Talk of Alaska: The McCandless Bus — Move it or Leave it?

Alaska’s outdoor paradise is beautiful, but deadly: fast-changing weather, unforgiving wildlife, avalanches, extreme tides, unreadable rivers — even insects can be serious threats. This week we look at the dangers surrounding the old McCandless bus (shrine?) on the Stampede Road north of Denali National Park. To get there you have to cross a river that floods in the summer, not to mention survive in the deep backcountry. With a new popular movie and a new documentary film likely to draw more and more hikers to the bus where Chris McCandless died — trapped by that same river — is it time to eliminate the attraction?

  • Neal Laughman, president of the Healy Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Ron Lamothe, producer of the new documentary The Call of the Wild, about Christopher McCandless’ life and his death north of Denali
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HOST: Steve Heimel

LIVE BROADCAST: Tue, Nov 13 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide


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