It is the experiences, the memories, the great triumphant joy of living to the fullest extent in which real meaning is found.
– Christopher McCandless (February 1968 – August 1992)

Inspiration connects us all, but our journeys are unique and deeply personal.

Explore these pages to see examples sent to us from the Friends of Bus 142 community, and for information on how to share your own.

Raven Glacier

For Those Inspired to Visit Alaska

Chris chose the Stampede Trail because it was not well known, nor well traveled, before his story made it infamous.

We want to help you honor Chris’s spirit and experience the ‘real Alaska.’

Explore alternative Alaskan treks. Seek out the wild beauty and raw adventure that the Last Frontier is known for.

Born and raised in Alaska, wilderness guide Erik Halfacre weighs in on the Stampede Trail and recommends four of his favorite backpacking adventures elsewhere in the state.