Jon Krakauer just can’t help but write bestselling books that are some of my favorites!
Krakauer originally wrote a lengthy piece for Outside magazine about the story of Christopher McCandless, a young college graduate who decides to abandon social norms and the comforts of civilization to venture into the wilderness of Alaska. In 1996 Krakauer expanded the article into this bestselling book and true story.
On his way to Alaska, McCandless (who renamed himself Alexander Supertramp) meets several interesting and some endearing characters. When he arrives in the Alaskan wilderness in April 1992, he has few essentials with him, no map or compass, but a book on edible plants, a small pack with a few essentials, and a rifle (clearly he didn’t take the Hiking Lady’s Backpacking Checklist!).
McCandless abandoned society in the hopes of figuring himself out, as well as the world around him. I do not believe he acted irresponsibly, but was rather naive in his lack of planning and the risks he took while alone in the Alaskan wilderness.
His story of survival and ultimate tragedy are inspiring, and while the book is far more gripping and insightful than the movie, the movie is a must see as well!
Hiking Lady Recommendation: Book: 5 of 5 stars; Movie: 5 of 5 stars