Here you will find reviews from newspapers, magazines and individuals touched by the story of Back to the Wild.
When, in September 1992, a hunter came across the remains of a young man in the Alaskan backcountry, there was little to suggest that the emaciated corpse would be anything more than a footnote in the annals of America’s wilderness state: one of the underprepared loners who come to the state to prove themselves against its forbidding terrain and climate, and pay dearly for their inexperience. But if Christopher McCandless had arrived in the state as an unknown 24-year-old, in death he was soon to become one of the more famous adventurers to disappear into the depths of Alaska’s interior.
Chris McCandless is finally getting to tell his own story. A new book offers up photographs and writings by the young adventurer who died of starvation on the Stampede trail near Healy in 1992. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the book “Back to the Wild” provides new insight into a story that previously spawned a best-selling book and major motion picture.
On April 20, 1992, a young man with the nom de plume Alexander Supertramp posed for a highwayside photograph beneath the ramparts of Castle Mountain in Alberta’s Banff National Park. Wearing bright shorts and a colourful T-shirt, smiling and waving, he looks like a goofy kid on a holiday road trip with his family.