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Entering the wilds of Alaska is one of the chief criticisms about Chris, especially with native Alaskans. I think Chris was an idealist and perhaps a naive idealist. His romantic notions of living a Thoreau-like life in the wilderness were at odds with the reality of the situation. Chris didn't realize what he was getting into and when he finally did, things had gotten out of hand. Even Krakauer concedes that venturing into the Alaskan bush with cheap boots and a t shirt was naïve at best.