Amazon walker: It is finished after more than 2 years though the jungle

Posted: Aug 11, 2010 12:38 pm EDT

The cynics have been silenced - it is possible to walk the Amazon - weve just done it, wrote Ed Stafford in his dispatch yesterday after finishing a 28 month challenge. He and teammate Gadiel "Cho" Sanchez finished at the sea on the east coast of Brazil after starting from the source of the Amazon River.

Close to tears

After they finished Ed wrote, Its over. Cho and I walked from 12 midday Sunday straight through the night and arrived at the Atlantic Ocean at 9am today [9 August] local time. 85 km in 21 hours.

He said it is almost impossible to convey his feelings. Id prepared myself to be disappointed but I was close to tears looking out into the warm crashing waves with Cho at my side.

A day I will never forget for the rest of my life. No-one will ever take that away from us.

The cynics have been silenced - it is possible to walk the Amazon - weve just done it.

Cho went back to Peru and Ed will arrive on Heathrow airport, London on Wednesday afternoon (local time).

Ed Stafford (UK) is attempting to cross the whole of South America from Camana (on the Pacific coast of Peru) to the mouth of the Amazon River (on the Atlantic coast of Brazil) via the course of the longest source of the Amazon River. He started on 2nd April 2008. A transient team of teammates and indigenous guides accompany him.

According to Eds website the following people have done Amazon expeditions:

Since 1970 there have been five expeditions that have successfully navigated the Amazon from source to sea using a combination of rafts, kayaks and boats:

1. The first was British explorer John Ridgways journey in 1970. This expedition used cargo boats and other vessels to complete the latter portion of the river.
2. The first expedition to run the Amazon in kayaks was completed by Piotr Chmielinski (Poland) and Joe Kane (USA) in 1985/6.
3. The first unsupported and solo attempt was successfully navigated on a hydro-speed by South African Mike Horn in 1997/8.
4. In 1999 Scott Angus (Canada), Ben Kozel (Australia) and Scott Borthwick (South Africa) became the first to raft the entire river.
5. In 2007 Slovenian marathon swimmer Martin Strel set a new record swim by being the first person to swim a large proportion of the Amazon.
6. In March 2008 Mark Kalch and Nath Welche trekked and paddled the entire route. They are the fourth team in history to complete the entire journey manpowered. (Martin Strel didnt start at the source)


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Ed Stafford: A day I will never forget for the rest of my life. No-one will ever take that away from us. (click to enlarge)
courtesy Ed Stafford / David Rodriguez
Brit Ed Stafford and Peruvian, Gadiel "Cho" Sanchez, resting in a Brazilian village a few days before their finish (click to enlarge)
courtesy Ed Stafford, SOURCE
Cho and Ed walking out of the jungle (click to enlarge)
courtesy Ed Stafford, SOURCE