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    "SUPERTRAMP" echoing off the canyon walls

    It's a great moment, among some other great moments, in the movie Into the Wild, which I missed when it first came out.

    Thought there might be some others out there who would enjoy this movie. It's available on DVD at some libraries and rental places. Parts of the movie capture and raise the spirit of adventurous solo bike touring well. Even though the modes of travel are a bit different, some of them are close enough to relate in many ways.
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    Read the book for the set up, the facts behind his experience, and a tidy conclusion. You can't go wrong with anything written by Jon Krakauer.

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    great film!

    i did find his sister's narrating a bit irritating though

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    As a parent of three twentysomethings, I found the film difficult to watch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barrettscv View Post
    As a parent of three twentysomethings, I found the film difficult to watch.
    I had trouble with it too. Couldn't put my finger on it when I watch (part of) it...but you nailed it. The "normal" separation that a parent experiences with a teen aged child is tough enough but this kid just goes off the deep end (again, from the parent's perspective) and I don't enjoy watching that stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barrettscv View Post
    As a parent of three twentysomethings, I found the film difficult to watch.
    as long as they never find out they're illegitimate children (if they are) they should stay put.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enfilade View Post
    as long as they never find out they're illegitimate children (if they are) they should stay put.
    No problems there.

    It's clear the brilliant young man was also deeply troubled. Much of the failure rests with the parents, but not all. Watching such potential self destruct is heartbreaking.

    When my 20 year old daughter graduated from college in three years, she decided to spend two years living in and exploring Europe. Her story has a happy ending. I still worried.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barrettscv View Post
    No problems there.

    It's clear the brilliant young man was also deeply troubled. Much of the failure rests with the parents, but not all. Watching such potential self destruct is heartbreaking.

    When my 20 year old daughter graduated from college in three years, she decided to spend two years living in and exploring Europe. Her story has a happy ending. I still worried.

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    i don't think i can relate because i'm not a parent, but i can relate to Chris. he didn't want a career, or anything society had to offer. he travelled because that's what made him happy.

    it's sad that he died, but atleast he lived in freedom. i really look up to him for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enfilade View Post
    i don't think i can relate because i'm not a parent, but i can relate to Chris. he didn't want a career, or anything society had to offer. he travelled because that's what made him happy.

    it's sad that he died, but atleast he lived in freedom. i really look up to him for that.
    Starving to death due to lack of preparation and stubbornly being unwilling to use a map (that could have saved him, he was very close to a river crossing) trends more toward stupidity than freedom, in my book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashen View Post
    Starving to death due to lack of preparation and stubbornly being unwilling to use a map (that could have saved him, he was very close to a river crossing) trends more toward stupidity than freedom, in my book.
    he was poisoned, not starved. travelling without a map was his preferred style. maybe it made him feel more free.. i don't know. hundreds of people have ventured into the wild without a map, just like he did, and returned safety. there's always going to be a certain level of risk. he may have died within the first week if he'd eaten the berries then. i'm sure he knew how dangerous it was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enfilade View Post
    he was poisoned, not starved. travelling without a map was his preferred style. maybe it made him feel more free.. i don't know. hundreds of people have ventured into the wild without a map, just like he did, and returned safety. there's always going to be a certain level of risk. he may have died within the first week if he'd eaten the berries then. i'm sure he knew how dangerous it was.
    The poisoning theory has been tested and found wanting. He weighed 67 pounds when he died:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Into_the_Wild

    Every kid in my children's high school reads this book - it's a great book for teenagers to read. Lots to debate in the book - kids and parents; what it's like to reject the modern world; whether his death was a tragedy or the result of recklessness.

    I definitely recommend reading the book before watching the moving.

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