Alex Staniforth

Alex will return fresh from the Himalayas, just days after his latest expedition – to climb Cho Oyu, 8,201 metres, the sixth highest peak in the world. He will share the fascinating tale of his journey as told by his book. From the beginning right through to his rare accounts of the two biggest disasters in Everest history, Alex will share his lessons from the Icefall with honesty and vulnerability, and inspire others to overcome their own “Everest in life”.

About the author
Alex Staniforth, the Adversity Adventurer – inspiring others to overcome their own Everest in life.

Aged just 21, Alex is a motivational speaker, endurance adventurer, author and ambassador from Kelsall, near Chester. In 2015 his second attempt to climb Mount Everest ended in disaster after narrowly escaping an avalanche in the Khumbu Icefall triggered by the Nepal earthquake, which tragically killed three of his teammates at base camp. His first attempt to reach the summit in 2014, aged 18, was cut short by another major avalanche in the Khumbu Icefall.

Alex is no stranger to adversity, suffering epilepsy, stammering, mental health problems, bullying and low self-confidence in early life. But this has only driven him to achieve his potential. He climbed Mont Blanc aged 17, carried the London 2012 Olympic flame through Chester and has raised over £55,000 for charity. He is an ambassador for Westgrove Group in Warrington and YHA England & Wales. In 2016 he released his autobiography Icefall, endorsed by Bear Grylls.


Approx 60 mins

Creative work details

Title: Icefall
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"Descriptions of Everest Base Camp in both 2014 and 2015 are honest and harrowing. This is a great read and I'm excited to see what Alex does next"
"It was an epic event which provoked him to sit down and write an autobiography at the unfeasibly young age of 19. The result is an enthralling tale, well told"
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