PHASE Worldwide is very proud to announce Alex Staniforth, the adversity adventurer as its newest ambassador!
“PHASE works in the areas where people are often forgotten, quietly away from the tourist trails and hotspots of a diversely beautiful, yet poverty stricken, country. Many people who visit Nepal come home touched by the gratitude, resilience and resourcefulness of the Nepalese who have so little but give so much… and after three visits, I’m one of them! I’m really honoured to promote PHASE as an ambassador and help them achieve their aims”. Alex Staniforth, 2016
On 29 August, 2016, Alex arrived back in the Himalayas (after two previous unsuccessful attempts on Everest due to circumstances beyond his control) to begin his journey of a seven-week expedition through Tibet. This time with the aim of climbing Cho Oyu at 8,201 metres (26,906 feet) high, (6th highest peak in the world) with the 360 Expeditions team. He will be completing this mission while in his new role as an ambassador for PHASE. Watch out for our updates on his adventure.
Alex Staniforth is a 21-year old endurance adventurer, motivational speaker and writer from Cheshire. Alex suffered epilepsy as a child which has driven him to succeed and inspire others to build resilience, and overcome their own ‘Everest in life’.
In 2015 his second attempt to climb Mount Everest ended in disaster after the Nepal earthquake triggered avalanches, tragically killing three of his teammates at base camp, whilst he narrowly escaped an avalanche himself below Camp 1. In Spring 2014, his first attempt to reach the summit of Mount Everest, aged 18, was cut short by another major avalanche. He has fundraised over £50,000 for various causes including the Nepal earthquake victims, having seen the devastating events first-hand.
Alex has carried the London 2012 Olympic flame, climbed in the Alps and Himalayas and completed numerous solo endurance challenges, including a 24-hour bike ride to Dartmoor (268 miles) and ‘Everesting’, cycling the height of Everest in one day (29,035ft). His debut book ‘Icefall’ tells the full story of his journey up until now.
Signed copies of Alex’x book with part proceeds going to PHASE projects can be found in the PHASE Shop
In April 2016, Alex led a sponsored ‘Walk for Nepal’ for PHASE up to the top of Mount Snowdon to mark one year since the earthquakes in Nepal. Read his blog about the day here
The walk was very successful with 120 people joining on the day and raising over £15,000 for earthquake affected communities. Watch the video of ‘Walk for Nepal’ below.
Following the success of Snowdon, Alex lead another ‘Walk for Nepal’ in June 2017. This time to reach the summit of Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England.
In May 2018, Alex will be leading the third Walk for Nepal. This time up Ben Nevis.
If you would like to find out more and join us on Ben Nevis, click here.