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

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Whilst his friends and family often ask when he's coming back, he says he doesn't know and has no plans to return just yet.

'I left to figure out what I wanted.' He adds: 'I wanted to be content and it's hard to be content when you don't really feel like you're living.

'I've found a direction I want to go and the kind of life I want to live. One day, maybe I'll get a story in Nat Geo. I kind of feel like a kid saying that, but we're allowed to dream right?' 

End of the road? 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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