Stafford began his journey in April 2008 and if all goes as planned, in August of this year he will be the first person to successfully walk the length of the second largest river on Earth from source to sea. One of Stafford's stated goals of the expedition was, "To create an adventure so exciting that it can be used to make people feel that they have a connection to the Amazon." He has done that as well as raise money for several charities through his website. Followers of his adventure have read of Stafford's encounters with indigenous jungle tribes (some of which have threatened his life), leeches, swarming insects, snakes, and jungle rot. He's traversed through pools of electric eels the size of his thigh, watched his native guide chop an anaconda to feed to his dogs, eaten fried turtle liver and the head of something resembling a raccoon, and done all of this while some days burning upwards of 6,000 calories while eating only 3,000.