Overcoming our Everest
Moving Minds over Mountains.
Record-breaking endurance challenges and adventures across the world on foot and bike, including a 5,000-mile journey to all 100 UK county tops and surviving the 2015 Nepal earthquake on Mount Everest.
Young inspirational, keynote and after-dinner speaker, empowering audiences across the UK and abroad to succeed through adversity, embrace uncertainty and lose their fear of failure.
Mental Health Activist
Raising funds and openly speaking out for mental health in young men, to spread the message that mental illness is not a sign of weakness – talking about it is the greatest strength.
Who is Alex?
Aged 22, Alex Staniforth is an endurance adventurer, athlete, inspirational speaker, author and fundraiser from Cheshire. He is no stranger to overcoming adversity – suffering epilepsy, stammering, bullying in early life. He survived the 2015 Nepal earthquake during his second attempt to climb Mount Everest. In July 2017 he became the fastest person ever to climb all 100 UK county tops, advocating his struggle with depression and eating disorders. He won the Pride of Britain Granada Reports Fundraiser of the Year, raising over £85,000 for charities so far.
Through his outdoor challenges Alex is committed to empowering others to overcome their own challenges – to ‘move their minds over mountains’.
“We can't always control what happens to us: but we can control how we respond.”
Mount Everest 2015
My second attempt on the world’s highest peak. We were making our first trip to Camp One (6,050m) when the Nepal earthquake hit on April 25th. A powder avalanche hit me just below Camp One and trapped us at the camp whilst base camp below was devastated by an even bigger avalanche triggered by the earthquake.
Climb The UK
Climbing to the highest point of all 100 UK counties in 72 days, with 48 ceremonial counties in England, 13 historic counties in Wales, 6 in Northern Ireland and 33 historic counties in Scotland. Over 4,782 miles on bike, 484 on foot, 8km by kayak and 383,871ft of height gain.
Speaking to Empower
Alex regularly delivers inspirational, keynote and after-dinner talks to corporate teams, conferences, awards presentations and many more. Overcoming his life challenges through outdoor challenges, Alex addresses the widespread fear of failure by empowering them to embrace uncertainty and changing their self-limiting beliefs towards the adversity in our every day lives.
“The universal feedback from all delegates was that the session was inspirational, stunning, awesome and engaging delivered by a stand-out speaker” – SASCAL Conference
People spoken to
Raised for good causes
Debut Book "Icefall"
In his debut book Icefall, Alex tells the remarkable true story of his life journey (so far) and his attempts to climb Everest in 2014 & 2015 – but rest assured this is not your typical Everest book, as it tells a gripping first-hand account of the two biggest disasters in Everest history.