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Into the Wild chpt 13- review
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What did Carine say was amazing about the two pictures of Chris that were taken 10 years apart?
His expression is identical in both.
Pensive, recalcitrant squint--as if annoyed at being interrupted to stop and take a picture
The summer Chris took off and disappeared, he wanted to take Carine's dog Buckley with him. (He was crazy about this dog!) Why wasn't he allowed to take him, and what did the family think might have been different had Buckley been with Chris?
1) Buckley had recently been hit by a car and was still recovering.
2) Chris took chances with his own life, but he would have never have put Buckley in danger. (thus he would probably still be alive)
List similarities between Chris and Carine.
energetic, high achiever, quick to state an opinion
Both clashed fiercely with Walt and Billie in their teen years.
There were more differences than similarities. List some of those.
Carine made peace with her parents shortly after Chris left that summer.
Carine is more outgoing--she would never go off alone into the wilderness.
Carine is not opposed to wealth.
How did Carine find out Chris was dead and how did she react?
Her husband came home from work and told her.
She was hysterical for the next 5 hours--laying on the couch and wailing so loud her husband was afraid the neighbors would call the police on him.
What did Carine ask her husband to do when the finally left to go to her parents' home?
Stop at her church. She went in and prayed for an answer from God. (She said she didn't get one.)
What mistake had the mortuary made, and how did Carine think Chris would have reacted?
They printed his name wrong. They had the middle initial as 'R' rather than 'J'. She was ticked off at first, but then she thought that Chris would think it was funny.
Why did Carine eat every bite of the airplane food she was served when it wasn't that great?
She couldn't stand the idea of throwing food away when Chris had starved to death.
(Once home, she lost her appetite and lost 10 pounds. The same thing happened to Billie...she lost 8. But Walt had the opposite reaction, and he ate compulsively.)
In the final postcard that Chris sent to Wayne Westerburg, he wrote that if the adventure proved fatal, and he never heard from Chris again....
What did some people think this meant?
Some thought Chris intended to commit suicide from the beginning...that he never intended to walk back out.
The author now shifts to comparing his life with Chris's. He became obsessed with something from 17 to his late twenties. What was it?
In 1977, at 23 years old, the author got it into his head to climb what mountain in Alaska, and why was this a 'crazy' thing to do?
Devil's Thumb (I emailed a picture)
Its north wall had never been climbed and rose 6,000 feet above the glacier below it.
AND....he planned to do it alone.
How did the author get to the base of Devil's Thumb to even begin climbing?
He drove to Gig Harbor, Washington.
He got a ride on a fishing boat to Petersburg, Alaska. (He stayed with a lady named Kai there.)
He got a ride across 25 miles of water, and then
he skied 30 miles to the base of Devil's Thumb.
What was the purpose of the 10-foot steel curtain rods Krakauer bought?
He fixed them like a cross to his backpack. They would keep him from falling all the way down should he break through the ice at a crevasse (wide crack) in the glacier. These were covered in snow, so he couldn't see them and was hoping the curtain rods would catch on the edges if he stepped through ice. He would then be able to pull himself back up.)
Krakauer planned to be on the glacier for 3 weeks to a month.
1)How did he plan for supplies for that length of time?
2)What interfered with that plan and
3) how was it resolved?
1)He paid a pilot his last $150 to air drop supply boxes to him at the base of the thumb, 3 days after he set out.
2)The weather was bad for 4 days after he got to the drop point, so he knew the pilot couldn't come. He had enough supplies for 3-4 more days, but not enough to get back down and find people if the pilot didn't come.
3) Finally, the plane came, but the pilot couldn't see him. To get his attention, Krakauer tied his sleeping bag to the end of one of the curtain rods and waved it. The pilot saw him and dropped his supply boxes.
When climbing the sheer face of the glacier, Krakauer had made it 700 feet straight up by using 2 pick axes and sharp spikes on his shoes when what happened?
What was the result?
He kept hitting rock with the ax on his left side. He moved sideways but just kept hitting rock and eventually he bent the ax.
He was 3700 feet up.
Result: He started climbing back down, and when he got about 80 feet down and looked up, he could see NO way to continue the climb.
After getting back to his camp, the weather got bad and he was stuck on his back in the tent for 3 days. (It was not tall enough for him to sit up in it.) He decided to roll and smoke a marijuana joint. This made him hungry, so he decided to make oatmeal. What events followed?
After he lit the stove to cook the oatmeal, he tossed the match (he thought was out) into a trash bag. It caught fire and burned a hole in his tent before he got it out.
(The tent was new, his father's, and his father had not really wanted to lend it to him.)
He burned his hand trying to put out the fire.
Krakauer had a difficult relationship with his father like Chris did. His father wanted him to be a doctor or lawyer and they quit speaking when K didn't follow that path. He also felt rage when he found out about family secrets that took him a long time to get over.
Unlike Chris, he realized what 20 years later?
The rage was gone and he had a kind of sympathy for his father.
In the end, his father literally went mad.
In remembering his father, what irony did Krakauer realize and what did he do?
His father did instill in him ambition, it was just to climb Devil's Thumb rather than go to medical school.
This caused Krakauer to continue climbing and not giving up. He wwent up the north face again.
On this attempt to climb, he only got 120 feet up when a snow squall caused him to stop. What did he do this time and was it a good decision....why or why not?
He didn't go all the way back to camp. He wrapped up in his bag and waited on a ledge. Avalanches kept coming down, ahd he was buried and had to dig out 5 times. He finally gave up and decided to climb back down.
He got back to the plateau where his camp was, but he couldn't see in the snow. He skied around for an hour, and when he couldn't find it what did he do?
Dug a hole and wrapped in his 'bag' to wait out the storm. The cloouds finally lifted and he made it back to camp.
Rather than give up at this point, what did Krakauer do and was he successful?
He remembered another route he had planned to use when going down. It wasn't a climb up the sheer face, but he wanted to get to the top.
He was successful and reached the top.
Krakauer thought that climbing Devil's thumb would change all that was wrong in his life. What did he realize once he was back on Boulder working at the same job he had before his climb?
Nothing had changed. He realized mountains make poor receptacles (containers) for dreams.
We are back to Alex (Chris) and his determination to get to the Alaska bush.
He is hitchhiking from South Dakota. He gets stuck at a campground that has hot springs. He meets a man named Gaylord Stuckey who agrees to take him First just as far as Whitehorse, but because he enjoys his company, takes him all the way to Fairbanks.
When Chris says he's going to Alaska University to study the plants he could eat, what did Stuckey tell him?
It's too early. Nothing's growing yet.
Chris just ignored his advice.
Stuckey gave Chris his credit card number and begged him to do what with it?
Please, please call his parents and let them know where he was.
When Chris leaves Fairbanks, who picks him up?
Jim Gallien...and we are back where the book started. Gallien is the man who dropped Chris off at the Stampede trail and insisted he take his boots even though they were too big.
Two days after being dropped off, Chris reached the Teklanika River. It wasn't deep and he was able to cross to the other side where he found the bus. The author says he didn't realize he was crossing his Rubicon. What does that mean?
He was crossing his point of no return. As ice melted, the river would become wide and deep and Chris couldn't cross to get back to the trail.
Chris was elated to find the bus on his 3rd day after crossing the river. Did things continue to go well?
Not initially...he wasn't good at killing animals for food. (Remember, he only took a 10 pound bag of rice with him.)
By mid May his shooting was better, and he was also able to find what to eat?
His plan was to keep walking west for 500 miles. Why did that change and what did he do?
The ground was melting and was mushy and hard to travel. He also had to spend a good part of each day hunting food, so it was slow going.
he decided to go back to the bus.
Was Chris really lost in the wild at the bus? Why or why not?
Less than 30 miles to the east was a major highway.
16 miles to the south was a road into Denali Park.
Within 6 miles of the bus were 4 cabins, though none were occupied when Chris was at the bus.
Despite his proximity to civilization, what do we know about Chris's situation?
It was remote enough to cost him his life.
He was cut off from the rest of the world. He was there 4 months and never saw another human being.
What large animal did Chris finally kill and why did this end up upsetting him?
He was not able to smoke the meat, so most of the moose ruined. This really upset him and he wished he had never killed it.
Things went pretty well from mid-May to early July. What did Chris decide to do at that time?
Hike back out of the Alaskan bush. He was ready to return to civilization.
What problem did he encounter when he reached the Teklanika 67 days after he first crossed it?
It was wide and deep and the waters were moving fast. He could not cross it. (He was a weak swimmer anyhow.)
What did Chris decide to do next?
The only thing he could, he began the hike back to the bus.
THIS SET IS OFTEN IN FOLDERS WITH...
Into The Wild Chapter 14
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