Following in the footsteps of the doomed Into The Wild adventurer: Photographer's stunning images of Alaska's Stampede Trail

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'Bobby is a Pitt/Lab mix. He's about 8 years old and I got him in 2007 as a puppy. We've been through lots together, and he's still with me. He loves riding in the car.

'Hiking the stampede trail felt like a necessary capstone to this chapter of life. I just started reading Into the Wild. I've seen the movie and loved it. I'm not trying to be Chris McCandless. I'm trying to be Dwayne Parton and I think that's important.' 

Parton explained: 'I did not leave home with the desire to hike to the bus but the more I learned about Chris McCandless the more connections I made and then it just seemed right. I think they are very similar connections to those that others make.'

Like many others, Dwayne Parton's desire to hike grew from a growing discontent with everyday life. 

A keen hiker, he had already hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2014 and had ventured on an extended road trip with a friend at the beginning of 2015.

'In March I couldn't take it anymore. Life was good, it was normal, but it didn't feel right. I wasn't passionate about anything I was doing. I loved the people I was with, but had no passion. 

'I didn't really know what I wanted to do or rather who I wanted to be. I felt stuck at home. I felt like I was waiting to live.'

Since finishing the trail, Parton has plans to stay in Alaska with an aim to build some rock climbing and mountaineering skills.

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