Ed Stafford walked into the history books when he became the first man to walk the length of the Amazon River. His epic adventure took two and a half years and his success made headline news, featuring in over 900 articles and on news channels worldwide. His achievement is, as explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes put it: 'Truly extraordinary'.
Ed Stafford is passionate about encouraging others. He is honest and real about the challenges he faced: snakes, severe floods, electric eels, jaguars and the hostility of local tribes confronted with a tall foreign man in their midst. Ed's story has powerful lessons about motivation, resilience, working with others, respect for other culture and staying positive when things are relentlessly tough. Messages about success in the face of adversity, the determination to achieve targets and riding out tough times are delivered in a very entertaining way with a large dollop of self-deprecating humour.
'One of the boldest jungle journeys ever undertaken.' Bear Grylls
'Totally, completely and utterly mad.' Michael Palin
Ed filmed and blogged about his expedition and engaged followers all over the world for two and a half years. His tale of true grit, bravery and determination to succeed against all odds has led to him being described by The Daily Mail as 'Britain's most intrepid hero since Scott of the Antarctic,' and 'A true hero' by The Times.
Ed's footage was made into a Discovery Channel documentary and was sold to over 100 countries. His acclaimed book, Walking the Amazon has been translated into Mandarin, Ukranian, Polish and Spanish as well as being sold to the USA.
Following his epic walk of the Amazon, Ed filmed himself surviving on an uninhabited island for 60 days - a tough project testing Ed in many, often unexpected ways. The resulting series 'Naked and Marooned with Ed Stafford' was shown globally on Discovery Channel during 2013. He continues to work on exciting television projects: Ed's new survival series 'Marooned' with Discovery Channel has been shown worldwide in 2014 and other exciting TV projects are in the pipeline.
Ed Stafford was awarded European Adventurer of the Year 2011. The Guinness World Records formally recognized Ed Stafford's achievement in walking the length of the Amazon: Ed appears in the 2012 Guinness Book of Records.
Ed intends to use his adventures to inspire adults and kids alike to stretch their horizons and believe that they can do so much more.