Ed Stafford

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Ed Stafford

Stafford photographed by Keith Ducatel, December 2008 in the Peruvian Amazon
Born(1975-12-26) 26 December 1975 (age 36)
Peterborough, England, United Kingdom
OccupationExplorer
 
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Ed Stafford

Stafford photographed by Keith Ducatel, December 2008 in the Peruvian Amazon
Born(1975-12-26) 26 December 1975 (age 36)
Peterborough, England, United Kingdom
OccupationExplorer

Ed Stafford (born 26 December 1975) is an English explorer and former British Army captain. He was also an expedition leader for extreme conservation company Trekforce.

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Biography

Stafford was born in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England and raised in Leicestershire.

On 9 August 2010, he became the first person to walk the entire length of the Amazon River,[1] documented in the 2011 TV series Walking the Amazon. Stafford's expedition began with a friend, Luke Collyer, on 2 April 2008, on the southern coast of Peru. Collyer left after 3 months, and Stafford completed the journey with Gadiel "Cho" Sanchez Rivera. He undertook the attempt for several charities.[2][3]

In May 2009 Stafford appeared on the cover of the Royal Geographical Society's Geographical magazine.[4]

Amazon route

In April 2010 Stafford passed the 2-year barrier, having been walking since 2 April 2008.[5] In May that year Stafford was made Diane Sawyer's ABC News "Person of the Week".[6]

Stafford's accomplishment of walking the length of the Amazon river has been described by Sir Ranulph Fiennes as being "truly extraordinary...in the top league of expeditions past and present".[7]

In February 2011 Stafford was a nominee for the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year 2010 and then in March the same year he was awarded European Adventurer of the Year 2011[8] in a ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden.

In 2011 Guinness World Records formally recognised Stafford's achievement[9] and he appears in the 2012 Guinness Book of Records.

Prince's Rainforests Project

In August 2009 Stafford started writing a fortnightly blog for the Prince's Rainforests Project.[10] Unlike his own website this blog was aimed specifically at children and schools.

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