Ed Stafford is the man who walked across the amazon and has experience of surviving adversity in some of the world’s most remote jungle locations. Ed uses his experiences to inspire and motivate audiences to achieve their own personal goals and shows that it's possible to succeed even when faced with seemingly insurmountable hardship.
In 2010 former British Army captain Ed Stafford became the first person to walk the full length of the Amazon River - a Guinness World Record.
859 days. 6,000 miles. 50,000 mosquito bites. British explorer Ed Stafford reached the Atlantic in Brazil – two and a half years after he started his epic adventure in the jungles of Peru.
His journey began in 2008, and living off pirhana and rice, he made his way through Peru, Colombia and Brazil. When his sponsors cited the recession as a reason to pull out, Ed’s GPS system failed, and his medical insurance lapsed, the chances of achieving his goal seemed minimal. But with sheer grit and unparalleled fortitude, Ed persevered and realized his dream.
His daily struggle with insurmountable tasks proved his sheer determination to succeed under such difficult circumstances. He can bring across this mentality in a motivational speech, inspiring others to keep moving forward through tough times.
Honest, pragmatic and laid back, Ed’s motivational business messages are full of value - with leadership, adversity, risk and perseverance as his main themes.
To succeed against all odds, Ed had to overcome daily challenges, including flooding, electric eels, venomous snakes, jaguars and suspicious local tribes. Ed and his travelling partner were even held on suspicion of murder for two days! In an area rife with drug trafficking and terrorism, strangers are treated with wariness and distrust, and fear caused locals to become hostile. To win them over, and to ensure safe passage, a hot, thirsty and exhausted Ed, had to remain focussed and positive. Using only his sense of humour, natural charm and innate survival instincts, he had to learn to communicate and ingratiate himself to cynical tribesmen.
Ed took the British public with him on his adventure, by blogging and filming throughout. His ability to survive the world’s most hostile environmental and human challenges endeared him to the masses, and he spends his time motivating audiences to achieve their dreams.
Leaving full time education to join the army, in Ed received a position on the prestigious commissioning course at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. In 1999 he was commissioned as a British Army Officer, and the following year he gained a Northern Ireland medal. He then spent time as an instructor at RTC Lichfield where he oversaw several hundred Army recruits through their basic training. Ed left the military in 2002 as a captain.
After the September 11th attacks, Ed was offered a position as a UN contractor advising electoral workers on planning, logistics and security matters during the first ever presidential elections in Afghanistan. In a terrifying turn of events, his election counting centre was rocketed by terrorists, and his airport camp was mortared.
Ed has appeared on his own television show on the Discovery Channel. The show sees him set off to Venezuela, Botswana, Romania, Borneo and the Australian Coast. In each place he spends 10 days with no clothes, no food, no water and no one else to talk to but his camera. However, he does make it out alive! He has also filmed jungle expeditions which have been broadcast on the BBC.
Determined, passionate and resolute, Ed’s challenges illustrate his willingness to continually strive forward. Able to share his incredible stories and motivate others to achieve their goals, Ed’s unique library of tales will entertain and endear all kinds of audiences.