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Carine McCandless        
 

Chris McCandless Sister

A note from Carine McCandless, Chris’s youngest
sister.

I have been aware of Adam’s website for quite some time now. I
appreciate his efforts and intent for creating it. Although I have never
posted before I have read many of your comments. I value the sentiment
and how Chris has touched your lives.

Nothing was more important to Chris than truth. He believed strongly
that absolute truth should be part of everything you do in this life. I
feel a responsibility to be his voice now that he is no longer here to
speak for himself. That being said, there is some content on this site
that I spoke to my parents about many times. As it has not been fully
addressed, I feel the need to respond to it now.

Most notably, their listing of “Walt’s children” disappoints me.
The accurate list of children in true order of birth is:
Sam, Stacy, Shawna, Shelly, Shannon, Chris, Quinn, Carine.
Chris & I were born to Billie while our father was still married and
continued his family with his first wife Marcia. Both families suffered
through constant domestic violence, threats and deception. I believe
that to not acknowledge at least these basic facts is an injustice to
Chris and all that he endured.

This is the most difficult thing I have ever had to write. I pause here
to realize that no matter what truths the past deems undeniable, it is
devastating to lose a child. My parents are dealing with his death in
their own way. They tell me that they have both established a new
relationship with God and it has changed them for the better. As a
Christian myself I believe in the strength of the Spirit. I am pleased
by the hope this statement could bring, and it is not my intent to
denigrate that. However I must say that I have seen no evidence of
changed behavior beyond the surface. Perhaps I cannot escape the irony
that as children, throughout dad’s gin induced rages, we were reminded
that he himself was God, so his actions could not be wrong. This weighed
heavily on us, especially after returning home from church and the
Sunday school classes our parents taught.

I respect the charitable work my parents perform in Chris’s name and
hope it has had a positive effect on their lives as well as those they
help. One such effort is the new “Back To The Wild” book they are
publishing of his photographs. I do not wish to hinder the success of
this project. I do feel the need to state that none of Chris’s siblings
were involved in the creation of it. In my opinion it lacks an essential
balance to be a true testament to Chris and his journey. It is a simple
fact that other than Walt and Billie, no member of his memorial
foundation has any personal knowledge of the true environment Chris grew
up in. I do want to recognize that my parents adjusted the "Early Years"
content on this site. They also removed what they had originally planned
to include as a similar section in the book. Having seen it online, I
informed them that it was extremely upsetting to my siblings and myself
because we felt it was defamatory and unfair to Chris. I am optimistic
that this section will also be absent from the follow up DVD, and hope
that their admirable decision to omit it might bring some healing to
this family.

(UPDATE – Unfortunately my parents have released a new version of their
book "Back to The Wild", actually claiming Chris as the author in the i-books
listing – a testament to itself that this is truly an "un-real" version
of Chris’s life story. The first page of this book begins with the
following intro…"We can only speculate why a young man, right after
college graduation, would set out on the open road. Why did he choose to
sever communication with his family?"….. Of course, my parents know
why. How sad that this book that claims to be the life work of someone
that stood for TRUTH above all else, actually begins with a lie.
Furthermore, the "Early Years" section has been reinstalled, providing
misleading information and a false sense of the childhood that made
Chris who he was. I am saddened that my parents have learned nothing
from his death, that they hide behind the guise of a foundation and use
his name to try to erase their own mistakes and rewrite our family
history. I am disappointed in the people that assist them in doing this,
while proclaiming their intent to honor Chris they have achieved just
the opposite. His brothers and sisters will continue to speak the truth.
We stand behind Chris and his true story.)

Please understand that I wish no ill will befall my parents. I know that
they will read this and I do not want to hurt them. I am well aware that
many children in this world have a much more difficult upbringing than
we did. I want to acknowledge the good things they did as parents. In
this regard I can only speak to the direct experience of Chris and I in
our household, as I am conscious that these same opportunities were not
always available to our siblings. They introduced us to nature and that
was such a great gift. We were well fed, well educated and well
traveled. We went regularly to the doctor and dentist, had a nice clean
home to live in with a beautiful yard, had cars to drive to high school.
We were able to pursue sports and music. Being a parent myself, I know
these things are not always easy to provide. They taught us how to work
hard although I feel our purposes for doing so are different than
theirs. Their financial success and these subsequent provisions to us
seemed to be their proof of good parenting while we were threatened to
ignore the other side of our reality. We appreciated the good times. We
did not expect our parents to be perfect, as we certainly were not, but
we did expect to be able to trust them and feel safe and loved within
our own home.

I worked as a consultant on both the book and movie. It was difficult to
define that delicate line between supporting Chris with an honest
accounting of the childhood that led him to the decisions he made, while
not causing further pain to my family. I asked that Jon Krakauer not
write about specific occurrences and he respected that request. Sean
Penn continued that trust in the making of the film. Due to the editing
of my narrative in the film, I regret that there is one portion that
mistakenly implies that we did not know our brothers and sisters growing
up. Sean Penn and I discussed this at length. With obvious time
constraints in mind, he correctly decided that to completely and
honestly explain how our two families overlapped would seem to
sensationalize the family drama and cause more pain to my parents.
Unfortunately, rather than respect or appreciate these submissions, I
feel that my parents are attempting to take advantage of vague
portrayals of our history with their efforts to create a new one. To
imply things were different than they were goes against Chris and
everything he stood for. Their written position that they were
"dedicated" to making sure there was "seamless interaction" between our
two families is a stark contrast to the painful events that were woven
into our childhood.

Walt & Billie began their relationship when she was working as his
secretary at Hughes Aircraft. Marcia was pregnant with Shelly at the
time. Three years later, Shannon was born to Marcia just 3 months before
Billie gave birth to Chris, then Quinn was born between Chris and me.
Marcia was eventually able to divorce Walt and he married Billie when I
was 4 and Chris was 7. After Chris and I learned of this, we always felt
guilty that our father’s other children and wife felt abandoned. Still,
to this day, Marcia and all of her children regard us with love and
respect rather than the products of a painful affair. I state these
facts not to condemn my parents, but to shed light on Chris’s true
mindset. From the time we were small children, still unaware of how
children come to be, I remember Chris being consistently told through
our mother’s tears that the family struggles began with his birth, when
she became “stuck” with our dad. Chris carried this unfounded guilt with
him until the wisdom that comes with age resulted in feelings of
betrayal and eventually anger. This mislaid blame was never rescinded,
only ignored. Seeing no alternative but to completely remove himself
from the pain he could not manage, Chris had just cause to leave in the
way that he did. For him it was a matter of survival. He overcame
adversity to live a positive and beautiful existence on this earth. His
brothers and sisters understand and respect that.

We indeed had the privilege of family vacations. Yet aside from smiling
children frozen in time through family photos, I am disturbed by their
quote “All of this was driven by a desire to make sure that all felt as
one and that hopefully they would continue that fellowship through the
rest of their lives.” In reality they often made attempts to pit us
against each other in an effort to prevent unity and communication. Yet
they now take credit for the close relationship we siblings maintain to
this day. We are our family. It is a fact that Walt and Billie
consistently refuse to talk honestly about the past whenever their
children reach out to them for healing and closure. We are still blamed
for their poor choices. Their persistence of these implications is what
caused the loss (not the death) of Chris, and continues to prevent the
possibility of a relationship with their 7 living children, 9
grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Without a genuine opportunity for closure, I still struggle to find a
healthy balance between appreciating what my parents did right, my need
to forgive them for what they did wrong and my commitment to ensuring
Chris’s true voice is never silenced. I know that if they would be
willing to look into that mirror of honesty they could understand my
position rather than be angered by it.

I am grateful that Chris and his story have touched so many lives in a
positive way. It is a beautiful legacy and well deserved. Although
remarkably intelligent and confident, Chris was also quite modest. It
would surprise him to have had such an effect on so many people all over
the world.

With sincerity, I thank you for reading my thoughts.

Honor Each Day,
Carine McCandless

A note from Shelly McCandless

A note from Stacy McCandless

A note from Shawna McCandless

Here is a youtube video of an
interview with Carine on the Oprah Winfrey show.


Carine is registered with Random House Speakers Bureau and speaks at
Universities around the world on the story Into The Wild. Her profile
can be found here  www.rhspeakers.com . 



Here is a link to the Promise Places Charity.   www.promiseplaces.org  
Carine regularly hosts events to fund raise and spread awareness for
human rights advocacy – a cause close to Chris’s heart.  



Here is Carine McCandless’ website – 
www.carinemccandless.com




You can personally connect with Carine on this community facebook page
that she hosts in honor of Chris 
https://www.facebook.com/CarineMcCandlessIntoTheWild

Links

  • Memorial Foundation
  • Documentary
  • Carine McCandless
  • Back To The Wild
  • Official Forum

Papers and Essays

If you are interested in submitting an essay or paper on the story Into The Wild,
and would like it published on this website, please send them to us
[email protected]

Copyright

Please contact us before using any of the pictures found on this website.

Your Thoughts

You can contact the webmaster on the email address
below or make a comment on facebook or our forum.

mail @christophermccandless.info

social social   

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Christopher McCandlessaka Alexander Supertramp

  • Home
  • Bio
  • The Movie
  • The Book
  • 142 Bus
  • Forum

chris mccandless

  • Pictures
  • Submitted Papers
  • Memorial Foundation
  • Documentary
  • Back To The Wild
  • A View
  • Contact

Carine McCandless        
 

Chris McCandless Sister

A note from Carine McCandless, Chris’s youngest
sister.

I have been aware of Adam’s website for quite some time now. I
appreciate his efforts and intent for creating it. Although I have never
posted before I have read many of your comments. I value the sentiment
and how Chris has touched your lives.

Nothing was more important to Chris than truth. He believed strongly
that absolute truth should be part of everything you do in this life. I
feel a responsibility to be his voice now that he is no longer here to
speak for himself. That being said, there is some content on this site
that I spoke to my parents about many times. As it has not been fully
addressed, I feel the need to respond to it now.

Most notably, their listing of “Walt’s children” disappoints me.
The accurate list of children in true order of birth is:
Sam, Stacy, Shawna, Shelly, Shannon, Chris, Quinn, Carine.
Chris & I were born to Billie while our father was still married and
continued his family with his first wife Marcia. Both families suffered
through constant domestic violence, threats and deception. I believe
that to not acknowledge at least these basic facts is an injustice to
Chris and all that he endured.

This is the most difficult thing I have ever had to write. I pause here
to realize that no matter what truths the past deems undeniable, it is
devastating to lose a child. My parents are dealing with his death in
their own way. They tell me that they have both established a new
relationship with God and it has changed them for the better. As a
Christian myself I believe in the strength of the Spirit. I am pleased
by the hope this statement could bring, and it is not my intent to
denigrate that. However I must say that I have seen no evidence of
changed behavior beyond the surface. Perhaps I cannot escape the irony
that as children, throughout dad’s gin induced rages, we were reminded
that he himself was God, so his actions could not be wrong. This weighed
heavily on us, especially after returning home from church and the
Sunday school classes our parents taught.

I respect the charitable work my parents perform in Chris’s name and
hope it has had a positive effect on their lives as well as those they
help. One such effort is the new “Back To The Wild” book they are
publishing of his photographs. I do not wish to hinder the success of
this project. I do feel the need to state that none of Chris’s siblings
were involved in the creation of it. In my opinion it lacks an essential
balance to be a true testament to Chris and his journey. It is a simple
fact that other than Walt and Billie, no member of his memorial
foundation has any personal knowledge of the true environment Chris grew
up in. I do want to recognize that my parents adjusted the "Early Years"
content on this site. They also removed what they had originally planned
to include as a similar section in the book. Having seen it online, I
informed them that it was extremely upsetting to my siblings and myself
because we felt it was defamatory and unfair to Chris. I am optimistic
that this section will also be absent from the follow up DVD, and hope
that their admirable decision to omit it might bring some healing to
this family.

(UPDATE – Unfortunately my parents have released a new version of their
book "Back to The Wild", actually claiming Chris as the author in the i-books
listing – a testament to itself that this is truly an "un-real" version
of Chris’s life story. The first page of this book begins with the
following intro…"We can only speculate why a young man, right after
college graduation, would set out on the open road. Why did he choose to
sever communication with his family?"….. Of course, my parents know
why. How sad that this book that claims to be the life work of someone
that stood for TRUTH above all else, actually begins with a lie.
Furthermore, the "Early Years" section has been reinstalled, providing
misleading information and a false sense of the childhood that made
Chris who he was. I am saddened that my parents have learned nothing
from his death, that they hide behind the guise of a foundation and use
his name to try to erase their own mistakes and rewrite our family
history. I am disappointed in the people that assist them in doing this,
while proclaiming their intent to honor Chris they have achieved just
the opposite. His brothers and sisters will continue to speak the truth.
We stand behind Chris and his true story.)

Please understand that I wish no ill will befall my parents. I know that
they will read this and I do not want to hurt them. I am well aware that
many children in this world have a much more difficult upbringing than
we did. I want to acknowledge the good things they did as parents. In
this regard I can only speak to the direct experience of Chris and I in
our household, as I am conscious that these same opportunities were not
always available to our siblings. They introduced us to nature and that
was such a great gift. We were well fed, well educated and well
traveled. We went regularly to the doctor and dentist, had a nice clean
home to live in with a beautiful yard, had cars to drive to high school.
We were able to pursue sports and music. Being a parent myself, I know
these things are not always easy to provide. They taught us how to work
hard although I feel our purposes for doing so are different than
theirs. Their financial success and these subsequent provisions to us
seemed to be their proof of good parenting while we were threatened to
ignore the other side of our reality. We appreciated the good times. We
did not expect our parents to be perfect, as we certainly were not, but
we did expect to be able to trust them and feel safe and loved within
our own home.

I worked as a consultant on both the book and movie. It was difficult to
define that delicate line between supporting Chris with an honest
accounting of the childhood that led him to the decisions he made, while
not causing further pain to my family. I asked that Jon Krakauer not
write about specific occurrences and he respected that request. Sean
Penn continued that trust in the making of the film. Due to the editing
of my narrative in the film, I regret that there is one portion that
mistakenly implies that we did not know our brothers and sisters growing
up. Sean Penn and I discussed this at length. With obvious time
constraints in mind, he correctly decided that to completely and
honestly explain how our two families overlapped would seem to
sensationalize the family drama and cause more pain to my parents.
Unfortunately, rather than respect or appreciate these submissions, I
feel that my parents are attempting to take advantage of vague
portrayals of our history with their efforts to create a new one. To
imply things were different than they were goes against Chris and
everything he stood for. Their written position that they were
"dedicated" to making sure there was "seamless interaction" between our
two families is a stark contrast to the painful events that were woven
into our childhood.

Walt & Billie began their relationship when she was working as his
secretary at Hughes Aircraft. Marcia was pregnant with Shelly at the
time. Three years later, Shannon was born to Marcia just 3 months before
Billie gave birth to Chris, then Quinn was born between Chris and me.
Marcia was eventually able to divorce Walt and he married Billie when I
was 4 and Chris was 7. After Chris and I learned of this, we always felt
guilty that our father’s other children and wife felt abandoned. Still,
to this day, Marcia and all of her children regard us with love and
respect rather than the products of a painful affair. I state these
facts not to condemn my parents, but to shed light on Chris’s true
mindset. From the time we were small children, still unaware of how
children come to be, I remember Chris being consistently told through
our mother’s tears that the family struggles began with his birth, when
she became “stuck” with our dad. Chris carried this unfounded guilt with
him until the wisdom that comes with age resulted in feelings of
betrayal and eventually anger. This mislaid blame was never rescinded,
only ignored. Seeing no alternative but to completely remove himself
from the pain he could not manage, Chris had just cause to leave in the
way that he did. For him it was a matter of survival. He overcame
adversity to live a positive and beautiful existence on this earth. His
brothers and sisters understand and respect that.

We indeed had the privilege of family vacations. Yet aside from smiling
children frozen in time through family photos, I am disturbed by their
quote “All of this was driven by a desire to make sure that all felt as
one and that hopefully they would continue that fellowship through the
rest of their lives.” In reality they often made attempts to pit us
against each other in an effort to prevent unity and communication. Yet
they now take credit for the close relationship we siblings maintain to
this day. We are our family. It is a fact that Walt and Billie
consistently refuse to talk honestly about the past whenever their
children reach out to them for healing and closure. We are still blamed
for their poor choices. Their persistence of these implications is what
caused the loss (not the death) of Chris, and continues to prevent the
possibility of a relationship with their 7 living children, 9
grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Without a genuine opportunity for closure, I still struggle to find a
healthy balance between appreciating what my parents did right, my need
to forgive them for what they did wrong and my commitment to ensuring
Chris’s true voice is never silenced. I know that if they would be
willing to look into that mirror of honesty they could understand my
position rather than be angered by it.

I am grateful that Chris and his story have touched so many lives in a
positive way. It is a beautiful legacy and well deserved. Although
remarkably intelligent and confident, Chris was also quite modest. It
would surprise him to have had such an effect on so many people all over
the world.

With sincerity, I thank you for reading my thoughts.

Honor Each Day,
Carine McCandless

A note from Shelly McCandless

A note from Stacy McCandless

A note from Shawna McCandless

Here is a youtube video of an
interview with Carine on the Oprah Winfrey show.


Carine is registered with Random House Speakers Bureau and speaks at
Universities around the world on the story Into The Wild. Her profile
can be found here  www.rhspeakers.com . 



Here is a link to the Promise Places Charity.   www.promiseplaces.org  
Carine regularly hosts events to fund raise and spread awareness for
human rights advocacy – a cause close to Chris’s heart.  



Here is Carine McCandless’ website – 
www.carinemccandless.com




You can personally connect with Carine on this community facebook page
that she hosts in honor of Chris 
https://www.facebook.com/CarineMcCandlessIntoTheWild

Links

  • Memorial Foundation
  • Documentary
  • Carine McCandless
  • Back To The Wild
  • Official Forum

Papers and Essays

If you are interested in submitting an essay or paper on the story Into The Wild,
and would like it published on this website, please send them to us
[email protected]

Copyright

Please contact us before using any of the pictures found on this website.

Your Thoughts

You can contact the webmaster on the email address
below or make a comment on facebook or our forum.

mail @christophermccandless.info

social social   

© Copyright
2011 Adam Read | Design:
Kristiansand . All Rights Reserved
| Links | Contact:

[email protected]

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