Gallien said Mc Candless wouldn't have seen a "swift current" on the Nenana because the river was frozen.
National Weather Service records appear to back him up, as do records for the Nenana Ice Classic, a lottery tied to the ice going out on the Tanana River in Nenana. Mc Candless is believed to have ridden up the highway near the end of April.
The journal contains approximately 430 words, 130 numbers, nine asterisks and a handful of symbols.
Other than this, all Krakauer had to go on was several rolls of film found with the young man's body and a rambling, cliche-filled, 103-word diatribe carved into plywood in which Mc Candless claimed to be "Alexander Supertramp" off on a "climatic battle to kill the false being within and victoriously conclude the spiritual pilgrimage." Mc Candless' journal contains no descriptions of what he did at or around the bus.
Almost a third of the words in the journal come over the course of what appear to be the seven days after the moose dies. 44 reads "butchering extremely difficult; fly & mosquito hordes; remove intestines, liver, kidneys, one lung, steaks; get hindquarter & leg to stream." No.
45 reads "remove heart & other lung; two front legs & head; get rest to stream; near cave; try to protect with smoker." He does not say where he is going or why.About a quarter of the 430 words in the journal are simply the names of animals: squirrel, ptarmigan, porcupine, bear, moose.Some of what "Into the Wild" attributes to the journal doesn't exist. Krakauer claimed it was this period of rain that caused flooding and prevented Mc Candless from crossing the Teklanika River and walking to safety.Weather records for nearby Denali National Park and Preserve show no heavy rains for what Krakauer specifies as the period of time in question.What follows from there until 50 is a workmanlike description of dismembering the animal he shot and killed out of season.It is as if the late writer Ernest Hemingway found a 430-word journal written by Nick Adams containing the words "railroad," "fish," "forest fire," "camp" and a few others -- and from that wrote "Big Two-Hearted River" as the true story of Adams' biggest fishing adventure. Krakauer in 2011 attacked Mortenson's mega-bestselling book "Three Cups of Tea" as "an intricately wrought work of fiction presented as fact." The Alaska section of "Into the Wild" appears to fit that description well.ADN made no attempt to fact check the sections of "Into the Wild" dealing with Mc Candless' life Outside before his death in Alaska, but a fact check of the Alaska section of the book -- a book now taught in classrooms across America as "the true story of Chris Mc Candless" -- makes it clear the Alaska section of the book sprang largely from Krakauer's imagination.In "Into the Wild," Kraukauer claims Mc Candless told Gallien of fears of water while driving over the "swift current" of the Nenana River.The claim is a setup to explain why Mc Candless might have later turned back from the Teklanika instead of fording it and hiking to safety.The main source -- Jim Gallien -- picked Mc Candless up hitchhiking along the George Parks Highway in late April and left him at the Stampede Road.Gallien told ADN he didn't and wouldn't have said a key part of what Krakauer reported he said.