Christopher Johnson McCandless, also known as Alexander Supertramp, was an American hiker. He hitchhiked from California to Alaska in 1992 and died in the Alaskan bush in 1993. He was the subject of Into the Wild, a nonfiction book by Jon Krakauer that was later made into a full-length feature film. His younger sister, Carine, wrote the memoir The Wild Truth, published by HarperCollins in November 2014.
About Chris McCandless in brief
Christopher Johnson McCandless, also known as Alexander Supertramp, was an American hiker. He hitchhiked from California to Alaska in 1992 and died in the Alaskan bush in 1993. He was the subject of Into the Wild, a nonfiction book by Jon Krakauer that was later made into a full-length feature film. His younger sister, Carine, wrote the memoir The Wild Truth, published by HarperCollins in November 2014. Carine cites her and her brother’s abusive childhood as one of the motivating factors in Chris’ desire to ‘disappear’ into the wilderness. In a statement released to the media shortly before the memoir was released, Walt and Billie McC andless denied their daughter’s accusations, stating that her book is, “fictionalized writing has absolutely nothing to do with our beloved son, Chris, his journey or his character. This whole unfortunate event in Chris’s life 22 years ago is about Chris and his dreams.’’ In September, his decomposing body, weighing only 67 pounds, was found inside the bus by a hunter. The cause of death was officially ruled to be starvation, although the exact circumstances relating to his death remain the subject to some debate. The book was subsequently adapted into a 2007 film directed by Sean Penn, with Emile Hirsch portraying McCand less. The film was released the same year as Ron Lamothe’s documentary The Call of the Wild. In the film, McCand Less is portrayed as a homeless man living in a tent in the middle of the Alaska wilderness. The movie is based on the true story of the same name, which was first told by McCAndless in 1993 in an article in Outside magazine.
The story was later published in the January 1993 issue of Outside magazine, as well as the January 1994 issue of The New York Review of Books, and the January 1995 issue of the New York City Review of books, both of which were published by Simon & Schuster, also by Simon and Schuster. The author speculated that the overlap between these two marriages affected McCandLess deeply and shaped his worldview. In his memoir, Carin, she writes that her father had apparently maintained a double life before moving to Virginia with his first wife three months after the birth of her half-brother Quinn. She speculates that this discovery gave to her brother a profound impact on the younger McCandlless. In 1986, Chris traveled to Southern California and reconnected with distant relatives and friends. In 1990, he graduated from Emory University in Georgia with a double degree of anthropology and history. After graduating, he donated his college savings of USD 24,000 to OXFAM and adopted a vagabond lifestyle, working as a farm hand and farm hand. By the end of the summer of 1990 he had completed several lengthy hiking trips and paddled a canoe down a portion of the Colorado River before hitchhiking to Alaska. In April 1992, he entered the Alaska bush with minimal supplies, hoping to live simply off the land. On the eastern bank of the Sushana River, he found an abandoned bus, which he used as a makeshift shelter.