[A]lex Staniforth, 20, who first discovered his passion for climbing in the Lake District, has recently launched his gripping new book Icefall.
On Friday 20th May, he will be speaking about his experiences and signing copies of Icefall at King Kong Climbing Centre in Keswick.
In 2015, Alex was caught up in a devastating avalanche on Mount Everest, narrowly cheating death during his second expedition to reach the summit, with Keswick expedition leader Tim Mosedale.
He is backed by intrepid explorer Bear Grylls, “Obstacles are opportunities in disguise and Alex knows this all too well. High achievement requires high sacrifice, but he is a man determined to make his Everest dream a reality”.
Alex recognises adversity is his greatest teacher. He is no stranger to such obstacles with Epilepsy, anxiety, depression, bullying and a confidence-sapping stammer plaguing his school years. An affinity for outdoor challenges and making a difference became his way to fight back.
In 2015 he returned to the world’s highest peak and stared death in the face when a huge earthquake struck Nepal and triggered avalanches which sadly took the lives of three of his team. Almost a year on from the tragedy, Alex relives the nightmare through his book, capturing the horror, heartbreak and his hopes for the future; including attempting to climb the world’s highest mountains and scaling equally huge personal peaks in the process.
Released by Coventry House Publishing, Icefall marks a further exciting chapter in his life. Alex has pledged to donate a contribution from his book sales (RRP £12.99) to a charity supporting the people of Nepal.
In 2014, his first expedition to Everest was aborted following a tragic avalanche above base camp. Alex has so far raised over £50,000 for charity, climbed Mont Blanc and attempted a world record attempt on a 7,000m Himalayan peak. He is an ambassador for the Westgrove Group and YHA England & Wales.
Alex wants the world to know his unique story and understand how no obstacle is too high to overcome.
Tickets are £5 on the door, including refreshments. Doors open 6:30pm till 8:00pm.