Ascent of the Amazon: Did Trusty Guides Abandon Casey?

Pete Casey is traveling up the length of the Amazon River using only human power. He started out from the Amazon’s runout in the Atlantic Ocean and plans to travel to the Pacific.

As sheets of rain pour down on Casey, he worries about the ever-imminent rainy season. In approximately 4 weeks the rainy season begins, making jungle and river trekking incredibly difficult, if not impossible.

Sunrise over the mist of the Amazon River, here referred to as the Solimoes.

In our last update, Casey’s trusty guides, Crispin and Jonny had helped Casey complete a part of the trek, but they were forced to return home to their families. Crispin was worried about his family having enough food and there were several festivities occurring around September 7th – one that was celebrated by the Ticuna indigenous population, and the other was the annual celebration of Brazil’s independence. They promised to return to help Casey finish his journey to the Brazil/Peru border. It’s just a final remaining stretch that even we as readers have been anticipating for months. It would be a shame if time ran out before the rainy season to walk the stretch.

Stew of a fish called arowana and side dishes of farina – the has been the staple of the indigenous and river communities for 1000’s of years.

Casey indicated he would be waiting in the community of Feijoal, so that’s presumably where he is. He says he has been greeting boats every day for 15 days to look for the guides. We had thought that Casey might have already made it to Peru but that turns out not to be the case. Will the guides, Crispin and Jonny, hold true to their promise? Will they ever return?

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Clive Maguire
Clive Maguire
3 years ago

You may have seen from his tweet that Pete has received guide support from FUNAI, the Brazilian agency that looks after indigenous Indians. This is a great step, and it is very rare for FUNAI to get involved. I think it is a measure of the trust they have in Pete, the significant length of time he has spent with the Ticuna, and the help he has freely given along the way. The border is in sight.

The Best Quest
3 years ago

Amazing, Clive. Pete’s definitely a special guy and unparalleled adventurer. Equally incredible he’s established such rapport with the Ticuna indigenous.