Perhaps the biggest adventure story of the year is Ed Stafford completing his expedition to walk the Amazon River from source to sea. We followed along on his adventure for months and I posted regular updates of his progress, but upon the completion of the journey, which took 860 days to complete and covered thousands of miles through some of the toughest environments on the planet.
Over the weekend, ExWeb posted an interview with Ed that serves as a great way to catch up with the explorer and find out what his life has been like since his return. It seems that he has been a busy man back home in the UK, where he has made regular television appearances, hit the lecture circuit, and found some time to hang out with his old friends.
In the interview, Ed talks about the challenges of returning to “normal” life, his most difficult times in the Amazon, how he has changed as a person, and a whole lot more. He also discusses his companion Gadiel Snachez Rivera, better known as Cho, who walked much of the way, helping Ed get through a dangerous zone on the river, and then electing to stay until the end.
For me, Ed is hands down my pick for Adventurer of the Year, and I admire what he has been able to accomplish. His Amazon walk is amongst the most impressive expeditions of all time, and it is great to hear that he is safe at home, working on a book, and plotting his next adventures. I can’t wait to find out what he hopes to do next.
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