However to see the real mccandless shelter hikers had to walk for 30 kilometers. Into the wild exploring the real abandoned buson july 7th 2019 i spent 24 hours at the long abandoned fairbanks bus 142 magic bus on the stampede trail near healy alaska.
Fairbanks city transit system bus 142 was a 1946 international harvester k 5 bus abandoned in a clearing at 63 52 5 96 n 149 46 8 39 w along the stampede trail near denali national park.
Fairbanks bus 142. The stampede trail to bus 142 is becoming a more popular hiking destination these days. The nearly 20 mile trail leading up to the abandoned fairbanks bus 142 known as the magic bus has become somewhat of a pilgrimage for hikers ever since jon krakauer s book into the wild was. Fairbanks bus 142 made famous by the book and film into the wild sits at an interim staging point during it removal by the alaska army national guard from the stampede trail in alaska on june 18 2020.
Virtually unheard of to anyone outside the state of alaska before krakauer s article in outside magazine the trail has seen a vast increase in traffic since the release of sean penn s film in 2007. The famous bus where the movie was shot is located right at the beginning of the trail. The bus has long attracted adventurers to an area without cellphone service and marked by unpredictable weather and at times swollen rivers.
The yutan construction company in 1960 brought several buses to the trail for the construction workers to use for shelter in the remote location. The magic bus as chris mccandless named it is an old fairbanks city transit system bus 142. A national guard chinook helicopter lifts fairbanks bus.
The bus began receiving international attention. On june 18 2020 bus 142 was airlifted out by a national guard chinook helicopter and moved to a new location. Hundreds of fans and sightseers have sought to reach the abandoned bus by retracing mccandless steps along the stampede trail.
It is a 1946 international harvester k 5. An alaska army national guard ch 47 chinook helicopter airlifted the bus also known as the fairbanks bus 142 and the magic bus on thursday afternoon the alaska national guard said. The rusting exterior of fairbanks city transit system bus 142 an abandoned 1946 international harvester k 5 parked along alaska s stampede trail.
The bus was made.