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Subject: In Spring 1992, noted traveler Chris McCandless, perilously hiked Alaska's Stampede Trail alone, only to become stranded in the rugged wilderness, dying by Summer 1992, starved on an abandoned bus he came across. ...

His fatal journey and journal was the basis of a 2007 biopic.
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Date Posted: Thursday, November 09, 10:23:27am
In reply to: Kind of a bus?! 's message, "Actress Dana Palato died in an RV." on Thursday, November 09, 10:05:16am

Sad end ...

...In the Spring of 1992, Chris McCandless' hiked through Alaska alone. He journaled of his trip. By August he was stranded. His final written journal entry, noted as "Day 107", simply read, "Beautiful Blue Berries." The days 108 through 113 contained no words and were marked with only slashes. On September 6, 1992, a hunter who was looking for shelter for the night came upon the converted bus McCandless had been staying in. Upon entering, he smelled what he thought was rotting food and discovered "a lump" in a sleeping bag. The hunter quickly radioed police, who arrived the following day. They found McCandless' decomposing body in the sleeping bag. He had died of starvation sometime in August.

The converted bus where McCandless lived and died has since become a well-known destination for hikers. Known as "The Magic Bus", the 1946 International Harvester was abandoned by road workers in 1961 on the Stampede Trail where it remains today. A plaque in McCandless' memory is affixed to the interior. McCandless' life became the subject of a number of articles, books, films and documentaries, which helped elevate his life to the status of modern myth. He became a romantic figure to some inspired by what they see as his free-spirited idealism, but to others a controversial misguided figure."The Magic Bus" has become a pilgrimage destination for trekkers who camp at the vehicle, some of whom have also gotten into difficulties due to the Teklanika River

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I'd always believed McCandless was an ideological, disciplined adventurer seeking knowledge though nature. But looking at that 20/20 VIDEO expose, ...he was NUTS. He did NOT respect nature, or its dynamics. (NT)He threw away money, tools, even maps at every turn of his journey. I now feel he was undiagnosed mental illness.Thursday, November 09, 10:32:49am

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