There are many parallels between Chris McCandless and another young adventurer who lived in the early 1900s, Everett Ruess. Ruess tramped the American Southwest and California, taking his first solo trip when he was only sixteen. Driven by a "craving for connection with the natural world and...passion for the country through which he walked," Ruess, like McCandless, was "heedless of personal safety" and "undeterred by physical discomfort." Like McCandless, who developed an alterego, "Alexander Supertramp", Ruess took on a variety of aliases, which he felt compelled to scrawl at...
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