Twenty-two year Chris McCandless disappeared in Alaska's Denali National Park. It is the home of one of the tallest mountain in North America, Mt. McKinley, which towers above the earth at 20,320 feet.
In addition, there are about 600 miles of perpetually snow covered mountain ranges and glacial rivers. The bottom of the mountain is forest; there are many small lakes and ponds and a thriving wildlife population.
Though it is a beautiful place, it is also inherently dangerous, as Chris unfortunately discovers.
Cold hard winters of the wilderness and small chance of survival in such circumstances. The Stampede Trail is described as a fifty mile stretch between Mt. Healy and Mt. McKinley.
The area itself is often frequented by moose hunters due to its proximity to local protected lands and every year, numerous hunters make their way to the bus. The rivers themselves are more than 75 foot crossings and extremely dangerous.