Remember the book and movie “Into the Wild?” This was the shocking true story of 20-year old Christopher McCandless’s escape from his world to live in a old school bus north of Alaska’s Denali National Park. After 100 days, he died in that bus on August 18, 1992.
Last week, 3 hikers who were trying to find the bus were rescued by an Army helicopter. They were stranded by the rising spring waters of the Teklanika River. The same one that McCandless could not get across when he decided he no longer wanted to live as a hermit.
Since the book and movie came out, troopers have rescued numerous hikers who hiked out to the bus but could not return due to high water in the Teklanika. In May, three German hikers trying to reach the bus also had to be rescued.
The bus has become a sort of shrine that people want to see. It is especially hard to find and the biggest obstacle is the Teklanika River. Just like McCandless, they ford the river at low flows, but become stranded as melt occurs higher up.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Not the brightest crayons in the box.” – A wise old man
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com