On 9th August 2010 Ed Stafford became the first man in history to walk the entire length of the Amazon River. He, and his assistant Cho (who had walked with Ed for all but four of the 28 months), ran into the Atlantic Ocean and into the record books.
Ed, 35, from Leicestershire in England, has led remote expeditions all over the world. He started running expeditions after retiring from the British Army as a captain in 2002. Whilst not leading trips Ed worked alongside the United Nations in Afghanistan assisting with the first ever presidential elections advising on security, planning and logistics. Prior to this journey Ed was in production with the BBC on their conservation series ‘Lost Land of the Jaguar‘.
Ed’s passion lies in pushing himself to achieve feats that others may not believe are possible. He is inspired by explorers such as Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Borge Ousland and Mike Horn – all of whom have accomplished outstanding feats of human endeavor. Ed intends to use his expeditions to assist in education projects that will make learning fun.
Ed was recently nominated as one of National Geographic’s Adventurers of the year 2010 and in 2011 he was awarded the title of “European Adventurer of the Year” in Stockholm. His expedition also earned him a Guinness World Record.
“To be asked to be a Patron of Veterans in Action was for me an honour. Any organisation that can help those who have suffered the effects of PTSD and are finding it difficult adjusting to civilian life will always get my full support. I wish everyone who is involved in running the fund raising events and expeditions and those who are behind the scenes the very best of luck. A truly worthy cause.”