Naomi Campbell's testimony at the Hague's trial of Charles Taylor over her possible receipt of blood diamonds may not be very uplifting, but while she may be adding to the news media's summer season of misery (floods in Pakistan, fires in Moscow) there is one story of heroic adventure that brings a sense of awe and fascination. That is former army captain Ed Stafford's epic Amazon trek, a two and half year, 4,000 mile hike along the whole of the Amazon, encountering hostile people and lethal insect and wildlife. And a few rather difficult tracks. I've just come back from a bit of mountain walking in Slovenia that included the odd hail storm or two, but really, I might as well have just strolled through the local park!
If you want to follow the full story of Stafford's extraordinary adventure then his blog is here.