'Into the Wild' Inspires Adventurers, but at What Cost?

Christopher Johnson McCandless
"Alex"
February 1968 to August 1992
Chris, our beloved son and brother, died here during his adventurous travels in search of how he could best realize Gods' great gift of life. With his final message, "I have had a happy life and thank the Lord. Goodbye and God Bless all," we commend his soul to the world.
The McCandless family, July 1993.

The bus and the stories it holds remain a goal for an untold number of McCandless followers. Did Paterson make it? When our story first aired, we weren't sure. The last we saw him he was about eight hours into his hike, hungry and tired, but he wouldn't accept any food.

15 years after McCandless — just like so many others who've come along since— Paterson walked into the wild.

And eventually, he walked out of the wild. Paterson did his journey, telling ABC News that "it was a 26 mile hike in from the nearest road and took two days for me to walk to the bus. An awesome trip!"

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