Ambition, Adversity & Adventure

Alex Staniforth is a 20-year old adventurer, fundraiser, endurance athlete, ambassador and motivational speaker from Cheshire. In 2015 his second attempt to climb Mount Everest ended in disaster after the Nepal earthquake triggered avalanches, tragically killing three of his teammates at base camp whilst narrowly escaping an avalanche below Camp 1. In Spring 2014 his first attempt to reach the summit of Mount Everest, aged 18, was cut short by another major avalanche tragedy that tragically killed 16 climbing Sherpas. He is now fundraising as much as possible for the Himalayan Trust UK to support the victims, and the Alex Staniforth Adversity Fund, which supports people in Cheshire with mental health, bullying and disability problems. His upcoming book ‘’Icefall’’ will be released by Coventry House Publishing, and tells the story of these devastating events.

Alex suffered Epilepsy and more in his childhood that has driven him to succeed. He is proud to be the Young Ambassador for the award-winning Westgrove Group, in Warrington, the Active Lifestyle Ambassador for Active Cheshire, trying to get 50,000 people more active by 2015, as well as the Young Ambassador for the Chester Business Club and World Merit, connecting young people to opportunities globally.


Icefall Front CoverAlex’s upcoming book ‘Icefall’ will tell the true story of his relentless journey overcoming adversity on his mission to reach the top of the world, and has already been supported by adventurer Bear Grylls.
Published by Coventry House, the exciting new title is due to be released in print and digitally in the coming months. Please sign up on the Icefall page to register your interest, and get exclusive newsletter updates about the release and other opportunities.

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Ranulph Fiennes‘Alex is an ambitious young man with solid determination who sets himself challenges to push him beyond his limits, with the courage to overcome his own adversity in life. I wish him the best of success with his climb of Mount Everest.’

Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE - The World's Greatest Living Explorer

Chris Bonington‘Good luck with your Everest climb, raising funds for such a worthwhile cause’

Sir Chris Bonington CBE CVO - First ascent of the South Face of Annapurna and South-West face of Everest

Bear Grylls‘Obstacles are opportunities in disguise and Alex knows this all too well. High achievement requires high sacrifice. But he is determined to make his Everest dream a reality. I am sure he will do it!’

Bear Grylls - Youngest ever chief scout, previously youngest Briton to climb Mount Everest

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