Alex Staniforth

Young adventurer, inspirational speaker, fundraiser and author from Cheshire.

Aged just 22, he has been on four expeditions to the Himalayas and made two attempts to climb Mount Everest. Alex is no stranger to overcoming adversity, having suffered mental illness, epilepsy, stammering and bullying in earlier life.

Now he shares his experiences with thousands as a truly unique inspirational speaker and has written a book: ICEFALL. Alex carried the London 2012 Olympic torch and has raised over £60,000 for charity. In 2017 Alex climbed to the highest point of every UK county in his #ClimbTheUK challenge which he completed in just two months, raising £20,000 for Young Minds UK, and staying at Youth Hostels along the way.

I have my challenges – they don’t have me!

What is Alex up to with YHA?

YHA supported Alex’s #ClimbTheUK challenge with free accommodation and meals at our Youth Hostels along the way.

Alex recently officially opened YHA Keswick, after the devastating floods and the refurbishment.

Alex helped YHA engage with young people and politicians at our Senedd event this year.

Alex gave an inspirational speech to young volunteers who were working on YHA’s Summer Camp programme.

He will also be working with us on future launches of Youth Hostel investment.

Where can I find more information about Alex?

Follow Alex on Twitter at @alex_staniforth for all of his adventures including his Climb UK 2017 and check out his website.