Aged just 22, Alex Staniforth is a record-breaking adventurer, inspirational speaker and author from Cheshire. He has already made two attempts to climb to the top of Mount Everest. Now he is dedicated to inspiring others to overcome their own ‘Everest’ in life.
Alex is no stranger to adversity: overcoming epilepsy, stammering and bullying in earlier life. More recently he has openly suffered mental illness including depression, anxiety and an eating disorder. Through his story Alex is a compelling example that obstacles are an opportunity to win.
His achievements include raising over £85,000 for charity, numerous endurance challenges on foot and bike, carrying the London 2012 Olympic Torch, releasing a book “Icefall” (endorsed by Bear Grylls), becoming an ambassador for Westgrove Group and the Youth Hostel Association (YHA) and a director of a social enterprise to help young people achieve their potential. Alex is a highly-regarded speaker to all audiences, having spoken to over 7,500 people so far.
In 2015 his second attempt to climb Mount Everest ended in disaster after narrowly escaping an avalanche and the Nepal earthquake, which took the lives of three of his team. 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 self-supported and spreading the message that mental illness is not a sign of weakness, and that together we can overcome any mountain.
Alex's latest showreel can be watched here.
"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
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