Wanted: partner for 4,000-mile Amazonian hike

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From AlumNews, August 2008  

Partner required for record-breaking walk in the Amazon rainforest. GSOH essential, no fear of snakes or gun-toting guerrillas. Contact Ed Stafford: 11°9′39″S 74°14′48″W.

On 4 April 2008, Ed Stafford (BSc Geography 1997) embarked on the adventure of a lifetime. His mission: to become the first man ever to walk from the source of the Amazon River in Peru, to its mouth in Brazil – a journey of over 4,000 miles.

Ed began the expedition with his friend, Luke Collyer, but Luke had to return home 90 days into the 18-month expedition.

For the last month, Ed has carried on alone. He is now looking for a partner to join him for the rest of the journey.

‘Ed needs someone with determination, positivity and a good sense of humour,’ says Ba, Ed’s mum. ‘Someone who can speak Portuguese would be ideal, and they would need to be able to carry a 30kg rucksack everyday for up to 10 hours.’

The lucky candidate will be faced with plenty of dangers too. Snake bites, Caiman (Amazonian crocodiles), raging torrents and malnutrition will be amongst the least of your worries.

A map of Ed's journey, courtesy of walkingtheamazon.com

For those of you interested in putting yourselves forward, you can contact Ed’s support team through info@walkingtheamazon.com

And for those who would prefer to follow Ed from the comfort of your computer, he is blogging regularly at his website, which contains videos, pictures and fascinating commentary.

For more information on Ed and his journey, visit: http://www.walkingtheamazon.com

published on: 13th August 2008

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