By Ed Stafford
What do you do once you stroll the Amazon?
Ed Stafford—adventurer extraordinaire and Guinness international checklist holder for strolling the size of the Amazon River—likes a problem. Casting approximately for an event that will most sensible the extreme feat he recounts in Walking the Amazon, Stafford makes a decision to maroon himself on an uninhabited island within the South Pacific. His challenge: to outlive for sixty days built with nothing—no nutrients, water, or perhaps clothing—except the video cameras he may use to record his time. Detailing Stafford’s jaw-dropping sojourn at the island of Olourua, Naked and Marooned is a story of remarkable event and of 1 man’s will to push himself to the outer limits—and live on.
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