It is easy, when you are young, to believe that what you desire is no less than what you deserve, to assume that if you want something badly enough, it is your god-given right to have it. When I decided to go to Alaska that April, like Chris 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. But I came to appreciate that mountains make poor receptacles for dreams.

John Krakauer Into The Wild

This passage is probably the best explanation for what happened, and what went wrong, with McCandless’s journey. It’s a sad story and not without merit in spurring young men to dream and go into the world but it is important to recognize the dangers of wanderlust, physical and of the soul. Anyway.

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