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Alex Staniforth

Alex Staniforth

Tried to climb Mount Everest aged 18, but we all have our 'Everest' in life!

In 2017 the young adventurer 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. He has already made two attempts to summit Mount Everest aged just 18, survived two days trapped in the 2015 Nepal earthquake, authored 2 books and founded a mental health charity - after overcoming epilepsy, stammering, anxiety and bullying during his school years.

He is now dedicated to inspiring young people to break through the barriers to achieve their own “Everest” and he regularly speaks to schools and universities across the UK and Europe about resilience, overcoming adversity and mental health.

In 2016 his first book Icefall was endorsed by Bear Grylls, and his second book Another Peak: Everest is Not the Only Summit was published in 2019. In August 2020 he ran the National Three Peaks – climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, and Snowdon, and running the entire 452 miles between in 9 days 12 hours. His challenges have raised over £100,000 for charities and he won the Pride of Britain Regional Fundraiser of the Year award in 2017.

Now 25 and based in Kendal, Cumbria - Alex is a founding director of Mind Over Mountains, a charity to restore mental well-being and resilience through outdoor experiences. 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​

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