Bus Made Famous In "Into The Wild" Removed After Putting Tourists At Risk

The bus made famous by Jon Krakauer’s nonfiction book Into the Wild and the 2007 movie of the same name has been removed from Alaska’s Stampede Trail for public safety reasons. The bus was airlifted out of the Healy, Alaska, wilderness using a CH-47 Chinook helicopter. Krakauer's 1996 book tells the true story of Christopher McCandless (pictured below), who donated his life savings to charity and hitchhiked to Alaska at age 24. Unable to get back to civilization, he took refuge in an abandoned 1946 bus that once had been used as shelter by road workers, but died of starvation after more than 100 days. Numerous travelers who read the book or saw the movie later tried to reach the bus, with some needing rescue, and one woman from Belarus dying in the attempt. The bus will be stored at a secure site until a decision is made about its future.