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Hike down Amazon more than a walk in the woods

Ed Stafford, author of "Walking the Amazon: 860 Days. The Impossible Task. The Incredible Journey." (Courtesy photo)
Ed Stafford, author of "Walking the Amazon: 860 Days. The Impossible Task. The Incredible Journey." (Courtesy photo)

ADVENTURING -- You think mosquitoes are bad in the the Idaho Selkirks?

How about venomous stingrays, killer bees, rabid vampire bats, electrifying thunderstorms, previously uncontacted tribes and a bazillion welt-inducing insects?

A Discovery News report tipped me off to Ed Stafford, a 35 year old British explorer who devoted more than two years to walking the length of the Amazon River, from source to sea. 

He finished the journey last August and published a book in June. In a video, he recalls the misery as he wrote in his journal along the way.

A trailer of a show that's yet to become available in the United States suggests it’s full of juicy entertainment.

Meanwhile, Stafford’s adventures -- he hasn't retired -- can be followed on his website.



Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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