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On Chapter One, page five, the Alex's supplies are described:
"Alex admitted that the only food in his pack was a ten-pound bag of rice. His gear seemed exceedingly minimal for the harsh conditions of the interior, which in April still lay buried under the winter snowpack. Alex's cheap leather hiking boots were neither waterproof nor well insulated. His rifle was only .22 caliber, a bore too small to rely on if he expected to kill large animals like moose and caribou, which he would have to eat if he hoped to remain very long in the country. He had no ax, no bug dope, no snowshoes, no compass. The only navigational aid in his possession was a tattered state road map he'd scrounged at a gas station."
Chapter Sixteen, pages 161 and 162 describes McCandless's entry into the wild in this way:
"...the temperature was in the low thirties--it would drop into the low teens at night--and a foot and a half of crusty spring snow covered the ground. The boy could hardly contain his excitement. He was, at long last, about to be alone in the vast Alaska wilderness...As he trudged expectantly down the trail in a fake-fur parka, his rifle slung over one shoulder...confident he could harvest enought food to survive an extended stay in the Alaska wilderness, too."
McCandless's books and route are also described here.
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