On Chris’s way up to Alaska he was picked up by an 81 year old man named Ronald Franz whose wife and son had been killed in an automobile accident caused by a drunk driver years earlier, Ron had made such a friendship with Chris he asked Chris if he would let him adopt him as his grandson. Chris said they will talk about it after he got back from Alaska, but he didn’t. Ron got a letter from Chris advising him advising him to make drastic changes to his life, so he did.
Chris finally made it to Alaska was last seen at the Stampede Trail on April 28, 1992, where he went into the wild. Chris then found the Fairbanks Bus 142 where he settled in. Chris managed to live on that bus for over 100 days.
From what I’ve learned, you need 3 things that will help you survive in the wild “food, shelter, and hydration”, had shelter and hydration down, but it was with food he had trouble with. There wasn’t very much animals to hunt where he was, until 1 day he found a big moose which he killed and took to the bus. Over time, flys started laying eggs on the moose’s corpse and soon the moose began to be covered with maggots and Chris couldn’t eat the moose.
Soon, Chris extremely hungry got into his blue sleeping bag and then Christopher Johnson McCandless died of starvation. No one knows exactly when Chris died but it had to have been somewhere during August of 1992, Chris’s body was soon discovered by hunters on September 16, 1992. When the news that Chris McCandless was dead broke out many people like his family, and the friends he had made on his journey were all very sad. In 1993, Jon Krakauer wrote a 9,000-word article about Chris called “Death Of An Innocent”. Then in 1996 Jon wrote and published a now best selling book about Chris McCandless titled “Into The Wild”.