Sometimes the best decisions we can make in life are those that aren’t thought out, have no particular rhyme or reason, and seem risky or not attainable. It is these choices that often result in life changing moments and mind blowing epiphanies that make us feel perfectly content in what we do and who we are. South African runner Ryan Sandes shares his ultimate “irrational decision” and why it meant so much to him in this video on impulsive decisions and following your gut. Sandes returned to Fish River Canyon in Namibia to become the fastest man to run the 84 kilometer trail. How fast you ask? Sandes completed the usual 5 day trek in just under seven hours. Wow.

Directed by Dean Leslie
Produced by Greg Fell
Cinematography by Dean Leslie & Dale Hunt
Edited by Dean Leslie
Original music by Signpost Sound

Additional Footage
Greg Fell
Craig Kolesky

Supported by Salomon, Suunto and Velocity Sports Lab

Special thanks
Alu-Cab –
Signpost Sound –
African Extreme Promotions –
Vanessa Haywood
Ryan Sandes


About The Author

Mitch Lex

Mitch grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona where he fell in love with kayaking, backpacking and just about everything else there is to do outside. Since moving to the Midwest, Mitch has continued to explore trails and rivers throughout the country. His greatest adventures include roaming with grizzlies and caribou on a NOLS course in Canada's Yukon Territory, swimming with dolphins while studying abroad in New Zealand, and guiding backpacking trips in southwestern Colorado and Utah. He sees the outdoors as a place where you can discover what is truly important in life while exploring a little bit about oneself along the way. Contrary to popular demand, he enjoys dried pineapple and Reese's pieces over M&M's and raisins in his trail mix any day of the week. Sorry GORP.