Northern Virginia

A Whole World Out There

      Published by Jon Krakauer in 1996 Into the Wild is the biographical account of a young man from Fairfax County, VA who hitchhiked to interior Alaska. Brashly assuming the moniker Alexander Supertramp he strode into the bush with little more than a sleeping bag, a few books, and a bag of rice, anxious to shed the trappings of capitalism and modern society. Predictably Christopher McCandless, his given name signed to a final and desperate plea for rescue, was found starved to death several months later. Many consider his exploits foolish, but to some Chris McCandless is a hero of sorts. Either way his is an intriguing story to which I can relate.