In August, Ed Stafford finished his epic walk down the Amazon from source to sea, the first human (or probably any beast, for that matter) to do so. Journeying through thick jungle and constantly soggy, he encountered all manner of challenges—Amerindians threatening to kill him, a close call at arrow-point with Ashaninka Indians, eating spider monkeys, enduring thousands of black flies.
I spoke with Ed in September to hear his stories and get his take on jungle life. Now, in a two-part special, "Walking the Amazon," airing February 2nd and 9th on the Discovery Channel, you can see him face the jungle for yourself.
"It's all in your head, clearly," Ed told me. "If you can conquer staying upbeat and positive, then you've cracked it."
Watch the trailer above and tune in the first two Wednesdays of February to see how Ed manages to crack it.