03 September 2012

Namibia: Fish River Canyon - "The Beauty of the Irrational" (video)

The Fish River Canyon in Namibia is one of the most stunning landmarks in Southern Africa. The largest canyon in Africa and the 2nd largest canyon in the world is about 160km long, up to 27km wide and in places almost 550m deep.
The short film "The Beauty of the Irrational" follows Ryan Sandes, a South African Ultra-Runner, as he returns to the Fish River Canyon to run the 5 day, 84km, Fish River Canyon Hiking Trail in the fastest time possible. He completed the run, self-supported, in amazing time of 6h57min!

The Fish River Hiking Trail starts from the main view point near Hobas, and ends about 84km further south at the Ai-Ais Hot Springs Spa. No facilities are available and hikers sleep outdoors for the entire trip which usually takes 3 to 5 days to complete. The hike is usually only open from 01 May to 15 September, as temperatures in the canyon can exceed 45°C in summer and flash floods may occur. All hikers must have a medical certificate to attempt the hike. Groups must consist of at least 3 participants older than 12 years.
Kudos @ The African Attachment for the great film!

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