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Fog of Lucidity
Unbelievable. This bus is like an insect light for fuckwits:
Five Italian hikers were rescued from the remote Alaskan wilderness over the weekend after they visited an abandoned bus featured in the popular book and film “Into the Wild.”
Alaska State Trooper spokesman Tim DeSpain told The Associated Press that the hikers were found 13 miles from the beginning of Stampede Trail, where the bus, which has been the source of multiple rescues and several deaths, is located.
A satellite-based emergency device notified the International Emergency Response Coordination Center of a medical emergency and they notified rescuers, who reached the site by snowmobile, DeSpain said.
One of the hikers was found suffering from frostbite to his feet. He was taken to a hospital in Fairbanks for treatment. The remaining hikers, who were picked up by friends, had non-life-threating injuries.
Saturday’s rescue was the latest involving the bus, first made famous by Jon Krakauer’s book published in 1996 and then by Sean Penn’s 2007 film of the same name. Both fueled a lingering mystique about a young idealist, Christopher McCandless, who met his death from starvation in the bus, which is about 10 miles north of the entrance to Denali National Park and Preserve.
In July, a 24-year-old woman from Belarus died after troopers said she was swept away by a strong current while crossing a river to reach the bus. She had been married for less than a month at the time fo her death.
In 2013, three German hikers trying to reach the bus were rescued after a river they crossed became impassable because of high, fast-moving water.
Families of some of those who died are now behind a proposal before Denali Borough for a feasibility study for the construction of a footbridge over the Teklanika.
The idea is in the early stages, and no decision has been made. But borough Mayor Clay Walker said there are several concerns among officials. A footbridge might give people a false sense of security. It could lead to more people trying to reach the bus, and that could lead to more rescues, Walker said.
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Great idea! Let's all go get stranded and die from exposure/starvation by going on a pilgrimage to that place where that other guy got stranded and died from exposure/starvation that other time.
I'm being repressed!
How about they just remove the bus?
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Fairbanks has the dubious distinction of having one of the largest temperature swings in the world. Practically every winter hits -60F and practically every summer hits 90F. I used to get endless complaints from my fab shop inspectors that they’d be making more money and be warmer inspecting work in the Arctic Circle (ie North Slope).
Hiking in Remote Alaska in February ain’t for dilettantes. You better have local knowledge (eg guide) and layers of gear.
Ego is the anesthesia that deadens the pain of stupidity
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Get a proper helicopter, lift the bus out and place it across the highway by the entrance to Denali National Park.
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Moving the bus to Denali makes sense. The helicopter lift will be far less expensive in resources and risk than the continuing rescue of asshats who lack the skills necessary to make that trek. The bus will be a destination, better the experience required to get to that destination is as minimal as the brain power of some of the folks who want to reach it.
How did the bus get there originally?
Why not junk it? No need to clutter up the natural beauty of the place with junk.
It's February. It's Alaska.
What could go wrong?
"We're all travelers in this world. From the sweet grass to the packing house. Birth 'til death. We travel between the eternities."
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It was used as a mobile bunkhouse in 1961 by construction crews working in the area, and was abandoned there after its axle broke.
I believe it was dragged in by dozers and used as lodging for lumberjacks.
Sounds like a Marathon!
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I'm being repressed!
How do you say "fucktard" in Italian? Testadichozzo?
It's like my brain's a tree and you're those little cookie elves.
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Master of Nothing
I say leave it out there, it's a magnet for fucktards, Darwinism in action.
My daughter can deflate your daughter's soccer ball.
Its now a landmark. Some leftist twit made a movie about it. Can't destroy new landmarks.
Unhappy ammo seeker
There's a replica bus from the movie at a restaurant in Cantwell, not too far from the real site. We saw it a couple years ago. Others are motivated to see the real thing, even if they die trying.
Director Sean Penn did some location filming but had this built and set up away from the real site.
|Just for the|
hell of it
I agree with this.
There are some incredibly beautiful places in Alaska. If some f-turd chooses to make the trek to this bus so be it. If they don't understand what they are doing so be it.
Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain. Jack Kerouac
Drop a couple of JDAMS on it and be done with it.
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