Ed Stafford Speaker

Ed Stafford

First man to walk the entire length of the river Amazon

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’.

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Ed Stafford's 2022 biography

Ed Stafford’s Background

Ed Stafford is passionate about encouraging others. He is honest and real about the challenges he faced in the Amazon: alligators, 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 seemingly impossible challenges, resilience, risk, working with others, respect for other cultures and the natural environment and, of course, motivation and staying positive when things are relentlessly tough. Ed’s style of delivery ensures that 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 from the heart of the jungle and engaged followers through social media during his long expedition. On his return, Ed’s footage was made into a Discovery Channel documentary and was sold to over 100 countries. His book, Walking the Amazon has been translated into several languages and remains popular worldwide. Ed wrote on completing this journey: ‘It was over. Nine million-odd steps; over 200,000 mosquito and ant bites; over 8,000km walked over 860 days, 733 of them with Cho [Gadiel ‘Cho’ Sanchez Rivera], about 600 wasp stings; a dozen or so scorpion stings; 10 HD video cameras; six pairs of boots; three GPSs and one Guinness World Record.’

News that Ed had succeeded against all odds caught the imagination of the world’s press immediately: his story featured in over 900 articles and on news channels worldwide.  Among many accolades Ed was named ‘Britain’s most intrepid hero since Scott of the Antarctic’ (Daily Mail) and ‘A true hero’ (The Times).  Ed Stafford was awarded European Adventurer of the Year 2011. The Guinness World Records formally recognized Ed Stafford’s achievement and Ed also received an award for outstanding bravery from Sir Ranulph Fiennes and the Transglobe Expedition Trust.

Following his epic walk of the Amazon, new challenges and opportunities were to follow. Ed filmed himself surviving on an uninhabited island for 60 days – a tough project testing Ed in many and often unexpected ways.  The resulting series Naked and Marooned with Ed Stafford was shown globally on Discovery Channel during 2013 and Ed’s book about his experiences was published the following year.

Ed’s subsequent survival series Marooned with Ed Stafford was shown worldwide on Discovery in 2014/5 with a second series enthusiastically greeted by Ed’s growing base of international fans in 2016.  During each episode, Ed is left alone in remote, harsh and difficult extreme environments for ten days learning to survive (and attempting to thrive).  Ed films each survival adventure himself.  In 2015, the Discovery Channel series Into The Unknown charted Ed’s experiences as he explored remote locations around the world seeking unexplained markings that have been revealed on the landscape through satellite images.  In 2016, Ed used his jungle expertise to help climbing legend Joe Simpson follow his father’s footsteps during WWII in a two-part TV series on Burma’s Secret Jungle War on the BBC.

Ed’s next series for Discovery Left for Dead (2017) saw him escape some of the planet’s most extreme environments: subtropical forests, frozen tundra and desolate mountains. Dropped with no survival kit, Ed must rely on his survival instincts to make his way out of the wilderness in 10 days.

Ed continues to work on exciting and challenging projects.   In First Man Out, Ed challenges the ultra-fit elite from across the world to survive in remote locations and race to an agreed exit point across tough terrains.  First Man Out was a huge success for Discovery and a second series will be shown in 2020.

Ed was delighted to be chosen to work on 60 Days on the Streets a three-part documentary for Channel 4 shown in 2019.  Ed’s vivid account of sleeping rough (and filming the experience) on Britain’s streets in Manchester, London and Glasgow humanized the homeless and helped tell something of their stories.

A popular speaker at awards, after dinners and conferences, Ed draws on his adventures with humour and insight to inspire others to stretch their horizons and believe that they can do so much more.  

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