Walking the Amazon
860 Days. The Impossible Task. The Incredible Journey
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In April 2008, Ed Stafford began his attempt to become the first man ever to walk the entire length of the River Amazon. Nearly two and a half years later, he had crossed the whole of South America to reach the mouth of the colossal river.
With danger a constant companion - outwitting alligators, jaguars, pit vipers and electric eels, not to mention overcoming the hurdles of injuries and relentless tropical storms - Ed's journey demanded extreme physical and mental strength. Often warned by natives that he would die, Ed even found himself pursued by machete-wielding tribesmen and detained for murder.
However, Ed's journey was an adventure with a purpose: to help raise people's awareness of environmental issues. Ed had unprecedented access to indigenous communities and witnessed the devastating effects of the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest first-hand. His story of disappearing tribes and loss of habitats concerns us all.
Ultimately though, Walking the Amazon is an account of a world-first expedition that takes readers on the most daring journey along the world's greatest river and through the most bio-diverse habitat on earth.
Exactly what I hoped for
I was hoping to feel like I could take myself on the adventure with the writer from the disparate comfort of my own bed. That is exactly what I got.
As with any invigorating read, I frequently had the overwhelming urge to pause for a while to truly contemplate some of the physical experiences and emotional states that Ed and Cho had experienced. Also, throughout the story, I would flick between google earth and various maps and go on my own journeys of Amazonian discovery.
This book gives you everything that the documentary did not (and a lot that it couldn't have if it tried) and allows you to accompany those who undertook a mind blowing feat. If anything, it could have been longer as two and a half years packed into a few hundred pages cannot possibly do the truly amazing odyssey justice.
Fully recommended to those who enjoy non-fiction adventure and exploring the inner mechanics of accomplishments at the limit of human capability.
Absolutely fantastic, I felt I was there
We'll done ed and cho for an amazing journey and book. You both deserve to go to the history books for that one, I felt like I was with you on that journey.
Excellent book, and a great read, total respect to you.
- Category: Travel Writing
- Published: 09 June 2011
- Publisher: Ebury Publishing
- Print Length: 320 Pages
- Language: English