“The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure.”
Chris McCandless’ story is both inspiring and tragic. He was an American nomad in the 1980s; an itinerant traveler, a hitchhiker, and an avid outdoorsman. He accomplished several long distance wilderness hikes, and paddled portions of the Colorado River. By any account, he was an adventure traveler.
After graduating from Emory University in 1990, he hiked and hitchhiked across North America, ending up in Alaska. In April 1992, he set off on Alaska’s Stampede Trail where he eventually met his match. The last person to see McCandless alive considered him ill-prepared and inexperienced for the Alaskan wilderness. In September, his body was discovered in a shelter along the trail. It’s believed he had starved to death.
Writer and mountaineer Jon Krakauer wrote an article on McCandless fate for Outside Magazine, based on his journal entries. Later, he wrote McCandless’ biography, Into the Wild. The book was then adapted for the 2007 film Into the Wild, directed by Sean Penn, and starring Vince Vaughan and Emile Hirsch as McCandless.
Despite his tragic end – which itself is a reminder to be thoroughly prepared before embarking on adventure – we love this quote from Chris McCandless. It echos what we believe to be true. The core of our spirit is adventure.