Alex Staniforth

Record-breaking endurance adventurer, author & fundraiser, empowering others to put mind over mountains


“Alex’s preparation for the presentation was meticulous, he customised his presentation to my need, message, and audience. The timing was good, the message was brilliant and the whole team were captivated with his story. The message of overcoming obstacles to still come out on top was simply thrilling”
Senior VP Health & Hygiene, Reckitt Benckiser
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You probably haven’t heard a speaker quite like this…

At 22 years old Alex Staniforth has overcome more challenges than most will face in a lifetime on his journey to climb Mount Everest: which nearly took his life in the two biggest disasters of Everest history.

In earlier life, Alex suffered epilepsy, panic attacks, low confidence, bullying, depression, an eating disorder – and most profoundly – a stammer! A sudden purpose in the outdoors left him determined to achieve his potential. Mount Everest became the end goal.

After climbing Mont Blanc at 17 and carrying the London 2012 Olympic flame, in one year he singlehandedly fundraised over
£35,000 in corporate sponsorship to fund his Everest expedition in2014.
The expedition was cancelled at base camp following a massive avalanche that killed sixteen people.

The following year Alex then survived an avalanche in the Khumbu Icefall triggered by the Nepal earthquake, which took the lives of three team-mates and trapped him on the mountain for two days.
Recognising that adversity is the greatest teacher, in 2016 Alex reached 7,125m on Cho Oyu, the worlds’ sixth highest peak, co-ordinated the first ever “Walk4Nepal” event to support the Nepal earthquake victims, and released his award-winning book ‘ICEFALL’.

In 2017 Alex completed Climb The UK, a 5,000 mile human-powered journey by bike, foot and kayak, climbing the highest point of all 100 UK counties in 72 days, whilst raising awareness for mental health and breaking the previous record by 20 days.
Having raised over £85,000 for charity, Alex proudly serve as an ambassador for YHA England & Wales, Westgrove Group, PHASE Worldwide and Viewranger, and as a non-executive director for YP Potential C.I.C.

Alex’s story will empower your audience to put their minds over mountains: changing their mindsets to respond more positively to change, uncertainty and adversity.

Alex has so far spoken to over 8,500 people in companies, schools, awards, after-dinner events, conferences and
workshops in the UK and abroad. He is currently the youngest speaker ever to present Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards.


Typical themes include:

• Self-leadership
• Resilience
• Overcoming adversity
• Management of disappointment
• Embracing failure
• Persistence
• Setting (and achieving!) objectives
• Mental health and wellbeing
• High altitude mountaineering
• Extreme environments
• Fundraising