AKThill4 wrote: Whether they're doing it to honor him or his philosophy...I think it's an insult to both.
I partly agree. I also think that visiting the bus cannot honor neither a person nor their philosophy, but I wouldn’t call it an insult!
AKThill4 wrote: Chris' inevitable fate was death when he decided to make the trek into the bush unprepared.
This is certainly not true, because nothing was “inevitable” from the start. In other circumstances he could have survived even badly prepared – or he could have died in another way much earlier as well; just remember how long he survived with only 10 pounds of rice and a small caliber rifle in his backpack.
AKThill4 wrote: …and by going to visit the place where he died really doesn't show your respect for Chris, especially when showing up unprepared. There have been dozens of rescues on the Stampede Trail since the book was published from tourists showing up in Alaska grossly unprepared to handle it.
Very true, however as far as I know, not everybody who went to the bus or is still planning on doing so in the future, belongs to the unprepared and clueless species you describe.
AKThill4 wrote: If you want to truly honor Chris McCandless, live out his philosophy by experiencing your own adventures. Push aside your inner plasticity/material driven self and head out on an adventure..
Very well put!
saturation64 wrote:if even for just a moment,to capture and feel and see,something of what he did. For so many,they will never have the balls to go the hole hog,even though most would love to dream of it..the closest they will ever come is to spend a few days getting a close to what he experienced
I think that’s the point that most of those “pilgrims” get wrong. Not only because almost 20 years have passed and the landscape and everything must have changed a lot in the meantime. But even if they had gone there shortly after Chris had been there, no one would ever be able to see, feel or experience the same thing as another person did before (and in this case: hopefully!, because I assume that no one would like to experience a similar thing as Chris did in that bus
). Especially when they are not even going there all alone, but with one or even a whole bunch of friends – this is really as far away as one can imagine from the so called “spirit” of Chris McCandless.
However I’m – of course - not against people travelling to the bus, if they like to check out the location, why not. Anyway, it’s a place open to the public, as it has always been and everyone has to right to use that bus as a shelter for the night or so.