Naked and Marooned: One Man. One Island.

By Ed Stafford

What do you do when you stroll the Amazon?
 
Ed Stafford—adventurer extraordinaire and Guinness global checklist holder for strolling the size of the Amazon River—likes a problem. Casting approximately for an experience that will most sensible the intense feat he recounts in Walking the Amazon, Stafford comes to a decision to maroon himself on an uninhabited island within the South Pacific. His venture: to outlive for sixty days outfitted with nothing—no meals, water, or perhaps clothing—except the video cameras he may use to rfile his time. Detailing Stafford’s jaw-dropping sojourn at the island of Olourua, Naked and Marooned is a story of unprecedented experience and of 1 man’s will to push himself to the outer limits—and live to tell the tale.

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It was once the 1st time I’d been in a position to get a good view of the reef that turned around the island and the secure lagoon inside. From this new viewpoint i may see that, at its closest, without delay in entrance of me, the reef’s restrict was once possibly 900 metres from the seashore yet as you the fringe fence both method it improved and penned in an enormous expanse of turquoise shallows. The function I stood on used to be approximately thirty metres excessive and dropped vertically from its tip to the ocean. As I appeared out in the direction of the ocean I had my seashore, Alpha seashore, to my correct and what I now determined to name Bravo seashore, the cuter sister seashore, on my left. It used to be totally attractive – large expanses of golden sand and palm timber – and that i was once reminded how fortunate i used to be to be spending time in such an untouched position. again in camp i discovered one other huge washed-up flip-flop that equipped. I enjoyed the truth that, like me, Fijians had vast toes. It was once a fresh switch after months of jogging within the Amazon in South American wellington boots that have been one measurement too small and overwhelmed all my feet. With the repaired one who I’d already been utilizing i'd have a wearable pair of boots – anything that was once changing into more and more precious as my ft have been changing into soft and uncooked. I used hibiscus however the rubber used to be so perished that it crumbled on the pressure now utilized to it, rendering it lifeless. I drew a map of the island within the sand at the seashore in entrance of my cave. From the place the sunlight had set the former evening I knew that due west used to be directly forward from the place i used to be sitting, via a rock buried within the seashore and past. I additionally made up our minds that it has to be approximately noon and, as i used to be within the southern hemisphere, my shadow can be solid due south. even though it may not be precisely noon i'll now draw the 4 compass issues kind of adequately within the sand. From this I extrapolated that my seashore ran north−south and that i additionally knew i used to be virtually at the northern tip of the island so needs to be among the 10 or 11 o’clock issues of the island if it have been a clock face. I drew at the landmarks that I knew: the rocky headland, some of the shores, my cave, Snail Rock, Lemon Camp, the Highlands and the remote Tree. the inner of the south of the island was once nonetheless really clean yet i may enhance at the aspect because the days glided by. It used to be very important for me to log in my mind the element (direction of slope) of every part of the island in order that i'll navigate more uncomplicated via the sunlight. again in Lemon Camp for the pick-up i discovered a supermodel on a tree. A twiglet is obviously an animal and so, with just a moment’s hesitation, I ate it. It tasted bitter. I then washed it down with an unripe fruit that was once inedible in its present nation of ripeness and tasted like a mixture of washing-up liquid and battery acid. I stayed in Lemon Camp for the bottom tide simply because i wished to ascertain for replacement water resources at the seashore. My idea used to be that there should be clean water on the base of the rocky a part of the seashore operating instantly into the ocean that might be uncovered at low tide.

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