Woman dies in Alaska trying to reach famed ‘Into the Wild’ bus

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Woman dies in Alaska trying to reach famed ‘Into the Wild’ bus

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Woman dies in Alaska trying to reach famed ‘Into the Wild’ bus

The bus has been the source of multiple rescues since it was made famous, first by Jon Krakauer's book in 1996 and then by Sean Penn's 2007 film.

ASSOCIATED PRESS Posted July 26 2019 Updated   July 27 2019


The bus in Alaska where Christopher McCandless died, made famous by the book and subsequent film "Into the Wild."  Associated Press

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — A newlywed woman from Belarus who was swept away by a river in Alaska was trying to reach an abandoned bus made famous by the book and film “Into the Wild.”

Veramika Maikamava, 24, and her husband, Piotr Markielau, also 24, on Thursday were heading for the bus where hiker Christopher McCandless met his death in 1992,   The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported .

The bus has been the source of multiple rescues since it was made famous, first by Jon Krakauer’s book published in 1996 and then by Sean Penn’s 2007 film. Both chronicled the life and death of McCandless, who hiked into the Alaska wilderness with little food and equipment and spent the summer living in the bus. McCandless was found dead in the bus almost four months later.

Markielau called troopers in Fairbanks late Thursday to report his wife’s death during a hike, Alaska State Troopers said.

The couple was trying to cross the Teklanika River along the Stampede Trail near Healy when the woman was swept under water, the troopers said. The river was flowing high and fast because of recent rains.

Markielau reported he was able to pull his wife out of the water a short distance away downriver, but she had died by then, the troopers said.

The body has been recovered.

In June 2013, three hikers were rescued by a passing military helicopter when they tried to reach the bus.

In May 2013, three German hikers trying to reach the bus on the Stampede Trail, near Healy, located about 10 miles north of the entrance to Denali National Park and Preserve on the Parks Highway, also had to be rescued. They told troopers the river they crossed getting to the bus had become impassable for the return due to high, swift-running water. The hikers had proper gear but only enough food for three days, troopers said.


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Buzz of the Orient
1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient    4 months ago

Coincidence? Just two days ago I posted this note to the Everybody Loves Movies - Classic to Current group,...

Buzz's Daily Movie Record Since both my computers were crashing and I had to wait a few days before I could get them fixed I watched a lot of movies, but two of them in particular stood out.  One was a 2017 movie with Brad Pitt playing a US General in Afghanistan - I think it was a farce.  IMO the General was a joke.  The other one was directed by Sean Penn, a 2007 movie called Into the Wild, about a college grad who gave away all his money and went to Alaska with nothing to establish that he was living a life of absolute freedom.  Interesting.  Unfortunately he didn't survive his quest.

...and today on BING I discovered this story.  Amazing.

pat wilson
2  pat wilson    4 months ago

People making bad decisions.

Buzz of the Orient
2.1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  pat wilson @2    4 months ago

You're absolutely right.

3  luther28    4 months ago

Woman dies in Alaska trying to reach famed ‘Into the Wild’ bus

Those that fail to learn from history..................

Buzz of the Orient
3.1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  luther28 @3    4 months ago

LOL.  Quite right.

Mark in Wyoming
4  Mark in Wyoming    4 months ago

I think the state should go in with a sky hook and remove that bus, thus taking away the incentive to attempt to visit it  due to its macabre fame.

4.1  Freefaller  replied to  Mark in Wyoming @4    4 months ago

I think people should be required to pass a basic survival IQ test before being allowed into the wild unsupervised.

The Old Breed Marine
5  The Old Breed Marine    4 months ago

The irony here is too remarkable to ignore!

So, idiot A, tries to live in the wild, and dies because he was an idiot, and now, idiot B, dies trying to get to the spot where idiot A died?

It's like an idiot magnet.


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