Alex Staniforth – Keynote Speaker

Record-breaking adventurer, Everest avalanche survivor, ultra-endurance athlete, motivational speaker, published author and mental health charity founder

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Specialist Subjects

  • Re-defining Success: why staying at Base Camp kills our potential
  • The Adventure Mindset: how to embrace the unexpected
  • One Small Step: how to beat burnout and go the distance
  • Invisible Mountains: opening the conversation on mental health
  • Vulnerability
  • Growth Mindset
  • Resilience through Adversity
  • Embracing Uncertainty
  • Fear of Failure
  • Proactive Well-being


  • English


Alex Staniforth is a record-breaking adventurer, ultra-endurance athlete, published author, brand ambassador and charity founder from Cheshire who has never taken the conventional path to the top.

At the age of 26 he has already attempted Mount Everest twice – but Alex is not your typical Everest speaker. After climbing Mont Blanc at 17 and single-handedly raising over £35,000 in corporate sponsorship whilst still at school, his first attempt to climb to the summit of Mount Everest in 2014 was abandoned following a tragic avalanche that took sixteen lives. Aged just 19, he returned a year later and survived an avalanche in the Khumbu Icefall, triggered by the Nepal earthquake, which trapped his team at Camp 1 for two days.

However his biggest challenges have been much closer to home. Alex Staniforth is no stranger to adversity, after overcoming epilepsy, bullying, anxiety, mental ill health and a stammer since childhood. Discovering the outdoors empowered him to achieve through adversity and confront his stammer by speaking to audiences across the UK and Europe.

In 2016 he 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 bike, foot and kayak, covering over 5,000 miles in 72 days.

He has raised over £120,000 for charities, carried the London 2012 Olympic Torch and won Pride of Britain Fundraiser of the Year in 2017. He published his first book Icefall in 2016, endorsed by Bear Grylls, and his second title Another Peak in 2019.

In 2020 Alex Staniforth co-founded Mind Over Mountains, a national charity to restore mental well-being through nature. He also ran the National Three Peaks Challenge, climbing and running 452 miles between the UK’s three highest peaks in 9 days 12 hours, and won TGO Magazine Silver ‘Campaigner of the Year’.

Now based in Kendal, the Lake District, he is a brand ambassador for Ordnance Survey, Inov-8, Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports and Rubicon RAW.

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