‘Into the Wild’ is a non-fiction book-turned-movie written by Jon Krakauer about Christopher McCandless’s journey into the Alaskan wilderness. If you are unfamiliar with the film or novel, this real-life tale is a tragic one. The series of events that followed Christopher are sure to stay with you, too, long after you learn of his disastrous fate. Chances are good, like the thousands of people before you, that you will want to read ‘Into the Wild’ soon after this article. Yes, the story is that gripping and good — and by good we mean a jaw-dropping tear-jerker for the centuries.
However, like most Hollywood movies inspired by true stories, there are some areas that get lost in the bright lights to create a more exciting film. Keep reading to learn the truth about the man from ‘Into the Wild’.
Chris Always Loved the Outdoors
Christopher’s sister fondly recalls their camping trips as children; Chris loved taking in the nature surrounding them. He appreciated the rugged outdoors, noting it’s “harsh honesty.” Their parents, Walt and Billie, taught Chris and Carine how to put up a tent or put on hiking boots, but most importantly, their family was peaceful. When the family went camping, Walt and Billie did not fight.