The Adversity Adventurer

Alex Staniforth is a 21-year old endurance adventurer, motivational speaker and author from Cheshire. In 2015 his second attempt to climb Mount Everest ended in disaster after the Nepal earthquake triggered avalanches, tragically killing three of his teammates at base camp, whilst he was below Camp 1 in the Khumbu Icefall. In Spring 2014 his first attempt to reach the summit of Mount Everest, aged 18, was cut short by another major avalanche. His debut book ‘’Icefall’’ tells the full story of these devastating events and his journey through adversity to Everest, endorsed by Bear Grylls.

Alex suffered Epilepsy and more in his childhood that has driven him to succeed and inspire others to build resilience, and overcome their own ‘Everest in life’. He is proud to be the Young Ambassador for the award-winning Westgrove Group an integrated facilities and security management company based in Warrington. Through his challenges he has fundraised over £55,000 for various causes, including the victims of the Nepal earthquake, and is an ambassador for YHA England & Wales, also PHASE Worldwide, a charity working in remote areas of Nepal.

In Autumn 2016 he will attempt to climb the sixth highest peak in the world – Cho Oyu, 8,201 metres, in Tibet.

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Ranulph Fiennes‘Alex is an ambitious young man with solid determination who sets himself challenges to push him beyond his limits, with the courage to overcome his own adversity in life. I wish him the best of success with his climb of Mount Everest.’

Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE - The World's Greatest Living Explorer

Chris Bonington‘Good luck with your Everest climb, raising funds for such a worthwhile cause’

Sir Chris Bonington CBE CVO - First ascent of the South Face of Annapurna and South-West face of Everest

Bear Grylls‘Obstacles are opportunities in disguise and Alex knows this all too well. High achievement requires high sacrifice. But he is determined to make his Everest dream a reality. I am sure he will do it!’

Bear Grylls - Youngest ever chief scout, previously youngest Briton to climb Mount Everest

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