His body was found by hunters 19 days after he died and later his parents would visit Bus 142 to leave a memorial
Jon Krakauer (A writer from Outside magazine) did an article on Chris in January 1993 and later wrote the book which
in 2007 became the movie ‘Into the Wild’ by Sean Penn.
Chris’s actions have caused many different debates on safety in the wild and what not to do and many have said that
what he did amounted to suicide. But, he has also had a lot of praise for his courage and spirit of adventure. Bus 142 has become somewhat of a tourist attraction, with many visiting every year and posting Youtube vidoes and pictures on the internet.
Christopher McCandless Journal Entries for his Alaskan Adventure -
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 mad. 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. Day 108-113: [Days were marked only with slashes.]
Chris’ parents, Billie and Walt McCandless have kept out of the spotlight and have maintained their privacy through this ordeal, but at the same time have successfully managed the Christopher Johnson McCandless Memorial Foundation that was launched when the first book was released. This foundation assists underpriviliged children all around the world from donations and book earnings.
However, both realise that there is an incomprehensable interest in the story about their son and have decided that the hundreds of pictures and beautiful journal entries Chris made should be shared with the public in a book and DVD called Back To The Wild. All those participating in this new book and DVD project are volunteers. Those that have been inspired by the story, or those offering their talents to help make it a success. This is a great example of the reach that Christopher McCandless has made throughout the world.