How does Chris’s inexperience lead to his death? How does Chris’s inexperience lead to his death?

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The man who drops Chris off in the Alaskan wilderness at the trailhead can't believe what he is seeing.  He gives Chris his boots and his jacket because he realizes he is absolutely serious about what he is doing, and the man knows better than Chris.  I think Chris was...

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The man who drops Chris off in the Alaskan wilderness at the trailhead can't believe what he is seeing.  He gives Chris his boots and his jacket because he realizes he is absolutely serious about what he is doing, and the man knows better than Chris.  I think Chris was very unprepared.  It's not rocket science to know that rivers swell in the spring, or to realize that you don't know how to preserve meat you've hunted.  He went anyway, and so his death should not be a shock to anyone.

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Tragedies are not based on one thing going wrong; they're based in a succession of little failures that add up to a disaster. Clearly, Chris had learned about how to live off the land and take care of himself and deal with situations come what may, which was exactly what he wanted to experience. Rather than 'play it safe', he desired to live his life fully and immediately. Even though he pushed this philosophy to an extreme, he eventually realized that he couldn't live that way forever; he had decided to go back. But by living at that extreme, he had inadvertently created problems that compounded to lead to his dying. Although there are many examples, the primary one is that he had no contingency plan should something go wrong (but again that would have been counter to his philosophy) and didn't know about the shelter nearby when he was starving.

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