On 9th August 2010, British explorer Ed Stafford became the first person to walk the length of the Amazon river in South America from its source to the sea. His epic, dangerous and exhausting journey was over 4000 miles long and took him 860 days to complete - the longest jungle expedition in history.
Ed's documentary of this astonishing accomplishment has just aired on the Discovery Channel. His long-awaited book is due to be published on 9th June 2011. After a launch party in London Ed will tour the following venues around the UK in June:
Thur 9th LOUGHBOROUGH Town Hall 01509 231914
Mon 13th BARNSTAPLE Queen’s Theatre 01271 324242
Tues 14th HALIFAX Victoria Theatre 01422 351158
Wed 15th DERBY Assembly Rooms 01332 255800
Thurs 16th SALFORD The Lowry 0843 2086000
Fri 17th LLANDUDNO Venue Cymru 01492 872000
Sun 19th DURHAM The Gala 0191 332 4041 *ON SALE SOON*
Mon 20th BUXTON Opera House 0845 1272190
Wed 22nd TELFORD The Place 01952 382382
Thurs 23rd MALVERN Malvern Theatres 01684 892277 *ON SALE SOON*
Fri 24th BRECON Brychieniog 01874 611622
Mon 27th INVERNESS Eden Court 01463 234234 *ON SALE SOON*
When Ed set out on his expedition in April 2008, everyone told him it couldn’t be done. No one had ever attempted to walk the length of the Amazon before. He was told that it was too far, that he would probably die, that he would get ill or that the dense forest, biting insects, snakes, bogs, jaguars and fearful tribes would be too much. But he went anyway. Two and half years later, 18 months longer than he thought it would take, Ed finally reached the Atlantic Ocean and became the first known person to walk the entire length of the Amazon river from source to sea.
From 18-foot long caimans, enormous anaconda snakes, deadly pit-vipers, illness, food shortages and the threat of drowning, Ed and his companion Cho, who joined him 5 months into the trip, encountered every conceivable danger along the way. But the most serious threat to their lives came from a terrifying encounter with a particularly fierce indigenous tribe, who chased and captured Ed and Cho, holding them at gun-point until they were finally released after three long hours of negotiations.
In Walking the Amazon, Ed recounts his epic two-and-a-half year journey with images and footage from his expedition. A vivid portrait of a man driven to the edge of his
own sanity, to join the ranks of the greatest explorers of all time.
“A stupendous achievement, right up there with Hillary’s ascent of Everest and the conquerors of the poles.” Daily Mail
"Truly extraordinary...in the top league of expeditions past and present." Sir Ranulph Fiennes