“Happiness [is] only real when shared”: Visiting Jon Krakauer’s ‘Into the Wild’ Bus
“Happiness [is] only real when shared”
― Jon Krakauer,
“Don’t settle down and sit in one place. Move around, be nomadic, make each day a new horizon. You are still going to live a long time, Ron, and it would be a shame if you did not take the opportunity to revolutionize your life and move into an entirely new realm of experience.” ― Jon Krakauer
When Eddie Habeck booked a hiking and trail-running excursion through Alaska in 2012, he wasn’t planning to visit Fairbanks Bus 142. The 39-year-old Vermont resident only realized in the process of plotting his trip that he was heading to the state that houses the bus where Chris McCandless, the post-college vagabond subject of journalist Jon Krakauer’s book Into the Wild (as well as the film that followed) was found dead of apparent starvation on September 6, 1992, after spending four months in the Denali National Park and Preserve on a solo adventure into the wilderness.
His trip wasn’t without difficulty, least of which was crossing the waters of the Teklanika River, which were waist-deep around that time of year but he eventually made it to Bus 142, which has been left in place to serve as a shelter for hunters and trappers. Late last month, hikers Michael Trigg and Theodore Aslund were the subjects of a rescue operation that involved more than 20 people and one helicopter, after making it to the bus and taking longer than expected on their return journey. His most recent trip took place in 2014, when McCandless’s sister Carine (whose own memoir, The Wild Truth, was published that year) joined him and 11 other hikers on the trek.
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