St Matthew's C.E Primary School


Ed Stafford was the first person to travel the entire length of the Amazon River-from source to sea- on foot. It took him a mind-boggling 860 consecutive days! He said it was the ‘hardest thing I’ve ever done’. So where did he get the true grit and determination to carry on in the face of adversity? Why did he bother?

He set off on 2nd April 2008 and completed his mission in August 2010. Ed intended to use his adventures to ‘inspire adults and kids alike to get off the settee and go outside. When he announced his plans, many people thought he was mad. Expedition experts said he was taking things too far- that he’d be likely to become ill, or that the dense forest, biting insects, snakes, bogs, jaguars and fearful tribes would be too much. Ed certainly underestimated the scale of the event- he had estimated that it would take him a year to complete but over two years later, he was still walking on.