Hikers Rescued on Trek to Into the Wild Bus
It's the second time this summer
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 28, 2013 1:44 PM CDT
The abandoned bus where Christopher McCandless starved to death in 1992 is seen on the Stampede Road near Healy, Alaska.   (AP Photo/ Jillian Rogers)

(Newser) – A second set of hikers this summer had to be rescued from the Alaska wilderness during a trek to the bus made famous in the book and movie Into the Wild. Three hikers had to be airlifted out of the region Tuesday, and one of them needed to have a leg injury checked out at the hospital. In May, three German hikers trying to reach the bus on the Stampede Trail, near Healy, also had to be rescued.

In the earlier case, the hikers told troopers the river they crossed getting to the bus had become impassable for the return due to high, swift-running water. The hikers had proper gear but only enough food for three days. The bus has become a destination for those seeking to retrace the steps of Chris McCandless. The 24-year-old starved to death in the vehicle after hiking into the region with little food or equipment in 1992.

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Mar 13, 2014 6:57 PM CDT
It is sad when so many people looking to be at one with nature have so little respect for it. Why do people who do stupid things get publicity for it?
Jun 29, 2013 5:00 AM CDT
These hikers are just as stupid as those clowns that piled aboard a ship and sailed off to some place they were unsure of where it was or even if it existed. Mayflower idiots!
Jun 28, 2013 9:35 PM CDT
LOL. OMG. If I were going to make a pilgrimage to a famous bus it would be to Ken Kesey's "Further". At least fun was had by all on that one, or so I've read.