After seeing Into the Wild will anyone pull a Chris Mccandless?

musicismylife78musicismylife78 Posts: 6,018
edited November 2007 in All Encompassing Trip
Will this movie inspire people to do as Chris did, and just take off.

I must say the movie is one of the most inspiring I have ever seen, and although he made mistakes, it made me want to set off Into the Wild!!
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  • Will this movie inspire people to do as Chris did, and just take off.

    I must say the movie is one of the most inspiring I have ever seen, and although he made mistakes, it made me want to set off Into the Wild!!

    it was a very inspiring movie, but i think i would be too scared to live in the wild by myself.
  • brainofPJbrainofPJ Posts: 2,361
    my wife won't let me


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  • I think some people will try it, because the film, more so than the book, glorifies Chris's journey. He has a very romantic philosophy and people will respond to that. They already have; there's no question there. BUT will they go to the same drastic measures, after seeing the mistakes Chris made and the tragic consequences? Maybe not.

    Personally, I don't know about "the wild", but yeah, I would love to just take off someday with no plans or destination in mind...but I wouldn't distance myself from my family or burn my wallet, and I don't think it would be as permanent as Chris intended his own journey to be. I wouldn't take as many risks, but I'd love to do something really spontaneous for once in my life, and yes, the film, book and Alexander Supertramp himself have inspired me.



    Although I'm probably too chickenshit to ever follow through. :D The most spontaneous thing I think I could ever convince myself to do would be to travel around next tour season, which I haven't yet had the opportunity to do, what with school and everything.
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  • hrd2imgnhrd2imgn Southwest Burbs of ChicagoPosts: 4,063
    made me think a lot, but not about leaving.

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  • EarthgirlEarthgirl Posts: 695
    I just read the book and watched the movie...... he was very unprepared for what he did, but he followed his dreams and took risks. Very good movie. Even better book. I felt sorry for his sister, that he didnt contact her at all.. that he kind of left her behind... If he hadn't of ate that.... if he had of just read the book more correctly he would most likely be alive today. After all, he did survive for 16 weeks on his own with out any human contact.
    RIP Chris.
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  • BinGnarlyBinGnarly Posts: 508
    I dont want to go live in Alaska but yes I plan on tramping around for awhile. I still havnt seen the movie but im almost done with the book.
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  • nothingman44nothingman44 Posts: 1,487
    i feel like disappearing right now...
  • Wait... if I do, do I have to give up the Message pit?


    No...just login at your nearest tree stump.
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  • bharQbharQ Posts: 1,201
    only if they have wireless....if so me and my iPod touch will see all of Alaska!
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  • ByrnzieByrnzie Posts: 21,037
    Will this movie inspire people to do as Chris did, and just take off.

    I must say the movie is one of the most inspiring I have ever seen, and although he made mistakes, it made me want to set off Into the Wild!!

    I thought about this question whilst reading the book. I reckon some people out there will definitely go off and do the same thing now. I don't think they'll go without a map though.
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  • I hope so, we need to rid the world of more idiots!
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  • ByrnzieByrnzie Posts: 21,037
    I hope so, we need to rid the world of more idiots!

    I get nothing but negative vibes from you.
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  • Vedd HeddVedd Hedd Posts: 3,023
    I would never do it.

    the ties that bind.....
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  • AmentsChickAmentsChick Posts: 6,956
    Will this movie inspire people to do as Chris did, and just take off.

    I must say the movie is one of the most inspiring I have ever seen, and although he made mistakes, it made me want to set off Into the Wild!!

    LOL! Are you crazy?! My mom would kick my arse if I did anything like that! LOL!!
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  • Vedd Hedd wrote:
    I would never do it.

    the ties that bind.....


    I agree!! No kidding.. go out and live where you want and be true to yourself, but honestly I think there's a special place in hell for people who deliberately cause their families pain like that.
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  • nick1977nick1977 Posts: 327
    I love the idea of living in the wilderness....but his mistake was not taking a few people with him. One key to long term wilderness survival is being part of a group. It is possible, but if you are alone, you will eventually make a mistake, like he did, which turned out to be a fatal mistake.
  • decides2dreamdecides2dream Posts: 14,928
    Vedd Hedd wrote:
    I would never do it.

    the ties that bind.....



    agreed.
    i love nature and i LOVE travel, but neither to such an extent that i would want to be utterly alone......and i ADORE being alone. however, also LOVe my husband, and people in general, far TOO much to be outside civilization for long.


    besides, while i thought it a brilliant movie, i personally cannot imagine it truly 'inspiring' anyone to any such thing. sure, to follow your drems and goals, to travel, to experience nature and such, etc....sure. but to do so completely solo, and so unprepared? nah, don't think so. i mean hell, even chris realized 'happiness only exists when shared'....so to me, BIG important lesson right there for anyone paying attention.
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  • mammasanmammasan Posts: 5,656
    I would definitely go out and explore this country, maybe not permanently like Chris did. I have often thought about just taking sometime off, maybe a few months, and just galavanting across the country, in my own car. Seeing all the sights this country has to offer, but in the end I would return home to my family and friends because that is where my heart lies.
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  • my2handsmy2hands Posts: 17,118
    headed to the catskills this weekend
  • decides2dreamdecides2dream Posts: 14,928
    mammasan wrote:
    I would definitely go out and explore this country, maybe not permanently like Chris did. I have often thought about just taking sometime off, maybe a few months, and just galavanting across the country, in my own car. Seeing all the sights this country has to offer, but in the end I would return home to my family and friends because that is where my heart lies.



    well that's awesome, and something MANY people have done and will continue to do. whether in this country, europe, australia, etc....but that's not 'into the wild'......and utterly alone either. travel alone doesn't make you alone. hell, i traveled all over europe, often alone....but as i did not do so to exit civilization, i still had LOTS of people/society about me. that's just a damn cool trip! :D
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  • mammasanmammasan Posts: 5,656
    well that's awesome, and something MANY people have done and will continue to do. whether in this country, europe, australia, etc....but that's not 'into the wild'......and utterly alone either. travel alone doesn't make you alone. hell, i traveled all over europe, often alone....but as i did not do so to exit civilization, i still had LOTS of people/society about me. that's just a damn cool trip! :D

    Well it's the closest I will ever get to Chris McCandles. Once my boys are older I will definitely go on my trek.
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  • Watch the first 30 mins or so of Seraphim Falls. Minus the gunshot wound, it really captures the raw sensation of having to fight for your life against the elements in the wilderness. That or if you're hooked on that Man Tracker show.

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  • senninsennin Posts: 2,146
    I'd rather pull a Dick Proenneke.
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  • Cree NationsCree Nations Posts: 2,247
    I thought about this. If people want to go into the wild and do this then fine. However, Chris died and the wild is not a forgiving place if you make a mistake. I can certainly understand a persons desire to do this but the main thing in doing something like this is to be prepared.
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  • say and think what you want about chris, but how many people on this board can say they are going to have a movie made about them after they die? with a soundtrack by eddie vedder no less.
  • PureandEasyPureandEasy Posts: 5,266
    No, but I am going to the Sierra Mountains next week. But we will have a house and there will be a group of us. I’m looking forward to seeing the wilderness in all its beauty but we will be fully prepared.

    What Chris did was foolish. A very sad story indeed.
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  • decides2dreamdecides2dream Posts: 14,928
    say and think what you want about chris, but how many people on this board can say they are going to have a movie made about them after they die? with a soundtrack by eddie vedder no less.




    seriously?
    me, i'd rather live past the age of 30. how old was he? 23 - 24? no thanks. i say this as someone turning 39 in less than a month, i FAr prefer having my LIFe, than a movie made about me, nor a soundtrack by ed. i am not saying anything negative about chris, but yea...i think even HE would probably prefer being alive. besides, when i am dead...i am dead...so how would i know or care that a movie/book/soundtrack ws made based on my life?
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