Weird Nature

The Sad Tale Of Christopher McCandless, The Man From 'Into The Wild'

Who was Christopher McCandless? The young man whose life was chronicled in the book and subsequent film adaptation, Into The Wild, often seems more myth than man. After his untimely passing in 1992, his story made McCandless a larger-than-life sensation and touted his philosophy of simplicity and detachment from material goods. His persona became something that people all over the world over would cling to and adopt as their own dogma; he's often spoken of in the same breath as wilderness figures like "Grizzly Man" Timothy Treadwell, who also met an untimely end seeking solace in the remote Alaskan wilderness.

However, was Into The Wild actually based on a true story? Or was it just another romanticized account of a big-hearted dreamer who ultimately lost his life alone in the Alaskan wilderness after he realized it was too late to turn back? When it comes to McCandless, there are the facts, based on his own journal entries and family members' accounts, but then there is also the speculation surrounding the truth, as often is the case when someone passes so young and mysteriously. Delve into the short, strange life of Christopher McCandless.