Why did Chris McCandless from Into the Wild choose the Alaskan wilderness specifically to live in?

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I will not be here in South Dakota very much longer. My friend, Wayne, wants me to stay working at the grain elevator through May and then go combining with him the entire summer, but I have my soul set entirely on my Alaskan Odyssey and hope to be on my way no later than April 15.

For years, Chris McCandless had his heart set on what he called his "Alaskan Odyssey."  Without being able to ask McCandless directly, it will probably never be known exactly why he was so obsessed with living off of the land in Alaska.  He could have attempted the feat in many other places in the United States.  For that matter, McCandless could have done it in plenty of other...

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