Slightly rusty and somewhat dilapidated, the legendary Into the Wild bus majestically flew into the Alaskan sky last Thursday. Helicopter-towed by the National Guard from its remote natural location in the state of the great American North, the "Magic Bus" had become a place of pilgrimage for all worshipers of freedom and adventure. But access to the vehicle with the crossing of the Teklanika river has become an adventure too perilous for the many tourists determined to reach it for almost ten years.
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A bus that has become legendary
These wanderings had started in 2007, when Sean Penn had adapted to the cinema a book which retraces the life of a young American, Christopher McCandless (played by Emile Hirsch), left in full nature, alone, by rejection of modern society in 1992 He had gone to discover the snow-capped mountains and had settled in an abandoned bus before staying there for a hundred days. Poisoned after having accidentally swallowed a toxic seed, without any possible assistance, weak and without food, he was finally found dead on this bus, used later in the film.
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Fifteen rescue operations between 2009 and 2017
Having become a very touristy place, many hikers hurried to see the bus. More than ten years later, the authorities have finally decided to remove it. Over time, his visit proved to be very dangerous. Recently, a young woman died while trying to reach this bus. In total, more than fifteen rescue operations were recorded between 2009 and 2017. The future of the bus is now in abeyance. Whatever happens, he should leave nature to be exhibited in a museum.