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'Into the wild' bus moved

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June 20, 2020

Deadly 'Into the wild' bus moved

       The abandoned bus on the Stampede Trail in Alaska - made famous by the book and film "Into the Wild" - has been moved via helicopter.

An Alaska Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter airlifted the bus, also known as the Fairbanks Bus 142 and the "Magic Bus," on Thursday afternoon, the Alaska National Guard said.

The decision to remove the bus in coordination with the Department of Natural Resources was made out of concern for public safety, the guard said in a statement. In its current location, near Healy, Alaska, the bus has drawn people into the danger of the Alaska wilderness, per CNN.

Visiting the dilapidated vehicle became a kind of pilgrimage for hikers ever since Jon Krakauer's book was published in 1996; a movie adaptation was released in 2007.

The nonfiction book chronicles the life of Christopher McCandless, who grew up in an affluent suburb of Washington. But after graduating from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1990, he left behind his comfortable life and headed west without telling his friends and family members.

In April 1992, McCandless hitchhiked to Alaska, where a man dropped him off at the head of the Stampede Trail, according to the book. A few days later, he came upon the abandoned bus left behind by a construction company and lived there for about three months.

McCandless survived by foraging for edible roots and berries, shooting an assortment of game,  including a caribou. Although he planned to hike to the coast, the boggy terrain of summer proved too difficult, so he had to wait. 

As he attempted to make his way back to civilization, he arrived at a crossing of the Teklanika River. The river was running fast and high from rain and the snowmelt from glaciers, and he was unable to make his way across, according to Krakauer.

Defeated, he turned around and headed back toward the bus, where he survived for about a month before succumbing to death in August 1992.

Into the Wild is an international bestseller that has been printed in 30 languages and 173 editions and formats.

Hikers from around the world attempt to retrace McCandless' steps every year, but many have failed and have had to be rescued. Some even died.

Last February, firefighters and Alaska state troopers rescued five Italian hikers on the Stampede Trail as they were returning from visiting the abandoned bus.

Less than a year before, a Belarus woman died on the trail trying to cross the Teklanika River to visit the bus with her new husband.


The bus that McCandless lived, and died in

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Ran DeBord - All Access Sporting News

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Attributes: AASNSports;  AP; CNN


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