Walking the Amazon: 860 Days - The Impossible Task

Author(s): Ed Stafford

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On 2 April 2008, Ed Stafford began his attempt to become the first man ever to walk the entire length of the Amazon river. He has crossed the whole of South America from the Pacific coast of Peru to the mouth of the Amazon River on the Atlantic coast of Brazil. He is set to finish in August 2010. The dangers have been great - from piranhas, crocodiles and killer bees to injuries and tropical rain storms, Ed's journey has demanded extreme physical and mental strength. It is also an adventure with a purpose as Ed is using the trip to help raise people's awareness of current environmental issues. He has had unprecedented access to local communities indigenous communities and witnessed first-hand the effects of deforestation. Ultimately though, it is an account of a world-first expedition and is designed to draw attention to the complexities of the Amazon rainforest. Walking the Amazon will take readers on the most daring journey along the world's greatest river and through the most bio-diverse habitat on earth.


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Ed Stafford started leading remote expeditions after retiring from the British Army as a captain in 2002. Ed has also worked alongside the United Nations in Afghanistan assisting with the first ever presidential elections advising on security, planning and logistics. Prior to this journey Ed was in production with the BBC on their conservation series ‘Lost Land of the Jaguar’.

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General Fields

  • : 9780753515631
  • : Ebury Press
  • : Virgin Books
  • : June 2011
  • : June 2011
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Ed Stafford
  • : Trade paperback
  • : 12-Nov
  • : 981.1
  • : 352 p.