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Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
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Jan 02, 2008

really liked it
Read in December, 2007

when i worked as a wilderness guide a few years ago, everyone i worked with was reading this book. i sort of wrote krakauer off as a stephen king or tom clancy for the backpacking crowd. i'm glad i read this. i appreciate the respect krakauer gives to this kid, in a way only an outdoorsman could.

it changed my feelings about the kid from what-a-dumbass to more understanding about what he was about - his extreme travelling in the US west for 2 years (more than anyone i know has done); why he underprovisioned and didn't take a map; how he managed to survive for 4 months on his plan; how he almost made it, and how his death was mostly a stroke of bad luck. if you are still on the what-a-dumbass side, read the book. it takes less than a day.

props to krakauer for approaching it investigative-journalism style - piecing together clues, retracing steps, interviewing key parties, putting in whole chapters in the first person. total champ.

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