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Chris McCandless died of starvation when he was unable to get beyond the Teklanika River, which was swollen to torrential proportions by unforeseen spring runoff. Had he not made some "seemingly insignificant blunders", he would not have found himself in this situation. These blunders include neglecting to carry a good hunting gun for procuring game, not being familiar enough with the area he was entering to know the topography and possible seasonal dangers, and failing to bring a good map which would have shown him that there was a way to cross the river a mere half-mile from his final campsite.
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