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Those who have read Jon Krakauer's book Into the Wild or watched the 2007 Sean Penn’s movie by the same name, should be able to recollect Christopher McCandless. His story is well known. McCandless was a 24-year-old American hiker, who abandoned his safe suburban upbringing, donated $24,000 in savings to charity and ventured into the Alaskan wilderness in April 1992 with little food and equipment, hoping to live simply for a time in solitude. Almost four months later, a group of moose hunters discovered McCandless's starved remains inside an abandoned bus which he had used as shelter during the last few days of his life. Today, the Fairbanks City Transit System Bus 142, also known as the “Magic Bus”, located just outside the northern boundary of Denali National Park, in Alaska, is a site of pilgrimage for hundreds of tourists who follow in the idealist's trail.

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A photograph of Christopher McCandless recovered from his camera.

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