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    1. cheyhale 70 months ago | reply

      Chris is my hero and my inspiration to get out and live life. Anyone who thinks he was stupid is narrow minded. Chris got out and did what he always wanted to. He fulfilled his dream and not many people will go out and do that. He made his mistakes by not being prepared but he was smart and he is a true inspiration to all.

      I agree with him on a lot of things. I would have done anything to meet this man.

    2. houmacouple 70 months ago | reply

      How can anyone say that this guy was smart? Only a dummy would take on Alaska with no survival skills/equipment to take on such a task, not to mention something as basic as a compass and map.

      I agree that he made his dream happen, but I doubt that he planned the ill-fated trip that it turned out to be, then again, maybe he did set out to kill himself, because his actions were not that of a person in his right mind, he was foolish in his planning of such a task, and if you look up to him, you may as well look up to a five year old who packs up their toy's and say that they are running away from home, because thats what he did, he couldn't handle his problems head on, so he ran, and that makes him a coward in my book, except now he is a dead coward...

    3. Brynosaur1 70 months ago | reply

      I really dont get most of you people. he didnt do anything that hasnt been done before....except die doing it. has anyone noticed from the pictures that he seemed to not mind killing just about anything with four legs. but this genius couldnt figure out how to dry it out or preserve it? everyone says how "open minded" he was but apparently he couldnt open his mind enough to see he was running out of food. Basically the guy starved to death in a shelter protected from weather, with a furnace and bed, ON A ROAD!! I could be wrong about the last part so if anyone has ever heard of a guy who hiked to the middle of Alaskan wilderness with a bus strapped to his back let me know. if anyone should be a hero here it should be Jon Krakauer and sean penn for making this guy appear more than a spoiled rich kid acting out the ultimate parental defiance.

    4. Tahnee O 69 months ago | reply

      that mans such an inspiration to me.
      a true legend

    5. trentamj@sbcglobal.net 69 months ago | reply

      Has anyone heard of Jeremiah Johnson? He became a "mountain man" who not only learned how to live off the land, but also earn a decent living trafficking in beaver pelts. Like McCandless, Johnson was not born in the wild. Unlike McCandless, did several years' worth of apprenticeship on wilderness living with his mentor, John Hatcher. Hatcher considered Jeremiah a "quick study" on the ways of wilderness life, yet Jeremiah effectively worked under his tutelage for at least three years before Hatcher believed Johnson could handle things alone, at the age of 24. The reason I bring Jeremiah Johnson up is by way of contrast: Jeremiah Johnson respected nature's power, and fully equipped himself with the best tools and weaponry that he could lay his hands on: What did McCandless do in an admittedly much more fierce wilderness, hmm? I hate it when soft-headed romantics confuse stupidity with "an earnest desire to test oneself." Johnson respected nature, McCandless did not. Johnson died in a hospital bed at 79, and McCandless died at 24 years of age in abandoned schoolbus. At least Jeremiah Johnson would would have died in HIS OWN cabin!

    6. joe1764 69 months ago | reply

      why would anyone waste their time trashing another human being just because they disagreed with his ideals.This young man died doing something he truly believed in,are our lives truly not our own,think of yourself for a minute,DO U HAVE THE COURAGE THIS MAN HAD?,will u ever put yourself to the test that this man has?
      some may say he failed because he didnt make it out,i believe he suceeded because he followed a path he blazed for himself

    7. jellecorp 69 months ago | reply

      What a naughti boy to do that to his family!! Good to follow your dreams, that was a really wonderful thing. But his family loved him and he really hurt them. So naughti!

    8. Nick Austwick 68 months ago | reply

      "What if I were smiling and running into your arms? Would you see then what I see now?"

    9. justmyopi 68 months ago | reply

      We all will have some kind of opinion, of what this young man has done. There is one thing I think we can all agree on, is that his story made you think. It has made us ponder over the big picture and our responsibility in it. Chris has made a mark on anyone who has heard of his venture. He has sparked those who dared to dream, to search those corner of our being for the quest to enlightenment. I Goggled mapped my house in NJ and then to Healy Alaska and view the trail and the rivers to the bus. Where thru the technology of today I could see my car in the drive way and the bus on that forbidding trail. It brought 1992 to my door step and it makes me want to paint a better picture. There's lots of talk of removing the bus because so many have traveled their and under estimated the wild. I truly hope those of you who care about this place speak up. It is our nature to test and be tested. It is how we evolved.

    10. jrscott81 67 months ago | reply

      "Brynosaur1 says:

      I really dont get most of you people. he didnt do anything that hasnt been done before....except die doing it. has anyone noticed from the pictures that he seemed to not mind killing just about anything with four legs. but this genius couldnt figure out how to dry it out or preserve it? everyone says how "open minded" he was but apparently he couldnt open his mind enough to see he was running out of food. Basically the guy starved to death in a shelter protected from weather, with a furnace and bed, ON A ROAD!! I could be wrong about the last part so if anyone has ever heard of a guy who hiked to the middle of Alaskan wilderness with a bus strapped to his back let me know. if anyone should be a hero here it should be Jon Krakauer and sean penn for making this guy appear more than a spoiled rich kid acting out the ultimate parental defiance. "

      yeah, that bus had been on the Stampede Trail for decades and decades before Chris ever found it. The bus and the trail are located just outside of Denali National Park... so yeah, I'd say that was pretty much in the wilderness.

      this "road" you speak of is a two track trail that mainly only hunters use.

      And he had a lot of respect for animals. Which is why, for the most part, he only killed animals that he could eat all of before it spoiled. When he killed the moose, he tried to preserve it by smoking it, a technique he learned from a friend in South Dakota. However, smoking doesn't work too well out in the Alaskan bush. He didn't know that. The meat rotted and spoiled and became maggot infested before he could do anything about it. He was utterly devastated for killing the moose for no reason. He called it "one of the greatest tragedies of my life".

      please do some research before you start spouting out hate for things you don't understand.

      now, am I saying Chris did the right thing going out there only scarcely prepared and equipped? absolutely not. The Alaskan wilderness is unforgiving, unwavering, and unkind to anyone who goes out there unprepared. It can also be one of the most rewarding and incredible places if you are adequately prepared.

    11. Stacy Lane 67 months ago | reply

      His plan was never to plan his journey to the T so that he would know where he was going, and have everything needed to live in the wild. He always knew that there was the threat that he would die out there in the wilderness. People seem to have a hard time wrapping their heads around the fact that maybe Chris was fine with not being concerned with what would happen next. Some claim he didn't know what he was doing, but he knew exactly the amount he wanted to know. He took risks that most people would never dare taking.

    12. limoman21 67 months ago | reply

      hi my name is brett kish and your son did what he wanted to and he seen things done things no one can take from him band he was pround of it so we live for 1 seconond or 24 years or 100 years we have lived u have v1 great son be pround stand tall he toush ed a lot of people so my can dolances are with u and your family to lose a child is torcher no one can explain but some that has gone throught it so live on and stand tall u had 1 great kid rest in peace chris .from the limoman

    13. freedomfighter2007 66 months ago | reply

      A great man. This is the sort of breed nearly extinct in our sad, frightened conditioned culture. This is the sort that made america great in the first place. People call him crazy. Why? Because he wanted more than a nine to five job in a cubicle somewhere? And even if he was crazy, so what? Often it's the so called nut jobs who are responsible for some of the greatest human achievements. And why? Because they don't give a damn what you think that's why. People say he was foolish for dying for his ideals. What shall we die for then? People say he was selfish for choosing the road, and they miss the point. The road CHOSE HIM. Inside Chris was something untamed, fierce, and beautiful. He knew who he was, and more importantly, knew who and what he was determined not to become...another dead soul, empty of passion and the need for adventure, inching along on the freeway in a metal coffin to a job they can't stand, never knowing what they're capable of or who they might be if they only had the courage. Don't we have enough of those already? Like him or not, agree with him or not, we need people like Chris to remind us that the spirit of mankind is still alive. Chris didn't ask anyone to fight his battles for him. He only wanted to live as fully as a person can hope to,asking nothing from no one so what is him crime? Where is the nobility of existing for many many long years only to die with the knowledge we were never really alive to begin with? He was willing to endure poverty to explore the deeper mysteries of life, and in the same way, he was willing to die for it too. We should all be so lucky.

    14. asif987 64 months ago | reply

      R.I.P
      You're not an idiot. I respect you and respect your death.

    15. Silvina Scotto 63 months ago | reply

      After all...Happiness is only real if shared

    16. Earnest-Lee 56 months ago | reply

      Yes! He learned a lot. Loved the film.

    17. Rachel Ramos. 54 months ago | reply

      I would've done anything to meet this guy :)

    18. Clara Barnes 46 months ago | reply

      i really love him <3

    19. julie tower 20 months ago | reply

      Not that happy......Day 2: Fall through the ice day. Day 4: Magic bus day. Day 9: Weakness. Day 10: Snowed in. Day 13: Porcupine day.... Day 14: Misery. Day 31: Move bus. Grey bird. Ash bird. Squirrel. Gourmet duck! Day 43: MOOSE! Day 48: Maggots already. Smoking appears ineffective. Don't know, looks like disaster. I now wish I had never shot the moose. One of the greatest tragedies of my life. Day 68: Beaver Dam. Disaster. Day 69: Rained in, river looks impossible. Lonely, Scared. Day 74: Terminal man. Faster. Day 78: Missed wolf. Ate potato seeds and many berries coming. Day 94: Woodpecker. Fog. Extremely weak. Fault of potato seed. Much trouble just to stand up. Starving. Great jeopardy. ... Day 100: Death looms as serious threat, too weak to walk out, have literally become trapped in wild—no game. Day 101-103: [No written entries, just the days listed.] Day 104: Missed bear! Day 105: Five squirrel. Caribou. Day 107: Beautiful berries.

    20. julie tower 20 months ago | reply

      He wasn't that happy....Day 2: Fall through the ice day. Day 4: Magic bus day. Day 9: Weakness. Day 10: Snowed in. Day 13: Porcupine day.... Day 14: Misery. Day 31: Move bus. Grey bird. Ash bird. Squirrel. Gourmet duck! Day 43: MOOSE! Day 48: Maggots already. Smoking appears ineffective. Don't know, looks like disaster. I now wish I had never shot the moose. One of the greatest tragedies of my life. Day 68: Beaver Dam. Disaster. Day 69: Rained in, river looks impossible. Lonely, Scared. Day 74: Terminal man. Faster. Day 78: Missed wolf. Ate potato seeds and many berries coming. Day 94: Woodpecker. Fog. Extremely weak. Fault of potato seed. Much trouble just to stand up. Starving. Great jeopardy. ... Day 100: Death looms as serious threat, too weak to walk out, have literally become trapped in wild—no game. Day 101-103: [No written entries, just the days listed.] Day 104: Missed bear! Day 105: Five squirrel. Caribou. Day 107: Beautiful berries.

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