In April 2008, Ed Stafford set off on a 4,000 mile walk, lasting almost 2 and a half years, with two Cobham SATCOM EXPLORER 500 terminals.
Ed also used the expedition as an educational tool to raise awareness of climate change by collecting and broadcasting the different experiences of the Amazonian people that live and work in the Andean mountains and the Amazon rainforest. He did this by using the EXPLORER 500 BGAN terminals provided and sent back regular video blogs and interviews to their website www.walkingtheamazon.com.
The BGAN terminals were also used to stream live video interviews with CNN. The Amazon River is the worlds longest and widest river, accounting for one-fifth of the world fresh water supply. On his journey, Ed encountered 11,000 different plant types, 2,000 species of fish and 100 different tribes as well as alligators, jaguars and pit vipers. Ed is both a naturalist as well as an expedition leader. He started running expeditions after retiring from the British Army, to locations including Patagonia, Borneo and Belize. Ed has also worked alongside the United Nations in Afghanistan advising on security, planning and logistics. Ed Stafford completed the 4,000 mile journey on the 9th August 2010, and is the first person to walk the entire length of the Amazon River.
Walking the Amazon supported the following charities during the expedition:
- The ABC Trust Project
- Peru Cancer Research UK
- The ME Association
- Rainforest Concern
- The Outward Bound Trust
AST has since worked with Ed on other projects, including his film work for the Discovery Channel: Marooned with Ed Stafford (2013), Naked and Marooned with Ed Stafford (2013) and Into the Unknown (2014/15).