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Please vote for Ed Stafford as National Geographic's 'Adventurer of the Year'

Friday 10 December 2010

The ME AssociationFrom The ME Association:

Please vote for Ed Stafford as National Geographic’s ‘Adventurer of the Year’

by tonybritton on December 8, 2010

One good turn deserves another!

Ed Stafford raised thousands of pounds for ME research this year when he chose the MEA’s tissue bank appeal as one of his five good causes – while he became the first man ever to walk the entire length of the River Amazon.

Now he’s been nominated for the National Geographic competition to find their ‘Adventurer of the Year’.

Please vote for him. You can do so every day until the competition closes on January 11.

Please bookmark the page or put it in your toolbar for future voting reminders.

If you’ve a couple of quid to spare, please visit Ed’s fundraising page for the MEA tissue bank appeal by clicking here.

From Ed’s ‘nomination paper’ at the National Geographic website:

Photo: Ed Stafford walking in the amazon river
Photograph by Keith Ducatel

The Explorer

By walking the Amazon from source to sea, Ed Stafford completed one of the last epic, undone adventures.

A river greater in length and volume than any in the world, and no one had hiked along its entirety. A jungle the size of a continent, and no one had managed to cross all of it on foot. When Ed Stafford found out (after some Googling) that the Amazon had never been walked he decided he was the one to do it. And he did. Stafford trekked more than 4,000 miles through the Amazon—surviving hostile locals, venomous snakes, and huge distances without food resupplies—for nearly two and a half years (860 days). The latter part of the expedition was with a Peruvian forestry worker, Gadiel “Cho” Sanchez Rivera, who accompanied Stafford from his home town in Peru all the way the Atlantic Ocean, arriving on August 9, 2010. It was the first time Cho had ever seen the ocean. It was the first time anyone had walked the entire length of the Amazon River.

—By Ryan Bradley

The above originally appeared here.



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