Going into something dangerous and unprepared is a good way to get yourself killed. Chris McCandless was a man who followed his dreams and wanted to find his meaning in life which is what I admire about him. But he went into his dream unprepared and unintelligently. Christopher McCandless went into the wild with no idea what was ahead of him, which inevitably was his downfall in life, and I can’t help but think how selfish and stupid he was to go into something like that alone and unprepared. Even though I don’t feel Chris went in on a suicide mission I do think he went in totally unprepared without any care that his family would be very hurt if anything happened to him. All he had with him was, “…a ten-pound bag of rice. His gear seemed exceedingly minimal for the harsh conditions of the interior… Alex’s cheap leather hiking boots that were neither water proof nor well insulated. His rifle was only .22 caliber… He had no ax, no bug dope, no snowshoes, no compass” (Krakauer 5). He was going into these harsh conditions with nothing that would really help him survive for very long. These little things and his unpreparedness was the death of him, and I can’t help but think how selfish he was to do that to the people who matter most in his life. He must have known to some extent that these minimal things would not let him survive Rink 2
out there for very long, and even with his family out in the world somewhere, I don’t think he cared. Secondly, he didn’t study up on the area he was walking into. The Teklanika River was one of his mistakes he could have avoided if he had studied more. The river is usually easier to cross in the winter, which is when Chris crossed, but in the summer the melting snow makes it almost impossible to cross. When Chris got to the point where he didn’t know how much longer he could stay out there, he decided to go back. When he got back to the river though there was no way he would be able to cross without dying in the process. “… As the...
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