If Mc Candless had eaten seeds that contained this mold, he could have become sick, and Krakauer suggests that he thus became unable to get out of bed and so starved.
His basis for the mold hypothesis is a photograph that shows seeds in a bag.
When this happened, Mc Candless may have attempted to eat the seeds instead.
Krakauer first speculated that the seeds were actually from Hedysarum mackenzii, or wild sweet pea, instead of the Eskimo Potato, which contained a poisonous alkaloid, possibly swainsonine (the toxic chemical in locoweed) or something similar.
On April 28, 1992, Mc Candless hitchhiked to the Stampede Trail in Alaska.
There he headed down the snow-covered trail to begin an odyssey with only 10 pounds (4500 g) of rice, a .22 caliber rifle, several boxes of rifle rounds, a camera, and a small selection of reading material—including a field guide to the region's edible plants, Tana'ina Plantlore.Although he planned to hike to the coast, the boggy terrain of summer proved too difficult, and he decided instead to camp in a derelict camping bus left by a construction company.In July, he tried to leave, only to find the route blocked by a snow-melt raging river.The Christopher Johnson Mc Candless Memorial Foundation, headed by Mc Candless' parents Bille and Walt, with the editorial and writing input of family and friends, released the book and DVD Back to the Wild: The Photographs & Writings of Christopher Mc Candless (2010).The material includes hundreds of Mc Candless' previously unseen pictures and journal entries.Christopher Johnson Mc Candless grew up in suburban Annandale, Virginia.After graduating in May 1990 with high grades from Emory University, Mc Candless ceased communicating with his family, gave away his college fund of ,500 to Oxfam, and began traveling across the Western United States, later abandoning his 1982 Datsun after a flash flood.On September 6, 1992, Christopher Mc Candless' body was found inside an abandoned bus in Alaska ( One year later, author Jon Krakauer retraced Mc Candless' steps during the two years between college graduation and his demise in Alaska. He spent time in Carthage, South Dakota, laboring for months in a grain elevator owned by Wayne Westerberg before hitchhiking to Alaska.Mc Candless shed his legal name early in his journey, adopting the moniker "Alexander Supertramp", after W. Krakauer interprets Mc Candless' intensely ascetic personality as possibly influenced by the writings of Henry David Thoreau and Mc Candless' favorite writer, Jack London.The book was adapted to a film of the same name in 2007, directed by Sean Penn with Emile Hirsch starring as Mc Candless.Into the Wild is an international bestseller which has been printed in 30 languages and 173 editions and formats.