More Young Men Go Into the Wild in Alaska

Residents wary as visitors trek to bus where
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 30, 2008 7:18 PM CDT
The abandoned bus where Christopher McCandless starved to death in 1992 is seen in this March 21, 2006 photo.   (AP Photo/ Jillian Rogers )
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(Newser) – Just as residents of Healy, Alaska feared, more men have come looking for the bus—the old jalopy where Christopher McCandless died on his famous quest, the AP reports. Portrayed in the book and film, Into the Wild, his trip to Alaska has inspired dozens to trek through dicey weather and mosquito clouds to the bus. "I don't want people to go out there and die," a former official said. "It's that simple."

"I don't look at them as nut jobs," said a lodge owner who sees visitors, mostly men, take the 22-mile trek to the bus almost daily. "I can easily see where they're coming from. But I think they're sort of idealizing an idea rather than a person." (Read more Into the Wild stories.)