Into the Wild Timeline

Into the Wild Timeline

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May 12, 1990: Christopher McCandless graduates from Emory University with honors. He tells his parents he is going to spend the summer in his Datsun driving around the country.
June 1990: Chris mails his final transcript to his parents and a short letter. This will be the last time they hear from him.
July 6, 1990: At Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Nevada.
July 10, 1990: Leaves his car on the side of the road after a flash flood. He
gathers a backpack of items and sets out on foot.
July–August 1990: Hitchhikes to California where he meets Jan Burres and her boyfriend Bob. Later takes off and ends up in Cut Bank, Montana where he meets Wayne Westerberg.
August 1990: Chris’s parents drive to their son’s apartment to find that it has been vacant for some time.
August 10, 1990: Receives a ticket for hitchhiking in California.
October 1990: The police will find his car and use it for drug deals and sting
October 28, 1990: Chris reaches the Colorado River. He walks south through the desert, arriving in Arizona where he buys a used canoe.
October–November 1990: Canoes on the Colorado River. Sends a letter to Westerberg.
December 1990: A private investigator is hired by Chris’s parents and discovers that he gave $24,000 to OXFAM.
December 2, 1990: Reaches the Morelos Dam and the Mexican border. December 6, 1990: Comes across dangerous waterfalls on the Colorado River.

December 12, 1990: Gets a ride to the Gulf of California from some duck hunters.
December 14–24, 1990: Pulls his canoe out of the water. Sets up camp.
December 25, 1990: Finds shelter from high winds and stays there for 10 days.
January 11, 1991: Gets back into his canoe but is almost drowned in a storm.
January 16, 1991: Ditches his canoe and head north.
January 18, 1991: Chris is caught by immigration while trying to get back into the U.S. and spends a night in jail.
February 3, 1991: Goes to apply for a job and an ID in Los Angeles but changes his mind.
February 9, 1991: Camps at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
February 24, 1991: Digs up some items he buried when he ditched his car.
February 27, 1991: Buries his backpack and hitchhikes into Las Vegas.
May 10, 1991: Leaves Las Vegas.
July–August, 1991: Maybe living in Oregon and sends a postcard to Jan Burres.
October 1991: Arrives in Bullhead City, Arizona, where he works for two months at McDonald's and is given an RV to live in by an old man named Charlie.

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December 9, 1991: Sends a postcard to Jan Burres also including a map so that she and Bob can come visit him.
December 13, 1991: Shows up out of the blue at Jan and Bob’s house and spends some time helping Jan at the local flea market.
January 1992: Meets Ronald Franz while hitchhiking near California. February 1992: Is dropped off in San Diego by Fraz. He mails Jan a letter.
March 5, 1992: Sends postcards to Burres and Franz from Seattle.
March 12, 1992: Calls Franz from California, in the desert not far from the Salton
Sea and asks Franz to pick him up.
March 13, 1992: Spends one night at Franz's house.
March 14, 1992: Driven by Franz to Grand Junction, Colorado.
March 14-March 28, 1992: Works at Wayne Westerberg's grain elevator in Carthage, South Dakota.
March 1992: Leaves Carthage starting for Alaska.
April 13–15, 1992: Stops in Canada, where he is stuck for two days before
getting a ride with Gaylord Stuckey.
April 18–21, 1992: Reads about edible plants at the University of Fairbanks campus. He buys a used gun and sends postcards.
April 22, 1992: Sets up camp near the Stampede Trail.
April 28, 1992:Chris gets a ride from Jim Gallien who advises him to reconsider
his journey. Despite his warning, Chris is dropped off at the Stampede Trail and sets out..
May 1, 1992: Discovers a bus and decides to take advantage of it.
May 5, 1992: Kills and eats a spruce grouse.
May 9, 1992: Shoots a small squirrel. He is on his fourth day of famine.
June 9, 1992: Chris kills his biggest piece of game yet: a moose. He feels incredibly guilty afterwards, though.
June 10, 1992: Christ tries to preserve and butcher the moose carcass.
June 14, 1992: Leaves the rest of the moose for the wolves after maggots get to it.
July 3, 1992: Gets his belongings together and heads out for the road.
July 5, 1992: Comes across a river that is too dangerous to cross considering
Chris can not swim very well. He is forced to go back to the bus.
July 8, 1992: Arrives back at the bus.
July 30, 1992: Chris is very weak and starving. It is difficult for him to stand up.
August 5, 1992: Reaches his 100th day in the wild but is very weak and dying.
August 9, 1992: Kills five squirrels but doesn’t kill a bear.
August 11, 1992: Kills and eats a ptarmigan.
August 12, 1992: Writes up an S.O.S note and goes looking for berries.
August 18 or 19, 1992: Chris dies of starvation in his mother’s hand sewn sleeping bag.
September 1992: Hikers and hunters discover McCandless's S.O.S. note and his body inside the bus.
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