Ed Stafford - Walking the Amazon

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9th June 2011 - 7.30pm

Venue: Loughborough Town Hall

When British explorer Ed Stafford set out to walk the entire length of the Amazon river in April 2008, everyone said it couldn’t be done.  He was told he would probably die.  He was told that it was too far.  He was told 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 on 9th August 2010 and became the first known person to walk the 4000 miles 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 encountered every conceivable danger along the way.  But the most serious threat to his life 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 860-day journey with images and footage from his expedition.  A fascinating insight into the Amazon rainforest and an extraordinary account of one man’s astonishing expedition of endurance.

An extract from Ed's book is featured in the Daily Mail here

"Truly extraordinary...in the top league of expeditions past and present." Sir Ranulph Fiennes

 

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