The opening interactions between Chris McCandless and Jim Gallien hold some solid quotes that support the idea that McCandless is more foolish than adventurous. Readers are told that Gallien is an accomplished woodsman, so he knows how to survive in the Alaskan wilderness, and he knows that it is a difficult thing. One of things that Gallien reported to author John Krakauer is that McCandless was not properly equipped for the sort of "adventure" that McCandless was hoping for:
“He wasn’t carrying anywhere near as much food and gear as you’d expect a guy to be carrying for that kind of trip,” Gallien recalls.
Gallien points this out to McCandless and even offers to drive him into town and help him properly supply. McCandless is so foolish and set upon the idea that he will be fine that McCandless turns down the offer:
Gallien offered to drive Alex all the way to Anchorage, buy him some decent gear, and then drive him back to wherever he wanted to go.
“No, thanks anyway,” Alex...
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