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Hikers rescued amid 'Into the Wild' bus pilgrimage


FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- Authorities rescued three men making a pilgrimage to an abandoned bus in the Alaska wilderness made famous by the book and film "Into the Wild."

Three hikers, two from Wisconsin and third with no known address, needed help last week after one of them tripped and hurt himself with an ax, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported.

They ran into trouble Aug. 6 on the Stampede Trail just north of the entrance to Denali National Park and Preserve, about 180 miles north of Anchorage. The Tri-Valley Volunteer Fire Department responded and gave the three hikers a ride on all-terrain vehicles, the Alaska State Troopers announced Wednesday on their website.

Matthew Peot, 29, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Thomas Young, 45, of Horicon, Wisconsin; and Kenneth Young, whose age and hometown wasn't listed, were trying to get to the dilapidated bus, but the Teklanika River was too high, troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said in an email to The Associated Press.

They camped for a few days, waiting to see if the river would get low enough to cross, but the ax injury ended the quest, Peters wrote. Thomas Young suffered minor injuries in the accident.

Authorities often are called to help people heading to the dilapidated bus made famous by the book and movie "Into the Wild," which chronicle the life and death of Chris McCandless. He hiked into the Alaska wilderness in April 1992 with little food and equipment and spent the summer living in the bus. McCandless was found dead in the bus almost four months later after starving to death.

Four years ago, a Swiss woman drowned in the river on the trail to the bus, but it was unclear whether she was hiking to the vehicle or just hiking in the area.

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reedonald August 15 2014 at 9:02 AM

Some more Mensa candidates, and the taxpayer is stuck with the bill from rescuing them from their own bad decisions.

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Rose August 15 2014 at 9:17 AM

I can see someone under 35 going on a trek like this. But, at 45, the gomer should have had enough sense to stay home. Alaska isn't Disney World.

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Franco August 15 2014 at 9:21 AM

We definatelly would have lost them if they had gone looking for a street car named Desire.

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ngcolby August 15 2014 at 10:31 AM

Alaska get rid of the bus...I'm sure it is an environmental disturbance...plus a mecca for the hopeless.

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watersportz1 ngcolby August 15 2014 at 3:20 PM

mecca for the hopeless---perfect discription

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Susan Bond ngcolby August 15 2014 at 11:50 PM

Yeah... it's all the BUS'S fault.

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Bill August 15 2014 at 10:32 AM

Maybe that Bus should be removed from that area and either placed in a easily approachable area like a museum( where you can charge admission and make some money) or it could be destroyed. People's safetly comes first regardless their crazie motives.

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bootsnchaps60 Bill August 15 2014 at 2:29 PM

How wonderful, making a dangerous trek to an old bus where someone died. Recycle it.

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Susan Bond Bill August 15 2014 at 11:50 PM

Again... it's the BUS'S fault?

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jmccand779 August 15 2014 at 9:49 AM

For some, the quest for excitement in the wilderness is just too hard to resist!

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Aissa2 jmccand779 August 15 2014 at 10:51 AM

jmccand779 and those people are called thrill seekers and with any degree of kindness they should face the perils due them. Thrill seeking which causes others to have to risk their lives and try to rescue these fools does not seem right.

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onionson Aissa2 August 15 2014 at 2:51 PM

Hikers walking to a bus are not thrill seekers. A kind society rescues everyone including fools. Yes, people like you would leave them for dead so get out the vote to change things or move to a place that abandons them so you can be happy.

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Tricia Lande jmccand779 August 15 2014 at 3:19 PM

I live in a small tn in the mountains (6,000 feet). Nearly every weekend in the summer we hear the search and rescue helos. It's usually someone wihtout experience and lack of understanding what altitude can do to you. We have had members of search and rescue die trying to save these idiots.

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YourFtr August 15 2014 at 12:53 PM

Time for a Horror Picture Script....
'Bus 142'
Leaves Fairbanks for a Day Trip......
Gets Lost in the Wilderness....
Holli-dayers Fall in with the Wrong Crowd......
Chain-Saw Bus 142......

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rocket88coupe August 15 2014 at 11:41 AM

bush alaska isnt their back yards they probley found that out the hard way

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AOLSUX August 15 2014 at 11:31 AM

what a "non-story"

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Susan Bond August 15 2014 at 11:49 PM

One guy goes and starves to death out there and more morons follow? And THIS moron blows it by hurting himself with an ax? I guess there is hope that the stupid gene will die out after all.

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