Ed Stafford became the first man to walk the length of the Amazon river in South America from the source to the sea. He walked for:
He started on 2nd April 2008 and finished in August 2010. No-one had ever done what he attempted.
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And this is what it looked like on the day…
Ed would like to thank the following companies and individuals for their kind support and continuing energy towards the expedition.
Ed’s main sponsors are JBS Associates. Search and Selection for International Markets. A huge thanks to Jonathan, Rob and all the team. Financial times are VERY hard and we all wish you the very best.
Thanks to Scott Cecil of Save Your World for his support to the Walking the Amazon expedition. Specifically thanks for facilitating the communications to allow the on-line blog to function.
George Meek of Unicorn Media for kindly helping with the funding for the extra bandwidth needed to upload video blogs in real time from the Amazon.
AST – Official satellite communications supplier to Walking the Amazon. AST have given us 2 Thrane and Thrane Explorer 500 units that use the Inmarsat network. Internet and dog and bone in one handy unit. Incredible technical support too.
Many thanks to the energy brokers, especially Clare and Simon for sponsoring the blogs and helping out at a time when funding was getting critical. You are both very very kind.
Many thanks to the Transglobe Expedition Trust (supporters of “Mad but Marvelous” expeditions) who have helped by donating on three separate occasions. Thanks to all the trustees including Anton Bowring and Sir Ranulph Fiennes.
Many thanks to the Sculpt the Future Foundation (supporting creative, innovative and sustainable projects) who have given us a grant to help with expedition expenses. Thanks to all the trustees for their support.
Macpac, offical rucsack, sleeping bag and tent suppliers to Walking the Amazon. These Kiwi packs are as tough as a butchers dog from the South Island. Thanks Daan.
Red Flag. From as early as the 15th century the red flag was known as the “flag of defiance“. It was raised in cities and castles under siege to indicate that there would be “no surrender“. At Red Flag Recruitment we employ the same approach when working on behalf of our clients and candidates, like Ed Stafford, we never quit.
Thanks to Bill Drummond for his vision and his support.
Altberg – Official boot supplier to Walking the Amazon. Custom hand made jungle boots – the best money can buy…
Thanks to Carole, David, Karina, Marlene and all the staff and kids at Project Peru.
Rite in the Rain, offical waterproof notepad suppliers to Walking the Amazon.
Rory and Andy at Embado for ongoing support and help. Cheers guys.
Alpacka Rafts, offical pack-raft suppliers to Walking the Amazon
Bruce Chapman, for flooded rainforest data created as a joint project between the U.S.A. NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Japan NASDA Earth Observation Research Center
Ex Med, for their medical advice, training, and support to the expedition. Cheers Ged and Dai.
Hennessy, Offical hammmock suppliers to Walking the Amazon. Thanks Tom and Ann.
Ralph Martindale; Official Machete Sponsor to Walking the Amazon. Thanks Richard
Sam Crossley of Nightstar UK; Offical torch suppliers to Walking the Amazon.
The beach Sponsorship Flag is now the main focus of Ed’s sponsorship drive. Everyone who has sponsored the expedition – however big or small is listed in the scrolling box on the Flag page. Thanks hugely for your support.
The categories below are legacies of the old sponsorship drive. Gold and Silver sponsors are now just listed on the flag page and have a square allocated to them. Old Bronze sponsors are listed below:
* Mike & Joan Bosworth
* Marla Silverman & P.A.N.D.O.R.A. The donation is from the Zuleide Rodrigues Coutinho PANDORA Green-MCS Fund, a fund established by the founder of P.A.N.D.O.R.A., to honor her beloved mother Zuleide “Zuzu” Coutinho, who passed away February 20, 2009. Her mother’s love for her native city of Belem and for the state of Para, was an inspiration for this fund and will create awareness for the plight of the Amazonia Region and the depletion of natural resources in Brazil.
* Jonathan Kemp – who did a sponsored bike ride
* James Morris
Grateful thanks also go to those who have given in recent months, in alphabetical order and from £5 to £425 including Lynn Adlington, Ralph Alcocer Douglas Alexander, Magnus Anderson, Velma Anderson, Sheila Astbury, Richard Atkins, Steve Backshall, Jon Bailey, Mark Barrowcliffe, Caroline Baugh, Raymond Belair, Mike & Sue Berry, Rachael Bibby, Elizabeth Bilton, T C Binstead, Dan & Rebecca Birch, Sharon & Simon Bird and Pete Caseyâ€™s other friends and family, Andy Blake, Lisa Boggs, Richard Booth, Jean Philippe Boudreault, Peter Bowker, Carl & Sally Bradshaw, Mitchell Brass, John & Lesley Bray, Euan Brodie, Giles Brookes, Gill Brown, Steve Buckshall, Crispin Busk, Katie Carter, Tim Chalmers, Charlie & Lesley Chivers, Robin Cleaver, Adrain Cole, Richard Comber, Phyllis Constant, Mike Corwin, Alison Cox, Laura Cox, Sven Crongeyer, McDowell Crook, Ralf Darius, Sylvia Davis, Rob & Pauline Dawes, Susannah Day, Andrew Diamond, Richard Dodwell, Shawn Douglas, Mike Doyle, Leigh Driver, Ann & David Eardley-Wilmot, Gina Ebole, Joanne Edward, Jonathan Ellison, Lesley Farmer, Anthony Fernandisse, C Farrow-Ryue, A J Firth, Mark Furber, Roger Forrow, Gabe, Kieran Gaffney, Di Gaetano, Gerard Ginty, Kris Girrell, Dan Glasuer, Ann & John Golding, Charli Golding & Tim Williams, Mandy Green, Liz Greenham, Ted Gurbac, Sylvia Halkerston, Tina Hamilton-James, Philip Hammond, Robert Hall, Roger Harris, Karla Hart, Steve Heald, Tomothy Heck, Lisa Mae Hill, Lakota Hillis, Chris & Vonnie Hilton, Ross Hippeley, James Scott Hosking, Cindy Holdorff, Jon Huston, Megan Irving, Chrissie Jackson, Tan Jingyi, Michael Jackson, David Janke, Kenneth Joyner,Andrew Kelly, Frank Kelly, Jonathan Kemp, Sarah Kemp, Steven & Jos Kemp, Fiona Kennedy, Joseph Keogh, J S Kent, Martin Kratz, George Lamb, Kellyann Lamb, Sue Lardner, John Leen, Matthew Lehmann, Dan Leinenger, Lena from Palo Alto, Devora Leogrande, Sergio Leunissen, Craig Lundeen, Guy & Vicki Macken, Nadine Manning, Mrs S.M. Martin, Mautner-Markhof, Carrie Mayor, Cameron McFee, M McKenzie, Claire McFee, David & Liz Mitchell, Jodie Mitchell, Mary Mitchell, Charles Montier, Leah Morris, Edward Morrison, James Moy, Nasreema Andy & Robert, Huy Nguyen, Mark Noltner and the class os 2-4, Vern Nicholson, Shah Nishit, 4th Grade, Dryden Elementary, Arlington Heights, Kevin Oâ€™Brien, Matt Ostiguy, Jon Orantes, OrgoneCrystals.com, Javier Ortez, Robert Ousey, Rita Partlow, John Phillips, Susan Phillips, Michael Pike, Anthony Polley, Richard & Penny Pursey, Mrs C. Quinn, Amy Rawson, Paul Randle, Robert Rees, Stephen Ridgway, Tim Rees, ReGet Software, Michael Richman, Tony Ritchie, Tom Rogers, Roy Rollo, Michael Rowton, Mitchell Rowton, Phillipa Rudge, Richard & Susie Russell, Tim Russell, Michael Salguero for Karlene & Shawn, Jerome Scanlon, Bryan Schneider, Oliver Seeler, Vijay Shah, S Shanagher, Lisa Shaw, John & Paula Simin, Caroline Sims, Cyril Sirk, Sky 2 Sea International, Cynthia Smith, J Snow, A. Southgate, Georgina Steytler, Spratton School, St Markâ€™s Catholic Primary School Year 2, Dave Stevens, Edmund Stewart, Stoneygate Rugby Club, Szesciorka, Tony Talbot, Denise Thorpe, William Throndset, Andrea Thrussell, Tilton-on-the-Hill Produce Show, Emma Summers, Jamie Tinker, Ingrid Toppe, Carolina Torres, Richard Tyler, Dirk Van de Werff, Wild Lodge School, Guy & Sue Wakeham, Mike & Sally Wakeham, Harry Wass, Moya Webb, Guy Weller-Pooley, Chloe Wells, Wild Lodge School, Pat Warren, Patricia Williams, S Willingale, Carol & Meg Willis, Ron Wedel, Wendy Wilson, Winsp & Mack, Sue Wojcik, Sean Woodward, Kandy Wong, Time Wright, E Zindy. Any missed off – apologies – this means that Ba Stafford has not been notified.