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Video: British man first person to walk the entire length of the Amazon

Posted Aug 20 2010 9:11am

Ed-stafford-pic-pa-208811586 859 days...that how long it took Ed Stafford to become the first man to walk the entire length of the Amazon River.

Most likely Stafford also set the record for the most mosquito bites ever...but that's much harder to quantify.

At this point you must be wondering what would posses a person to such great feats of endurance as walking the Amazon River?

According to ABC News :

"The crux of it is, if this wasn't a selfish, boy's-own adventure, I don't think it would have worked," the 34-year-old former British army captain told the Associated Press. "I am simply doing it because no one has done it before." 

The trek cost about $100,000 and was mainly paid for by donations.

Stafford and a buddy came up with the idea over a beer back in England, but about three months into the epic walk his buddy bailed out of the expedition.

Instead he met up with Gadiel "Cho" Sanchez Rivera, a 31-year-old Peruvian forestry worker, who finished the trek with him at the mouth of the Amazon

This expedition has been our lives. For 2½ years we've done nothing but walk and walk and walk. To wake up the morning after and know that we've done it will be a big change," said Stafford. "I think we'll get used to it though."

Check out the video below to see how truly epic and hard this journey must have been for Stafford.

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