The short answer is not much, and sadly, not enough for him to survive. He had basic clothes, personal care items, camping supplies, and a tent with him before he hitchhiked from Carthage, South Dakota to Fairbanks, Alaska. He also had a small library of favorite and inspirational books. In Fairbanks, he bought a ten-pound bag of rice, a book about local plants, and a used gun. His intention was to live off the land as much as possible: eating berries and roots, as well as killing and butchering game. The last ride he got was to the Stampede Trail with Jim Gallien, who gave Chris two sandwiches, a bag of corn chips, and a large pair of rubber boots. In turn, Chris gave Jim his watch, his comb, and the last of his spare change. Then off he went, into the wilderness and wildness he had been seeking for most of his life.