‘Return to the Wild’: the untold story of Christopher McCandless

Christopher Johnson McCandless in this undated photo taken during his time in Alaska.

Christopher Johnson McCandless in this undated photo taken during his time in Alaska.

He’s an adventure that needs no introduction. The story, life and death, of Christopher Johnson “Supertramp” McCandless is well-known and John Krakauer’s book, Into the Wild, chronicling his journey is practically gospel to the hiking community. But there is much more to his life’s story than has been previously told.

A recent PBS documentary called Return to the Wild aired in November 2014 and brought together details and insights about McCandless’ life that were before closely guarded family secrets, all of which shed new light onto what motivated him to take his journey.

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