Walking The Amazon Update: Ed and Cho Get Mainstream Coverage

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It has been far too long since I posted anything on the Walking the Amazon Expedition, in which Ed Stafford and Cho Sanchez are covering the entire length of the Amazon River on foot, a journey of more than 4000 miles, through some of the harshest, most demanding terrain on the planet. Currently, Ed has been out on his little trek for 779 days (Cho joined him a bit later on down the road), and the pair are in North Central Brazil, continuing their slow, but steady, march to the sea, where the Amazon empties into the Atlantic Ocean, the finish line for this epic adventure.

Today, the expedition got a little mainstream attention with a story on ABC’s Good Morning America. Reporter Bill Weir joined Ed for two days of his march through the jungle, and got a small glimpse of what it is like to hike the Amazon. The results are the video report that you can watch below, and the written story posted on the ABC News website, which you can read by clicking here.

As of now, Ed is expecting to complete his journey at the end of August, and he already has a plane ticket booked for home. I can’t even imagine what it is going to be like for him when he is done, but I do know I want to read the inevitable book of his adventures.

Every time I read up on this expedition, I can’t help but be blown away. It is such an incredible undertaking, and a staggering achievement. As someone who has actually been to the Amazon, I can tell you that I can’t even imagine hiking for more than a day or two there. In fact, I did some jungle trekking, and it was swelteringly hot, incredibly humid, and paths were transient at best. The water levels change dramatically with the seasons, and there are plenty of nasty bugs, snakes, and diseases that can make you sick or worse. I have tremendous respect for both Ed and Cho, and I can’t wait to see them finish up.

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7 thoughts on “Walking The Amazon Update: Ed and Cho Get Mainstream Coverage”

  1. Seems very odd, if not pointless, to spend 2 1/2 years of your life bushwacking thru jungle right next to a perfectly navigable river. Sort of like canoeing across Nevada.

  2. Ed is entering the highest league of Explorers/Adventurers.
    The same as Mike Horn or Jon Muir.

    To me in 100 years of Modern exploration, less than 10 people are in it.

  3. Plenty of people have navigated the river. No one has done this. It is quite the expedition, and I agree, one of the major accomplishments for an explorer in a long time.

  4. Buzz, i don't really understand your comment. It's an adventure, exploring and doing something someone hasn't done before; surely it's extremely obvious why he's doing it!

    I think it's amazing that the Peruvian man has stuck with him; what an amazing feat and i look forward to it being finished!

  5. Your running into drug trafficers, smugglers, cookers, the evil does of the times, you must have clot to get away from them alive. Want to share your knowlege of this?

  6. Congratulations Ed.
    You are a great person.Thanks for believing in yourself and in hope. You are heros and what you have done is history.

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