Ed Stafford

Explorer, TV Presenter, Writer, Speaker

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Ed Stafford walked into the history books when he became the first man to walk the length of the Amazon River. His epic adventure took two and a half years and everyone thought it was impossible.

Ed Stafford is passionate about encouraging others. He is honest and real about the challenges he faced in the Amazon: alligators, snakes, severe floods, electric eels, jaguars and the hostility of local tribes confronted with a tall foreign man in their midst.

Ed’s story has powerful lessons about seemingly impossible challenges, resilience, risk, working with others, respect for other cultures and the natural environment and, of course, motivation and staying positive when things are relentlessly tough.

Ed’s style of delivery ensures that messages about success in the face of adversity, the determination to achieve targets and riding out tough times are delivered in a very entertaining way with a large dollop of self-deprecating humour.

“One of the boldest jungle journeys ever undertaken.” –  Bear Grylls
“Totally, completely and utterly mad.” – Michael Palin

Ed Stafford attended the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst and left the military in 2002 as a captain. Ed used his leadership and outdoor skills as an expedition leader on community and conservation expeditions in the jungles of Belize, Guatemala and Borneo. After serving in Afghanistan as a UN contractor, Ed became Director of an expedition company in Patagonia
Argentina carrying out scientific research projects and Northern Ice Cap traverses in Chile.

Prior to his world-first trek along the length of the Amazon, Ed worked for the BBC’s Natural History Unit setting up a film-production base camp in the heart of the Guyanese rainforest and managing the camp’s logistics once the film crew for ‘Lost Land of the Jaguar’ arrived on location.

After his epic world-first trek from the source of the Amazon to the Atlantic ocean (completed in August 2010), Ed has continued to push his limits and take on new challenges filming himself surviving in and exploring tough environments for ‘Naked and Marooned’, ‘Into the Unknown’, and two subsequent series of ‘Marooned’ – all highly successful series with the
Discovery Channel. A new series ‘Left for Dead’ premiered on Discovery UK in the Autumn of 2017. Ed has written two books: ‘Walking the Amazon’ and ‘Naked and Marooned’.

A popular speaker at awards, after dinners and conferences, Ed draws on his adventures with humour and insight to inspire others to stretch their horizons and believe that they can do so much more.