By all accounts, Chris McCandless was planning to stay the entire summer (about three months at least). However, the text tells us that after two months, Chris was ready to return to civilization.
Satisfied, apparently, with what he had learned during his two months of solitary life in the wild, McCandless decided to return to civilization: It was time to bring his “final and greatest adventure” to a close and get himself back to the world of men and women, where he could chug a beer, talk philosophy, enthrall strangers with tales of what he’d done.
Jim Gallien, a young electrician on his way to Anchorage, dropped Chris off at the entrance to the Stampede Trail. To Chris, the Stampede Trail was significant because it was his entry into the Alaskan wilderness. The trail was popular with dog mushers, skiers, and snowmobile riders in the winter. Few entered the trail in the summer months, however. In those months, the rain and melting snow from glaciers in the Alaska range often caused the Teklanika River to overflow and to flood the area. This made travel very dangerous, as Chris eventually discovered.
For his final journey to the Alaskan wilderness, Chris took the following items (I list items not included in the other post's list):
- a green plastic canteen
- water purification tablets
- a pair of military-style insulated flight-pants
- a copy of the bestseller O Jerusalem!
- wool mittens
- brown rubber work boots
- at least nine or ten paperback books including Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilych, Boris Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago, and Michael Crichton's Terminal Man
- Muskol insect repellant
- various toiletries and items of clothing
- pots and dishes