, lifeless, without movement, so lone and cold that the spirit of it was not even that of sadness. There was a hint in it of laughter, but of a laughter more terrible than any sadness - a laughter that was mirthless as the smile of the sphinx, a laughter cold as the frost and partaking of the grimness of infallibility. It was the masterful and incommunicable wisdom of eternity laughing at the futility of life and the effort of life. It was the Wild, the savage, frozen-hearted Northland Wild" (Krakauer 9).

The scenery is phenominal in Alaska. I think I am really going to enjoy it up there. It will take me some time, effort and much walking to reach my destination but I believe it will be worth it.

Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive + Lyrics [Best Version]

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"Galien offered to drive Alex all the way to Anchorage, buy him some decent gear; and the drive him back to wherever he wanted to go. "No thanks anyway," Alex replied, "I'll be fine with what I've got"" (Krakauer 6).

This song really pumps me up. I feel like I am capable of anything when I hear it. I know I can make it on my journey to Alaska.

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"On the northern margin of the Alaska Range, just before the hulking ramparts of Mt. McKinley and its satellites surrender to the low Kantishna plain, a series of lesser ridges, known as the Outer Range, sprawls across the flats like a rumpled blanket on an unmade bed. Between the flinty crests of the two outermost escarpments of the Outer Range runs an east-west trough, maybe five miles across, carpeted in a boggy amalgam of muskeg, alder thickets, and veins of scrawny spruce. Meandering through the tangled, rolling bottomland is the Stampede Trail, the route Chris McCandless followed into the wilderness" (Krakauer 9).

I know that people will degrade me and say I will not be able to make it but I want to prove people wrong and show them that I am capable of this journey. I understand that I will face many difficult challenges along the way, therefore, I have prepared myself both mentally and physically. I will take on the Alaskan wilderness despite anyone who tells me to turn around.

Surviving Alone in Alaska

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"Driving west out of Atlanta, he intended to invent an utterly new life for himself, one in which he would be free to wallow in unfiltered experience. To symbolize the complete severance from his previous life, he even adopted a new name. No longer would he answer to Chris McCandless; he was now Alexander Supertramp, master of his own destiny" (Krakauer 22, 23).

I really enjoyed video. It gave me an idea of what I will be facing and how to face it. I do not agree with every tip given in the video but I did enjoy the overall perspective. I feel like now that I've watched this I am able to face the Alaskan wilderness and any trouble ahead.

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"Still, Gallien was concerned. Alex admitted that the only food in his pack was a ten pound bag of rice. His gear seemed exceedingly minimal for the harsh conditions of the interior, which in April still lay buried under the winter snowpack. Alexs cheap leather hiking boots were neither waterproof nor well insulated. His rifle was only .22 caliber, abore too small to rely on if he expected to kill large animals like moose and caribou,which he would have to eat if he hoped to remain very long in the country. He had no ax,no bug dope, no snowshoes, no compass. The only navigational aid in his possession was a tattered state road map hed scrounged at a gas station" (Krakauer 7).

I think this article is very helpful. I do not think I will need too much gear for my trip. I will pack less because I will not need anything besides a few items to get me by. The less stuff the better.