Ed has since gone on to inspire people of all ages around the globe through his survive and thrive TV programmes – all filmed in difficult, challenging environments.
Ed Stafford is passionate about encouraging others. He is honest and real about the challenges he faced: snakes, severe floods, electric eels, jaguars and the hostility of local tribes confronted with a tall foreign man in their midst. Ed’s story has powerful lessons about motivation, resilience, working with others, respect for other culture and staying positive when things are relentlessly tough. Messages about success in the face of adversity, the determination to achieve targets and riding out tough times are delivered in a very entertaining way with a large dollop of self-deprecating humour.
Ed’s 860 day expedition engaged followers all over the world, and when Ed lost his sponsor part-way through his expedition, support for the project raised through social media was significant in ensuring success. Ed’s footage became an acclaimed documentary and was sold to over 100 countries and his first book Walking the Amazon was translated into several languages. Ed has since gone on to film a variety of hugely successful TV series for Discovery Channel and Channel 4 (UK).
Ed Stafford was awarded European Adventurer of the Year 2011. The Guinness World Records formally recognised Stafford’s achievement: he appears in the 2012 Guinness Book of Records.
Ed intends to use his adventures to inspire adults and kids alike to get up off the sofa and go outside. He is a proud Scouts Ambassador. He also inspires young people through developing their bushcraft skills.