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 everyone thought it was impossible. His achievement is, as explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes put it, “Truly extraordinary… in the top league of expeditions past and present.”
Ed attended the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst and left the military in 2002 as a Captain. Ed used his leadership and outdoor skills as an expedition leader on community and conservation expeditions in the jungles of Belize, Guatemala and Borneo. After serving in Afghanistan as a UN contractor, Ed became Director of an expedition company in Patagonia Argentina carrying out scientific research projects and Northern Ice Cap traverses in Chile. Prior to his world-first trek along the length of the Amazon, Ed worked for the BBC’s Natural History Unit setting up a film-production base camp in the heart of the Guyanese rainforest and managing the camp’s logistics once the film crew for ‘Lost Land of the Jaguar’ arrived on location.
After his epic world-first trek from the source of the Amazon to the Atlantic ocean (completed in August 2010), Ed has continued to push his limits and take on new challenges filming himself surviving in and exploring tough environments for ‘Naked and Marooned’, ‘Into the Unknown’ and two subsequent series of ‘Marooned’ – all highly successful series with the Discovery Channel.
'You think you've heard all the motivational speeches there are to hear, then someone like Ed proves you wrong. Hearing his tale of determination put any challenging experiences we'd ever had in the workplace into perspective.'
The Oxford Union
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The Financial Times