German university student hiked 3,000 miles while taking selfies along the way, makes viral video of his transformation.
Facebook has recently seen a resurgence of a video of a man’s self-documented transformation when he walked 2,796 miles across China.
Giving some much needed depth to the art of selfies, a 26 year old Christoph Rehage set off on Nov. 9, 2007 from Beijing and ended at a city near the Gobi desert called Ürümqi eleven months later, taking a total of 30,000 pictures of himself along the way and using 14,000 of them to make the viral timelapse video below.
When asked why he began the journey, Rehage had a fairly optimistic answer:
I had walked from Paris to my home in Germany once in the summer of 2003 – a little walk of about 800km that took less than a month. But there was something special about that walk. I remembered being on the road, thinking: Where will I sleep? What will I eat? There were no metaphysical questions, no big worries, just pragmatic problems to solve. It felt good, and it felt meaningful.
While his original plan was to walk all the way to his hometown in Germany, Rehage’s explanation for deciding to stop is a little vague and rather dark:
I wanted to gain back my life. I had to regain control over myself, eliminate the inner boss that was telling me what to do. A lot of people look at the video thinking “I want to be free like that guy!” – but they don’t realize that I was driven by something, and maybe I was losing control over it.
Rehage kept a blog during his journey which is kept under his website archive. He also has two books out (in German only). For a quick read, you can find more insights in his FAQs, where there are plenty of questions regarding his epic beard.