060: Alex Staniforth: Overcoming Adversity Through Adventure

What can the Nature Effect do for you? Join us on Alex’s journey as he shares his experience with the outdoors and how it has an impact in his business and life today.

Alex Staniforth

Alex Staniforth is a 20 year old adventurer, ambassador and speaker from Cheshire in England. His story is one of overcoming adversity on his journey to climb Mount Everest, where both of his attempts to reach the summit ended in tragedy with the 2014 and 2015 avalanches.

He has recently released his first book ICEFALL endorsed by Bear Grylls and is passionate about helping other people to discover the outdoors and their own ‘Everest’.

Nature Quote / Mantra

The greatest suffering brings the greatest successes

Childhood Memory

When Alex was on holiday in Turkey with his mum when he was 13. He saw a sign for paragliding and had an urge to sign himself up for it. He and his mum headed up to this 7000’ peak and it was the most scared he had ever been. He was having second thoughts.

After being lifted up by the parachute, he felt like a bird in the sun for an hour. That was the first time in his life he accepted that he can achieve things, he can overcome things.

Outdoor Experience

The Himalayas are one of his favorite places to go. In 2015 he was on Everest coming out of the tent in an amphitheater of mountains. It was about six in the morning and he remembers the blue sky and the sun coming up with the most incredible strength. It was the most picture perfect stillness.

Nature Effect

Being in the outdoors inspires thinking and possibilities. When Alex is having a dilemma or a tough decision he’ll head to the mountains away from the distractions. It’s not in the mountains when he thinks about stuff but on the way home when the answer comes.

Inspiration for his book IceFall

Alex’s speaking career started by chance because he grew up with a bad stammer. After sharing his journey on social media he was asked to speak at his primary school about his adventures and to inspire others to over come their own adversities, get active and get outdoors. The feedback was positive, encouraging and having an impact on people. Alex also found that when he spoke in front of an audience he wasn’t stammering as much.

He did more speaking and it grew from there. The feedback was incredible and people have told him they will never complain about anything. From his speaking career and the feedback he received he wanted to share his story in a book. He had always wanted to write and this was a way to spread his message to others.

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