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  • Published: 1 August 2012
  • ISBN: 9780753515648
  • Imprint: Virgin Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $22.99

Walking the Amazon

860 Days. The Impossible Task. The Incredible Journey




Walking from the Pacific, over the Andes and along the entire length of the Amazon to the Atlantic is truly extraordinary ... To do all this puts Stafford's endeavour in the top league of expeditions past and present' - Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE

In April 2008, Ed Stafford began his attempt to become the first man ever to walk the entire length of the River Amazon. Nearly two and a half years later, he had crossed the whole of South America to reach the mouth of the colossal river. With danger a constant companion – outwitting alligators, jaguars, pit vipers and electric eels, not to mention overcoming the hurdles of injuries and relentless tropical storms – Ed’s journey demanded extreme physical and mental strength. Often warned by natives that he would die, Ed even found himself pursued by machete-wielding tribesmen and detained for murder. However, Ed’s journey was an adventure with a purpose: to help raise people’s awareness of environmental issues. Ed had unprecedented access to indigenous communities and witnessed the devastating effects of deforestation first-hand. His story of disappearing tribes and loss of habitats concerns us all. Ultimately though, Walking the Amazon is an account of a world-first expedition that takes readers on the most daring journey along the world’s greatest river and through the most bio-diverse habitat on earth.

  • Pub date: 1 August 2012
  • ISBN: 9780753515648
  • Imprint: Virgin Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $22.99

About the Author

Ed Stafford

Ed Stafford holds the Guinness World Record for being the first man to walk the Amazon River. This extraordinary achievement was documented in his first book and accompanying TV show, Walking the Amazon. Ed was also named European Adventurer of the Year 2011. He started running expeditions after retiring from the British Army as a captain in 2002 and has led expeditions all over the world, including community and conservation expeditions in Belize, Guatemala and Borneo; extreme cold weather expeditions in Patagonian Argentina and northern ice cap traverses in Chile. Naked and Marooned is Ed’s second book.

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Praise for Walking the Amazon

“Walking from the Pacific, over the Andes and along the entire length of the Amazon to the Atlantic is truly extraordinary ... To do all this in more than 800 continuous days with just a backpack puts Stafford's endeavour in the top league of expeditions past and present.”

Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE

“Is this Britain's most intrepid explorer since Scott of the Antarctic?”

The Daily Mail

“All generations need heroes; it's lovely to have a real one for a change.”

Antonia Senior, The Times

“Ed Stafford is the real deal.”

The Times


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