Ed Stafford became the first person to walk the entire length of the Amazon River in August 2010. His adventure has been described as one of the most dangerous and difficult expeditions ever undertaken encountering venomous snakes, severe floods, electric eels, jaguars and hostile local tribes, one of whom held him for questioning about the murder of one of their tribesman. Since returning home to the UK his story has featured in over 300 articles around the globe.
Ed's Amazon accomplishment has been described by Sir Ranulph Fiennes as being "in the top league of expeditions past and present". 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. The Guinness World Records formally recognised Stafford's achievement and he appears in the 2012 Guinness Book of Records.
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