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Alex Staniforth

Alex Staniforth

Alex Staniforth is a record-breaking endurance adventurer, motivational speaker, published author, brand ambassador and charity founder from Cheshire, who has never taken the conventional path to the top.

At the age of 25 he has already attempted Mount Everest twice – but Alex is not your typical Everest speaker.

After single-handedly raising over £35,000 in corporate sponsorship whilst still at school, his first attempt to climb to the summit of Mount Everest in 2014 was abandoned following a tragic avalanche that took sixteen lives. Aged just 19, he returned a year later and survived an avalanche in the Khumbu Icefall, triggered by the Nepal earthquake, which trapped his team on the mountain for two days.

Alex is no stranger to adversity, after overcoming epilepsy, bullying, anxiety – and a stammer in early life. Confronting his stammer head-on, Alex shares his adventure anecdotes and insights with business teams, organisations and conferences across the UK and Europe. His unassuming and relatable style inspires audiences to challenge self-limiting beliefs and inspire action. He is especially able to connect with millennials, and understand the challenges they’re facing in the modern workplace.

In 2016 he returned to the Himalayas and reached 7,125 metres on Cho Oyu, the sixth highest peak in the world. In 2017 he became the fastest person ever to climb all 100 UK county tops by bicycle, foot and kayak, covering over 5,000 miles in 72 days. His ultra-endurance challenges have developed unique resilience and mental strategies that audiences can apply to manage their own mountains.

He is now dedicated to helping others achieve their Everest, fundraising over £100,000 for charities, carrying the London 2012 Olympic Torch through Chester and winning a Pride of Britain Regional Fundraiser of the Year award in 2017. He published his first book Icefall in 2016, endorsed by Bear Grylls, and his second title Another Peak was published in July 2019, endorsed by Mark Beaumont.

Alex is a founding director of Mind Over Mountains, a charity to restore mental well-being and resilience through outdoor experiences. In 2020 he ran the National Three Peaks Challenge, climbing and running 452 miles
(17 marathons) between the UK’s three highest peaks in just 9 days 12 hours, and won TGO Magazine Silver ‘Campaigner of the Year’.

Now based on the edge of the Lake District, he serves as an ambassador for The Westgrove Group, YHA England & Wales, Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports and an Ordnance Survey ‘Get Outside’ Champion 2020.

Watch Alex in action here.

Testimonials from Teachers

"As a Building Learning Power school we ensure children are given opportunities to develop the life long learning habits of reciprocity, resourcefulness, reflection &, above all, resilience. Alex was the perfect choice to give a motivational presentation to our children describing his experiences of overcoming adversity and being resilient in his pursuit to climb Everest. His presentation was well planned, interactive, beautifully illustrated and powerful. A true inspiration for young people, Alex became, and continues to be our learning hero."

– Kate Jones, Deputy Head, Eastway Primary School

"From the minute Alex started speaking, our pupils were captivated by his story. Hearing from someone who had faced so many struggles in his life and then seeing what he had achieved was truly inspirational. He was so humble and relatable that the pupils felt they really got to know him and what he was about. It was great to hear about overcoming adversity, setting goals and never giving up, no matter what challenges you are faced with. Feedback from our pupils has been so positive, comments like 'I really need to think about what I want to do with my life' to 'I now know that I can achieve anything I want to if I work hard and focus on my goals' were just some of the things they said. We are looking forward to reading his book once it's published and hope this will be the first of many more visits to St James'."

– Dominique Rarity, Director of Personal Development, St James' Catholic High School (Cheadle)

"It was a well-constructed, interesting presentation which you delivered, without notes, in a very engaging way. Students related well to the challenges you recounted, even those who were less driven by the mountain itself! The setbacks and moments of revelation helped to make the story both interesting and inspiring and, once again, the whole audience was able to take aspects of the experiences and put them into a personal context."

– Andrew White, Head of Sixth Form, Abbotsholme School​

"You brought together a large and varied audience of different roles, ranks and departments, and your presentation gave them the platform to step out of work, devote some time to themselves and their own mental health, offering your perspective and some techniques they can go away and use, and to realise that they are not alone. To link your expedition to COVID was brilliant and allowed us to think about things differently. Sometimes the approach to mental health within organisations as big and cumbersome as ours can feel a bit of a tick box, superficial exercise, but your sessions felt very different, very real, very humble and very authentic. In my view, you will have made a difference much bigger than you may think or ever know."

– Chris Mead, Chief Superintendent, Cambridgeshire Police

"Alex’s keynote address positively inspired our Leaders of the Future conference audience - whatever their age. His impassioned talk transformed our day from being just a good one to being exceptional. He was also a very tough act to follow!"

– Phillip Lawson, CEO, BOSS Federation

It was an absolute pleasure coordinating and speaking with Alex. From our first online meeting to regular email communication we knew that Alex would be the perfect fit for our students. His presentation was inspiring and the students were mesmerized. This was no mean feat, considering that it was the students last day of term and they have had a lot of ‘online’ lessons this year.In over a year, we (the teachers) and the students have had to adapt, be flexible and for a number, deal with anxiety. Showing them a way to climb their own mountain certainly got them thinking.

– Clare Dixon-Clarke, Grade Level Leader, International School in Zurich

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