The Outside Blog has an interview with Ed Stafford today. He’s the man who recently finished walking the length of the Amazon, an epic journey that took 859 days to complete, covering more than 4000 miles in the process. Ed’s back home in the U.K. now, and taking some much needed rest before his next adventure. He’s also working on a book about the Amazon walk that should make for very interesting reading.
In this interview, Stafford talks about how he came up with the idea for the journey (He Googled it!), his inspirations for becoming an explorer, and his toughest moment in the jungle. He also touches on his more exciting moments, what he missed from home while on the trek, and his favorite piece of gear on the expedition, amongst other things.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’ve got a gigantic amount of respect for Ed, and his companion Cho Sanchez who accompanied him most of the way. Traveling the length of the Amazon on foot was one of the last great feats to be accomplished, and it is an amazing testament of his stamina and determination that he was able to finish the walk from source to sea. It’s also good to hear that he’s planning another adventure, but we’ll have to wait a year to find out what he’s got planned. I guess he’ll stay home just long enough to finish that book, and then hit the road again. I can’t wait!