Alex’s books ‘Icefall’ and ‘Another Peak’ are much more than adventure stories. Ideal for adventure enthusiasts, athletes, or anyone experiencing mental ill health or major challenges in life, they offer an honest and approachable perspective of overcoming challenges both in the Himalayas and closer to home.
Alex’s debut book ‘Icefall’ tells the true story of overcoming adversity on a relentless journey to the top of the world, recalling the two consecutive biggest disasters in Everest history first-hand.
It has been endorsed by Bear Grylls and explorer Mark Wood. Icefall won bronze in the Readers Favorite International Book Contest 2016 and was featured in the Chester Literature Festival.
Published in March 2016 by Coventry House.
A suspenseful memoir marked by adventure, hardship, and achievement, Icefall is the remarkable true story of a teenager’s journey to conquer Mount Everest. Plagued by adversity and epilepsy as a child, Alex developed a determination and will to succeed that would ultimately lead him from his home in Cheshire, England to the face of Everest at only eighteen years old. Though his will to reach the summit was extraordinary, he could have never anticipated the unprecedented dangers and risks that the mountain had in store for him. In this inspirational tale of tragedy and redemption, Alex reveals the universal truth that adversity may be the greatest teacher of all, but nothing can teach you more about life than death.
“Obstacles are opportunities in disguise – and Alex knows this all too well. High achievement requires high sacrifice, but Alex is a man determined to make his Everest dream a reality.”
– Bear Grylls
Another Peak follows Icefall to share the journey to find a new Everest in life. It recalls the record-breaking journey of Alex’s ClimbTheUK challenge to climb all 100 UK county tops, whilst exploring the peaks and troughs of mental ill health through the outdoors and adventure, helping anyone find hope, purpose and inspiration in their lives.
Published by Trigger Press in 2019.
Reaching Everest was always the dream, but after an avalanche stopped Alex the first time and an earthquake the second, he had to take a step back. But even as he climbed down, he couldn’t stop wondering ‘What’s next?’ A restlessness in his bones, and a need to help make things better after the lives claimed in his two climbs, led Alex to his hardest mission yet: ClimbTheUK; to cycle to the highest points of the United Kingdom.
But a history of anxiety, depression, and eating disorders rears its multiple heads once more, making this the hardest thing Alex has ever had to do. Finding himself alone too often, with only his thoughts for company, it becomes less of a fight of man and nature and more of man and mind...
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