Alex Staniforth is no stranger to overcoming adversity. In his early life, he suffered from a stammer, an eating disorder, epilepsy, anxiety, and bullying, but this didn’t stop him putting his mind into action to achieve some truly impressive goals. He never allowed this to become his identity – only his experience. Reframing adversity as an opportunity for growth has given him a unique drive to inspire others to overcome their own ‘Everest’ and achieve against the odds.
After single-handedly raising over £35,000 in corporate sponsorship whilst still at school, Alex’s first attempt to climb Mount Everest in 2014 was abandoned following a tragic avalanche that took sixteen lives. In 2015 he was trapped at Camp 1 for two days following the Nepal earthquake and an avalanche which took the lives of three team-mates at Base Camp.
Alex has continued to push his limits and re-define success, publishing two books, Icefall and Another Peak. 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, and winning a Pride of Britain award. In 2020 he completed the National Three Peaks on foot, running 452 miles in just 9 days 12 hours, and founded Mind Over Mountains, a charity to restore mental well-being through nature, working in partnership with the NHS.
A podcast with mental health speaker Alex Staniforth
As part of our ‘Chat with…’ series at Great British Speakers, our director Jane Farnham, sat down with Alex Staniforth to discuss his adventurous career, fundraising and what makes Alex such an engaging and motivational Mental Health speaker. You can watch the full interview on our blog HERE.