McCandless Bus 142 Landing and Exploration

Price: $609.00
Infants under 2 years old are free when sitting on an adult's lap, but must be accounted for below.
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Summary
Shore Excursion Size ? Small
Shore Excursion Type Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration 2 Hours 30 Minutes
Activity Level ? Easy
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? Custom pick-up from Denali hotels is provided for this tour. Please enter your desired pick-up location above.
Food/Beverage Provided Not included.
Recommended Dress For all tours in Alaska, we recommend wearing layers that can easily be removed, with the top layer being waterproof. Sturdy, closed-toe comfortable walking shoes or boots are suggested. Sunglasses and a hat are also recommended.
Restrictions Infants under 2 years old are free when sitting on an adult's lap, but must be accounted for at the time of booking. All guests, regardless of age, must provide their weight at the time of booking. Persons weighing more than 250 pounds fully clothed must pay an additional fee. An infant's weight must be considered when calculating the weight of the adult holding the baby and the fee must be paid at the time of booking if you think the combined weight will exceed 250 pounds on the day of the tour. Limited mobility guests can be placed on helicopter. To ensure all guests safety and comfort, no bags, backpacks, purses, iPads, tablets, drones, selfie sticks, or similar devices are allowed on board the helicopter or in the cockpit. Safe storage space for these items is provided. No animals of any kind are allowed to board the helicopter.

McCandless Bus 142 Landing and Exploration

The only Fairbanks Bus 142 adventure offered in Denali National Park calls to those who seek the ultimate adventure, and you know who you are! Fly into the Wild and pay homage to the man who inspired a generation to explore. As Chris McCandless once said, "The very basic core of man's living spirit is the passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun".

Your adventure will begin at a private helipad where you will take off and soar over the Nenana River and into the Wild. Fly over the incredible and panoramic Denali nature under the guidance of your professional pilots and trained Alaskan experts. Make a landing just off the Stampede Trail, a mining road blazed in the 1930s only to be abandoned in 1963 after deeming the terrain impassable due to permafrost and seasonal floods. Left behind on this renounced trail, though, is Fairbanks Bus 142: a makeshift shelter retrofitted with bunks, and a wood stove for those construction workers hired to clear the path. This is the shelter that later would become a home.

Pay homage to the man who inspired a generation of others to get out and explore. His ideology was to set aside worldly possessions and live as one with nature. Christopher McCandless is a hero to many as he epitomizes the spirit of adventure and the spirit of living a free life by means of personal conviction and passion. Experience first-hand the spirit of McCandless' endless pursuit of joy through this immersion into nature where all things live on and pay tribute to the legend himself.

While the trail may have been deemed impassable, McCandless found a way. And, in the spirit of McCandless, your amazing journey will offer a landing at Bus 142 accessible only to helicopters. Explore the place where a wandering soul found its home, walk in his footsteps and read the quotes scribbled in marker on the interior walls. Replicate the infamous final photograph and witness how Christopher McCandless lived while being inspired yourself to live a life of adventure. Become one with nature and come away from this immersion into the peace and tranquility of this part of Alaska with a life of seeking each day with the optimism of looking upon each new rising sun as a rebirth.

Please Note: This tour includes 40 to 45 minutes of helicopter time and approximately 30 minutes exploring the "Magic Bus" and surroundings. Infants under 2 years old are free when sitting on an adult's lap, but must be accounted for at the time of booking. All guests, regardless of age, must provide their weight at the time of booking. Persons weighing more than 250 pounds fully clothed must pay an additional fee. An infant's weight must be considered when calculating the weight of the adult holding the baby and the fee must be paid at the time of booking if you think the combined weight will exceed 250 pounds on the day of the tour. Limited mobility guests can be placed on helicopter.