Alex Staniforth: Another Peak - Everest is not the only Summit
Alex Staniforth is a record-breaking adventurer, endurance athlete, keynote speaker, author and charity fundraiser from Cheshire. At the age of 24 he has already made two attempts to climb to the top of Mount Everest and is now dedicated to inspiring others to achieve their own ‘Everest’ in life.
In 2015 his second attempt to climb Mount Everest ended in disaster after narrowly escaping the Nepal earthquake. Alex is no stranger to adversity: overcoming epilepsy, stammering and bullying in earlier life; and openly shares his battles with mental health. Outdoor challenges have helped him fight back, raising over £85,000 for charity and winning the Pride of Britain Regional Fundraiser of the Year 2017.
In 2016 he returned to the Himalayas and reached 7,125 metres on Cho Oyu, the sixth highest peak in the world. In 2017 he became the fastest person ever to climb all 100 UK county tops by bicycle, foot and kayak, covering over 5,000 miles in 72 days to encourage conversations around mental well-being.
Alex joins us to share his second book Another Peak recalls this inspirational and compelling journey, exploring the peaks and troughs of mental health through the outdoors, endorsed by Mark Beaumont and Chrissie Wellington MBE.
He is a founding director of Mind Over Mountains CIC, a social enterprise to improve mental wellbeing and resilience through the outdoors, and a brand ambassador for YHA England & Wales, PHASE Worldwide, Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports and Mountain Fuel. Now based in Kendal, he is often found running in the fells with a 2:54 marathon PB.