She described the feeling as like have a Volkswagen Beetle attached permanently to her body. Strayed gave them some iodine pills, realizing that she herself would have to depend on the pills until her purifier was fixed. The river that caused the death of Chris was three acres wide and there was no way that he could swim through it. However, when she and Paul arrived, Lady was still alive. Chapter 4: Detriral wash This passage written by John Sheppard talks about the desert and how special he thinks it is.
However, they may lose the ability to communicate their ideals with others. At Golden Oak Springs, Strayed tried to use her stove for the first time only to discover that she had bought the wrong kind of gas, and that the stove was unusable. She walked carefully using her ski pole and consulted her compass. When he was young he went and climbed a peak known as the Devils Thumb. Firepaw notices how quiet was being. Arriving in Mojave the night before the start of her hike, Strayed stayed at the cheapest motel she could find. He moves through California and gets to the Colorado River.
Although he admits, in his last postcard to Westerberg, that he is aware that he might never make it out of the wilderness alive, he believes in his ability to survive, and he is too young to truly be able to imagine death, especially because he has managed to survive all of his other dangerous adventures. And Nash mentioned that people go into the wilderness to get away from it all. On the fourth day she came across mountain lion tracks, and also realized that the landscape had begun to change from that of an arid desert to terrain dense with trees. She held her ground on keeping her books and her journal, though. After hiking all day she was down to her last water, but decided not drink the last two ounces until the water tank was in sight. Strayed left Joe to go back to Minneapolis with Paul, but on the way back they fought terribly. But The Pacific Crest Trail, Volume I: California had explained that hitchhiking was a necessary part of the process and the only practical way to get to and from the trail.
Chris was angry with his parents because of a secret he had learned from family in California—when Walt left Marcia for Billie, their romance did not end. After a few months in the wilderness, McCandless decided to return to civilization. Strayed hitchhiked again, this time with a man named Troy who drove a truck distributing chips. It was her first day of week three on the trail. Strayed realized that the real thing that compelled hikers on the trail to keep going was not philosophy or backpacking fads, or even the satisfaction of getting from point A to point B. With the violent weather, he could have easily become a human popsicle and not lived to tell the tale. He is successful for the most part, although he loses significant weight.
The whole family was drastically affected by the grief which ensued from Chris's death. Chapters 14 - 15 Summary: Chapter 14 In order to complicate the idea that McCandless had gone into the wild to commit extended suicide, the narrator introduces a story from his own past. He was obsessed with mountain climbing and, at the age of 23, set out to climb the north face of Devils Thumb in Alaska—a challenging route that had never been climbed. In April of 1992 McCandless gets dropped off near Mt. Krakauer chooses to present McCandless as a complicated but, ultimately, intelligent and sensitive individual.
By the time Strayed reached Oregon, she knew she was in the home stretch. She had watched her mother die and divorced Paul and fallen into a dark hole of heroin. They asked her what her parents though of her hiking alone. This meant that he was using almost no more that shicks and stones to stay alive. She tried to read J. Even so, she was afraid she had lost the path. The weather turns bad, and Krakauer is confined to the tent for three days.
Soon after, he reaches the place where a pilot is supposed to drop his food to him, but the unending snow means the conditions are too poor, so he just has to keep waiting as his supplies dwindle. The two became estranged because Krakauer did not pursue a college and medical career like the one his father wanted. The man ended up becoming her husband, and over a decade later they would return to that very ice cream place with their two children. Still shaken by her experience with the men in the woods, she was relieved to arrive. In the morning, Greg and Strayed walked from Sierra City back to the trail, where they said their goodbyes and Greg hiked ahead. Strayed felt that her mother had failed her profoundly, and thought the heck with her, as she hiked. Strayed forced herself to eat breakfast and then began to walk, already feeling more experienced than she had been the previous day.
Three years after her mother died, Strayed had visited Eddie at their house and was shocked at how weak and old Lady had become. Bluestar tells them to hurry and they reach the edge of WindClan territory uncontested and reach the. Yet the reader should remember that it is speculative to compare McCandless with Krakauer. It was then that she decided that her life had gotten too out of control and that something had to change. Unable to sleep, Strayed examined her tattoo.
It was a lack of planning. Only three hours into the trail, however, Strayed was already too exhausted to go on. The wind shifts, allowing him to find his base camp again. In Chapter 13, Krakauer tells us that the two siblings looked enough alike that they were often asked if they were twins. The last chapter is about how Chris spent his last few days.
Pasternak makes mention to the fact that people are always trying to figure out life and death, McCandless got his answers before he passed. The third day, Strayed finally made it to the springs. When Jonathan finally met up with her, they went back to the organic farm where he lived. All the hikers went to dinner together, and a bartender hit on Strayed, offering her a drink on the house. This ended up leading to his starvation. Vera was hiking with a 5-year-old boy named Kyle, their llama Shooting Star, and their dog Miriam.