Yep, that dude was a *******. Haven't read the book or seen the movie, but still the dude is a *******. And BTW that fricken Miller Light Commercial about triple hops that is playing in the background right now was also written by a *******.
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1) Into the Wild is a pretty short book (I finished it in about 3-4 hours), but yes, he was a *******
2) "A Walk in the Woods" is a good book too (I liked the hobo killing knife part). Bill Bryson is an awesome writer, I'm in the middle of "Thunderbolt Kid" right now
3) Into Thin Air is well written - especially if you are unfamiliar with climbing - but I have read maybe 5 different books that all came out after about the same event and pretty much everybody says that Krauker's version is a ton of self serving BS
I read the book years ago and then saw the movie. The movie was worth a watch, but I'd recommend the book over the movie. I think he was naive more than stupid... OK, maybe both equally.
If you want to read a book about a successful guy who did this, try "One Man's Wilderness" by Sam Keith/Richard Proenneke. I think, too, that he (Proenneke) appeals to the homebrewer's spirit because he makes everything by hand and by himself and from natural or scrounged-up materials.
The kid is an arrogant jackass. Survival is hard for the experienced not a highschool kid. Its not "adventure" its life and death.
Yuri- on a side note the Helo guys here saw the bus and landed next to it to check it out. They got in trouble cause someone freaking reported them. Who the hell would be out there and who would be pissed they stopped to look at it?