The Journey of Chris McCandless

  • Chris McCandless Graduates from Emory University

  • Chris Abandoned His Car

    Chris abandoned his car and buried his Winchester deer-hunting rifle and other things. Then, he buried all the money he had which was $123.
  • Chris Set Out to HIke Around Lake Mead

    He hiked out around Lake Mead and he recorded in his journal that that was a bad mistake. He specifically said "tremendous mistake...In extreme July temperatures becomes delerious."
  • Chris Catches a Ride from Crazy Ernie and Meets The Burreses

    At the end of July, Chris accepts a ride from a guy who calls himself Crazy Ernie. The man offers Chris a jov on a ranch in northern Cali. Crazy Ernie had not intended on paying Chris so Chris stole a red in bike from the yard then drove it ten yards and ditched the bike in a mall parking lot.
  • Chris Gets in Trouble with the Authorities

    Chris gets ticketed for hitchhiking near Willow Creek and the unpaid ticket was sent to Chris's parents, Walt and Billie.
  • Chris Catches a Ride to Needles, California

  • Chris Paddled Through Yuma

    Chris stopped at Yuma long enough to write a letter and send a postcard to Westerberg.
  • Chris Reacheed the Morelos Dam and the Mexican Border

    Chris sneaked into Mexico by paddling through the dam's open floodgates and shooting the spilway below, afraid they wouldn't let him in because he didn't have any identification.
  • Chris Finds Out That the Canal Does Not Reach the Ocean

    Chris sees that the canal does not lead to the ocean but he tries and works his way through swamp to the sea. He then has to drag his canoe through mud and at sundown he finds some dry ground to camp.
  • Chris Continues HIs Quest

    Chris tries to find an opening to the sea but kept going in circles then he found Mexican duck hunting guides who spoke English and they tell him there's no outlet to the sea.
  • Chris Finds Wellteco Canal and Heads South.

  • Chris Hauled the Canoe Far Up a Beach and Set Up a Camp

    Chris set up a camp on the edge of a desolate plateau and stayed there for ten days until winds forced him to move.
  • Chris Begins " A Fateful Day"

    Chris beached the canoe on a sandbar and observed powerful waves. Then an hour later the winds got really strong coming from the desert.
  • Chris Abandoned His Canoe

    Chris leaves his canoe on a hummock of dune grass southeast of El Golfo de Santa Clara and started walking north.
  • Chris Gets Caught By Immigration Authorities

    Because Chris tried to slip into the country without ID he spent the night in custody.
  • Chris Heads to LA to Get an ID and Job

    Chris went out to LA to get an ID and a job but as he recorded in his journal, he felt really uncomfortable around the people so he returned to the road immediately.
  • Chris Returns to Detrital Wash

    Chris returns to Detrital Wash and unearths a few belongings he buried there.
  • Chris Buried His Backpack and Got a Job

    Chris went to Los Vegas and got a job at an Italian restaurant.
  • Chris Left His Los Vegas Job

    Chris left his job and got his backpack and hit the road. He also burried the camera.
  • Chris Hitchhikes More

    Chris hitched down U.S. Highway 101 into Cali then went back to the desert.
  • Chris Landed in Bullhead City, Arizona

  • Chris Sets Off to the Alaska Bush

    Chris gets a ride from his friend Westerberg into the Alaska Bush.
  • Chris is In Fairbanks

    Alex finally hits Fairbanks
  • Chris Writes Letters to the People he Met Along the Way

  • Chris Hits the Stampede Trail

    Chris gets a ride from Jim Gallien and he arrives at the Stampede Trail
  • Chris Finds the Bus

    Chris crossed the Teklanika River which was knee deep and arrived at an abandoned bus sitting on the trail.
  • Chris Kills a Moose

    Chris shoots and kills a moose but three days later the moose meat was full of maggots. He regretted killing the moose because he just let it go to waste.
  • Chris Writes a Note

    Chris writes a S.O.S. note saying "ATTENTION POSSIBLE VISITORS S.O.S. I NEED YOUR HELP. I AM INJURED, NEAR DEATH, AND TOO WEAK TO HIKE OUT OF HERE.I AM ALL ALONE, THIS IS NO JOKE. IN THE NAME OF GOD, PLEASE REMAIN TO SAVE ME. I AM OUT COLLECTING BERRIES AND SHALL RETURN THIS EVENING. Thank you, CHRIS MCCANDLESS, AUGUST?
  • Chris Dies

    Chris died from eating wild potato seeds that was poisoned with swainsonine and straved to death. He also left a note on his final day; "I have had a happy life and thank the Lord. Goodbye and may God bless all!"