Filmmakers Adam Maruniak and Justin Pelletier spent weeks searching for Dag Aaybe, a 76-year-old endurance running legend, who slips from the BC bush every August to compete (and regularly finish) the 125-kilometer Canadian Death Race, which has 17,000 feet of climbing. Aaybe, who grew up in Norway and became one of the earliest rippers at Whistler, is notoriously difficult to track down. It took a Canadian journalist months to reach him, and until now she’s the only one he’s shared his story with.

When the filmmakers do get this spectral, monkish man on camera, he doesn’t tell how he did stunts in more than 20 films, or that he was Sean Connery’s poker buddy, or that there’s a run at Whistler named after him. But what he does share is more important: how he lives as simply as possible, and why “never die easy” is the best way to live.

Steve Casimiro is the editor of Adventure Journal. Follow him on Instagram at @stevecasimiro.