It's time for a comeback challenge... On the 5th of August I’m attempting the Frog Graham Round - a classic swimrun challenge with almost 40 miles
The Adversity Adventurer
At 26, Alex Staniforth is already an expert in overcoming challenges, having survived the two biggest disasters in Mount Everest history as a teenager, including the 2015 Nepal earthquake. However, his biggest challenges have been much closer to home, suffering with epilepsy, stammering, bullying and mental ill health since childhood.
Adversity brings opportunity, and Alex is a now a record-breaking adventurer, international motivational speaker, ultra-runner, author of two books and founder of mental health charity Mind Over Mountains, committed to helping others build resilience through adventure and achieve through adversity.
He is the fastest person ever to climb all 100 UK county tops and won the Pride of Britain Granada Reports Fundraiser of the Year in 2017. In 2020 he ran the National Three Peaks Challenge – completing 452 miles in just 9 days 12 hours.
Why settle for Base Camp?
Alex is an international motivational speaker, helping teams and leaders build the resilience to embrace challenges, protect their mental health and achieve in adversity.
Alex brings a human perspective to the world of adventure and sport, combining adventure stories and practical tools with a humbling vulnerability that others can relate to their own goals & challenges.
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.
Chief Supt. Chris Mead, Cambridgeshire Police
Your session was fantastic and the content still buzzing around the room today, and I have to admit I quoted a few key messages in my closing remarks too. Lasting memory and something I will take back to practice ‘just think what we can achieve if we are pull in the same direction’ – inspired!
National Chair – HEFMA Leadership Forum
You absolutely hit the brief - everyone has been talking about it ever since. We have all adopted the slogan of “leaving base camp” and will be evangelising across the business about it.
Paul Kiddle, Gas Contracts Manager – National Grid
I was particularly impressed with the preparation and tailoring Alex was able to do to make the message even more pertinent to our business – it was a truly inspirational session summed up by one comment: "I can't believe you just paid us to listen to that!".
Rob Neale, GM Core Manufacture – Rolls-Royce Submarines
Alex's story demonstrated our value perfectly - a key takeaway being that no matter what life throws at you, applying the right mindset and approach will make you a stronger, more successful person. Truly inspirational story Alex, thank you!
Nicky Clark, MD – Synergy Creative
The message of overcoming obstacles to come out on top was simply thrilling. The teams feedback was of the highest praise.
Dan Hallett – VP, Health & Hygiene, Reckitt Benckiser
It was wonderful for us all to know that we are not alone when we experience similar feelings that we all certainly do. You were mesmerising. You could have heard a pin drop!
International School of Geneva
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!
Philip Lawson, CEO – BOSS Federation
Your story telling skills are second to none and I believe that you have had an incredible impact on a lot of people who were on the call by being vulnerable, sharing your struggles, and letting us into your world.
Alix Brown – Internet Fusion Group
Teams Inspired So Far
Most athletes will be familiar with the phrase: “Listen to your body”. With time and experience you become pretty intuitive about when to push and
Last month I was grabbing lunch at Pret in London Euston before a speaking gig, when the inevitable suddenly hit me. It was coming faster than the