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Seven months after Chris McCandless died in the Alaskan wilderness, his parents, Walt and Billie, took a journey to visit the place where their son set up camp in a bus and died. "We missed him. We hadn't seen him," Walt says. "So it was closure. We needed to go there."

When they arrived, the McCandlesses found the few possessions their son owned, including his patched pair of jeans. "When I picked up his pants, I could sense his fragrance," Billie says. "But I don't know, I just felt that. I felt I could smell him."

"I saw that he was complete up there. I don't think he was up there wanting for anything. … Now when I think about Chris, even to this day, I think of him as a boy, not a man. I really, unfortunately, didn't get to know him as a man. And I'll regret that. I'll always regret that."
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