What are some quotes that show evidence of Krakauer using his own experiences to piece together Chris's journey in "Into the Wild"? As many relevant quotes as possible please.

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Krakauer and McCandless shared a number of characeristics and experiences which drove them to pursiuts beyond those common to most.  Krakauer draws on many of these in seeking to recreate and understand McCandless's journey.

Like McCandless, Krakauer as a youth

"was willful, self-absorbed, intermittently reckless, moody...figures of male authority aroused in (him) a confusing medley of corked fury and hunger to please...if something captured (his) undisciplined imagination, (he) pursued it with a zeal bordering on obsession".

Always compelled to achieve the ultimate, Krakauer decided to challenge himself by going "to Alaska...alone".  Like McCandless, he believed that conquering the wilderness in the extreme would "transform (his) life...how could it not?" (Chapter 14).

Krakauer differs from McCandless only in that "he lived to tell his tale".  From the vantage point of hindsight, he is able to articulate,

"...we were similarly affected by the skewed relationships we had with our fathers...we had a similar intensity, a similar heedlessness, a similar agitation of the soul". 

"...like...McCandless, I was a raw youth who mistook passion for insight and acted according to an obscure, gap-ridden logic.  I thought climbing the Devils Thumb would fix all that was wrong with my life.  In the end, of course, it changed almost nothing...mountains make poor receptacles for dreams" (Chapter 15).

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