Here’s a real ‘bushtucker trial’ – as Ed Stafford enters his 612th day walking the Amazon

From the Daily Mail, 5 December 2009 (story by Mark Barrowcliffe who spent three days walking with Ed Stafford earlier this year).

Here’s a jungle trial the pampered celebs on I’m A Celebrity . . . Get Me Out Of Here might want to try. Leave Ant and Dec behind and go to one of the most remote locations on earth, somewhere it would take a rescue team a good week to reach you – should you be able to contact them.

Then smash your satnav and throw away all your food apart from 2lb of salt. Now walk for two months, surviving on no more than your wits and what you can forage from the dried-out land and parched riverbeds. No takers? Thought not.

While the Z-listers of I’m A Celeb have been whining away in their cosy jungle camp, protected from the sun and rain by canopies the cameras do not show – with a medic nearby should one of the poor darlings break a fingernail – one man has been doing it for real.

He hasn’t been in a national park like the celebs, but in the Amazon – the land of the pit viper and the jaguar, the narco-terrorist and the piranha. There, the bush tucker is you.

Former British Army captain Ed Stafford, 33, is well on the way to becoming the first man in history to walk from the source of the Amazon in the mountains of Peru to its mouth in Brazil. And he’s not doing it in the hope of achieving notoriety, nor is he being paid handsomely for his efforts. No, he’s doing it out of a sense of adventure – for the sheer derring-do.

He is 612 days in – and looking to finish next August. If he achieves his aim, it will be a stupendous achievement, right up there with Hillary’s ascent of Everest and the conquerors of the poles.

To read the full Daily Mail story, click here.


Ed and his Peruvian guide Cho are walking the Amazon in aid of five charities, including The ME Association’s Tissue Bank Appeal.

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