Walking the Amazon

Posted on February 29, 2008 by

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In April 2008, Ed Stafford and Luke Collyer will attempt to walk over 4,000 miles from the source of the Amazon River in southern Peru to the mouth in Brazil. The expedition will be uninterrupted and it is expected that it will take 16 to 18 months to complete.

The aim is to use the expedition as a educational tool by collecting and broadcasting experiences and opinions from the Amazonian people that live and work in the mountains and the rainforest. This will be achieved using cutting edge technology mobile satellite links and an interactive tracking map on their website.

Ed and Luke will only carry what fits in their rucksacks. Human habitation is scarce in the vast Amazon basin, so they will have to use sustainable survival practices to live off the jungle. If they complete their journey through one of the most amazing and threatened eco-systems left on Earth they will be the first men ever to walk the Amazon.

The expedition also has a secondary aim of attracting enough attention to raise both money and awareness for the charities that it is supporting;

Project Peru
The ME association
The ABC Trust
Cancer Research UK
Rainforest Concern
The Outward Bound Trust