26 December 1975 |
Peterborough, England, United Kingdom
Ed Stafford (born 26 December 1975) is an English explorer and former British Army captain. He holds the Guinness World Record for being the first human ever to walk the length of the Amazon River.
Stafford was born in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England and raised in Leicestershire. Ed was a cub and a scout in Leicestershire as a boy and considers it a key component in his upbringing that led him to a life as an expedition leader.
On 9 August 2010, he became the first person to walk the entire length of the Amazon River, documented in the 2011 TV series Walking the Amazon on Channel 5. Stafford's expedition began with a friend, Luke Collyer, on 2 April 2008, on the southern coast of Peru. Collyer left after three months, and Stafford completed the journey with Gadiel "Cho" Sanchez Rivera. He undertook the attempt for several charities.
Also in 2011, Stafford was awarded the Mungo Park Medal by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society in recognition of outstanding contributions to geographical knowledge through exploration. He was not presented the award until 2014 at an event in Perth Scotland.
Commissioned by Discovery Communications, in August 2012 Stafford filmed a three-part survival experiment for Discovery Channel where he was dropped on the uninhabited tropical island of Olorua ( ) in the Pacific for 60 days with no food or equipment to help him survive. "Ed Stafford: Naked and Marooned"  was aired on Discovery Channel in the UK in March 2013 and "Naked Castaway" (US version) aired in the USA in April of the same year. Stafford's book of the 60 days in isolation was released in the UK (Virgin Books) in June 2014 and is due to be released in the USA (Penguin Books) in September 2014.[needs update]
Prince's Rainforests Project
- Ed Stafford: Guinness World Record for being the 1st man to walk the Amazon.
- Ed Stafford, British Man, Becomes First To Walk Along Entire Amazon River
- The ME Association is one of Stafford's charities
- "Water Way To Go" in The Young Times .
- "Up the River – but with a paddle" in Geographical Magazine .
- Barrowcliffe, Mark (5 December 2009). "The REAL king of the jungle". Mail Online. Retrieved 9 August 2010.
- Diane Sawyer´s ABC News "Person of the Week".
- Jackson, Peter (9 August 2010). "Amazon adventure: Ed Stafford's trek from source to sea". BBC News. Retrieved 9 August 2010.
- European Adventurer of the Year 2011.
- Guinness World Record holder
- Daily Mail article 14 March 2013
- IMBD entry
- Ed´s Adventure Blog for Kids