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PostSubject: British officer walks length of Amazon River.   Tue Aug 10, 2010 5:49 am

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Six thousand miles, 859 days, 50,000 mosquito bites
and dozens of death threats after he set off, an exhausted British
former army captain stumbled on to a Brazilian beach yesterday to become
the first man to walk the length of the world's largest river.


Ed Stafford, 34, has taken almost two-and-a-half
years to complete one of the world's last great adventures. "It's
unbelievable to be here. It proves you can do anything even if people
say you cannot," he said as he soaked his blistered feet in the waves of
the Atlantic Ocean at Maruda Beach.
In a
journey so epic that the renowned explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes called it
"mad but marvellous", Stafford has cut his way through the "green hell"
of razor-sharp grass and dense bamboo in one of the world's most
inhospitable rainforests, dodging pit vipers, voracious ants, electric
eels, anaconda and jaguars as he followed the Amazon from source to
mouth. He has incurred the wrath of drug gangs, loggers and angry
tribes, been imprisoned and accused of murder twice, chased by Ashaninka
Indians with shotguns, bows and arrows and had concrete stuffed in his
mouth by angry locals who thought he was prospecting for oil."

Read more @ http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/from-source-to-mouth-of-the-amazon-ndash-on-foot-2048116.html

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I know it's wrong, but 'He has incurred the wrath of drug gangs, loggers and angry
tribes, been imprisoned and accused of murder twice, chased by Ashaninka
Indians with shotguns, bows and arrows and had concrete stuffed in his
mouth by angry locals who thought he was prospecting for oil' made me lol slightly.

Also: I always thought the River Nile was the world's largest river...
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