This may be old news by now to some of you. But I ran across this story and was pretty amazed by it.
Ed Stafford, a citizen of the UK, just completed a 4,000-mile hike along the route of the Amazon River. This feat took him about two years to complete.
Starting in April of 2008, Stafford finished his trek just last week. He is the only person in the world to have trekked the river’s length from its source to the sea.
Here’s a link about Stafford from CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/americas/08/09/brazil.amazon.hiker/index.html
And here’s a link to his website: http://www.walkingtheamazon.com/
This is a pretty amazing achievement in many ways. The trek started in the Andes (some rough climbing through that) and included a lot of off-trail hiking through rocky areas, dense underbrush and swamps. There’s no telling how many diseases he had to fight off, not to mention the elements.
Stafford’s goal was to raise awareness about rainforest destruction.
Some people have said there aren’t any great adventures left, and that the age of exploration is pretty much over. It looks like Mr. Stafford has shown once again that there’s always something new to see and do out in the wild.