Alex’s books ‘Icefall’ and ‘Another Peak’ are much more than adventure stories, and share the peaks and troughs of adversity with inspiration, humility and honesty to help anyone overcome their own challenges in life.
‘Icefall’ tells the true story of overcoming adversity on a relentless journey to the top of the world, and has already 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.
Another Peak follows Icefall to share the journey to find a new Everest in life. It recalls my record-breaking challenge to climb all 100 UK county tops, whilst exploring the peaks and troughs of mental ill health through the outdoors and adventure, to help anyone find hope, purpose and inspiration in their lives.
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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