FAIRBANKS — A group of hikers on the trail leading to the “Into the Wild” bus near Healy received help from area firefighters last week after a member of the party hurt himself with an ax. 

A party of three hikers traveling on the Stampede Trail called for assistance Aug. 6 near the Teklanika River, according to an Alaska State Troopers news release published Wednesday. The Tri-Valley Volunteer Fire Department responded and gave the party a ride back to Healy on ATVs. 

It wasn’t immediately clear from the news release if the party was headed to or returning from the “Into the Wild” bus. Phone calls to the fire department weren’t immediately returned and troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said she hadn’t been able to ask troopers in the area. 

The remote abandoned bus was the temporary home of hitchhiker Christopher McCandless, who starved to death there in 1992. The bus was later featured in the “Into the Wild” book and movie about McCandless’ life. It’s since become a pilgrimage site for fans. 

Many previous visitors have ventured too far into the wild and been rescued by area first responder. 

Last week’s party was made up of Matthew Peot, 29, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Thomas Young, 45 of Horicon, Wisconsin; and Kenneth Young, whose age and hometown were not listed in the news release. The party requested help with a SPOT locator after Young tripped and fell while holding an ax.

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