He shouldn't have released that footage. It just makes him look like a lunatic, and no one is going to want to work with a guy who actually lacks self-preservation instinct. Plus, if you care about setting reasonable examples for people to follow, this is the exact opposite of that.
Definitely seemed like a weirdo humble-brag. The article came across more focused on his "bad ass route, bro" than really being honest about how stupid and reckless his series of choices were. I especially liked his attempted justification for not turning back that he supposedly didn't have enough water. Serious kookery.