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Original Essays | August 18, 2014

Ian Leslie: IMG Empathic Curiosity



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Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
Into the Wild

kaitlinh, October 19, 2013

Hawaii is home to some of the most breath-taking and dangerous hikes in the world. However, many residents of the island, including myself, aren’t adventurous enough to explore these trails. Nevertheless, there are still hundreds of people who climb the magnificent mountains every single day. The thrill of exploring nature is part of the excitement of hiking, but every so often there’s news about an unfortunate hiker who meets their end on one of these hikes. I never understood why people would risk their lives for a little excitement, that is, until I read Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer.

This book shows why a young man, Chris McCandless, gave up all of his money, dropped out of school and started a long adventure exploring the country. There were a few chapters explaining Chris’ expedition, however after the first five chapters or so, I basically knew Chris’ entire journey. However, his perseverance throughout his whole journey was very inspiring. No matter how much anyone tried to talk him out of his crazy idea, he would not budge. As Gallien, a man who Chris hitch hiked with says, “ There was just no talking the guy out of it. He was real determined. He couldn’t wait to head out there and get started (6)”. It’s not every day that you meet someone so determined to do something. For almost two years he had this perseverance to be on his own exploring the wild.

This memoir was average. Some parts were very enthralling, yet some were dull with seemingly no relationship to Christopher’s story. I recommend it for anyone looking to read an inspirational story.
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