Lifeline – that’s how one of my fellow hikers described the book “Into the Wild” while we were climbing the highest peak of the Philippines years back. He discussed about how life changing the thoughts of Christopher McCandles (or Alexander Supertramp) were. And how the book guided him in pursuing a life that truly matters.
Because of curiosity, he lent me his book (in exchange for my Khaled Hosseini’s And the Mountains Echoed) and true to his words, Christopher McCandles etched his spirit of adventure into my system after I’ve read the book for the first time.
Because of our busy schedules, we weren’t able to return each other’s book. During this pandemic, I had a chance to ransack my shelf once again and found his precious lifeline. I don’t know if it’s because I have been home quarantined for a long time, but his words truly sound different now.
Summary of Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild
In 1996, Jon Krakauer published the vivid story of Christopher McCandles – a young man who was found dead in a bus in Alaska in 1992 after years of traveling across the United States. Into the Wild tells the life story of how Christopher McCandless set out on a solo backpacking adventure after graduating from Emory University in 1990.
He started driving around with his car, which was disabled by flood, then continued wandering by walking on foot. He then hitchhiked to Fairbanks, Alaska before hiking the notorious Stampede Trail even if he had limited supplies and incomplete hiking equipment. He lived in an abandoned bus and died their from starvation (food poisoning).
10 Inspiring Quotes from ‘Into the Wild’
Here are some of the quotes that I truly love from Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild.
1. “The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”
2. “So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned by a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure.”
3. “It is important in life not to be strong, but to feel strong, to measure yourself at least once.
4. “If you want something in life, reach out and grab it.”
5. “Happiness is only real, when shared.”
6. “The core of mans’ spirit comes from new experiences.”
7. “Don’t settle down and sit in one place. Move around, be nomadic, make each day a new horizon.”
8. “But in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure.”
9. “Don´t hesitate or allow yourself to make excuses. Just get out and do it. Just get out and do it. You will be very, very glad that you did.”
10. “The core of man’s spirit comes from new experiences. And there you are, stubborn old man, sitting on your butt.
What have you been reading these days? Have you read Christopher McCandless’ story as well? Have you watch the movie? How was it? Which among his words moved you? Share them down below!