Alex Staniforth is a record-breaking adventurer…

…, endurance athlete, inspirational speaker, author and mental health fundraiser aged 23 from Cheshire. Alex is no stranger to adversity with both his attempts to climb Mount Everest ending in tragedy, facing an avalanche in 2014 and the 2015 Nepal earthquake. In July 2017 he became the fastest person ever to climb all 100 UK county tops, fundraising for mental health in young people and sharing his own mental health battles as an advocate for others.

His purpose is simple: overcoming life challenges through outdoor challenges; inspiring others to put their own ‘mind over mountains’ and achieve extraordinary things.

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Alex Staniforth

What is your Everest?

Inspirational keynote, international and TEDx speaker, challenging fear of failure and empowering audiences to change their mindsets towards adversity.

Success means something different to everyone but reaching the top of a mountain only tells half the story. Alex takes audiences through the peaks and troughs of this gripping journey with emotion, humility and honesty that will challenge their fear of failure and victim mindset…

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  • Climb the UK – To the top of all 100 UK counties

  • Everest Avalanche

    Everest 2015

  • Inspiring Adversity Adventurer Alex Staniforth

    Cho Oyu 2016

  • Alex 'Everesting' bike challenge

    Cycling up Everest… sort of!

  • Baruntse 2013

    Baruntse 2013

  • 24hr Time Trial

    24-hour Time Trial

We can't always control what happens to us: we can control how we respond

  • You could not be a better role model for our students and I feel privileged to have been able to hear you speak about your experiences. Thank you for helping us create memories for our students that will last a lifetime
  • You have definitely inspired me to keep looking at everything that happens in a positive way. Every experience is a learning experience!
  • 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. Every person in the room was focused on your brave and inspiring words
  • 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!
  • As one of our members said, if we could have a spoonful of Alex with our Cornflakes every morning, it surely would set you up to tackle the day ahead no matter what life threw at you.

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The Mountains are Calling

In November last year, I received a message from Jonny Muir, an Edinburgh-based author and hill runner, asking if I would consider writing the

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