Jumbopackage- I agree the kid was crazy in a lot of people's opinion, but just "out there" to others. The guy did live with the bears during the summer for something like 10 years and would give presentations at schools back in the states during the winter. He had made a livelihood out of living with grizzly bears and had to know quite a bit about what he was doing. He's certainly not the only guy to befriend grizzly bears, though most of the others have raised them since they were cubs. The kid sure marched to a different drummer, but based on the movie I wouldn't put him in the "truly nuts" category. He knew what he was doing, including the risk, and it was something I doubt many of us would have the balls to do.
All that being said, it's still one of the funniest movies I've ever seen.
Alaskaguy- I hope the movie makes it up there, I think you'll really like it. I agree imo he was somewhat nuts to go into the wilderness to try to survive on his own, though I'm sure he thought he could hike out when he wanted to. I think people that want to climb mountains like Everest and McKinley are nuts too, the risks are so great, but some people seem driven to prove something to themselves. It also seemed like some bad luck that there are two types of potato roots that look almost identical, but one can kill you so I think he also had some bad luck with the high river and bad roots. But at his age me and some of my friends had the same urge before we wanted to start into the 9-5 race. After graduation 2 guys from our frat went to the Ketchican area and basically lived in the woods for a couple of years, though I think they were close enough to Ketchican to get supplies. One came back and the other one stayed up there. How far up are you? We're planning on an Alaska trip next August and are there any "must sees" you can suggest besides Denali, Skagway, etc. We're thinking about seeing the Copper River area and wondered if that was a must see area.
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