Alex Staniforth from Kelsall, is on a two-month expedition to Nepal to attempt to reach the summit of Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain at 8,850m (29,035ft) high, the second youngest British man to do so.
Leaving Manchester airport, Alex summarised; ''It's unbelievable to be in this position for the second year in a row but I couldn't be more grateful for the support I've had. I'm excited to begin and feel more prepared than ever, yet will be climbing with respect for the mountain and keeping the victims of the Everest 2014 avalanche tragedy very much in my thoughts.''
Alex is raising funds for the Himalayan Trust UK, in addition to supporting the Alex Staniforth Adversity Fund, to help people in Cheshire and Warrington with mental health, bullying and disability issues to live a healthy active lifestyle. A cause which is very close to Alex’s heart. Alex's is raising funds via his JustGiving page https://www.justgiving.com/teams/everest2015.
Since arriving in Nepal, Alex met up with his expedition team and has been making the three week trek to base camp. The main focus during this trek is for the team to acclimatise and prepare themselves both mentally and physically for the latter parts of the expedition. Alex did as much training as possible before leaving the UK, by undertaking a series of ultra-endurance challenges, EPIC7, but appreciates that it will be a different experience with the high-altitude to contend with too.
On 17th April, Alex reached Everest Base Camp, where they will stay for several weeks to acclimatise further. Alex comments; ''I'm taking one day at a time and staying focused on the things that I can control. I have the best possible support team around me and I'm extremely glad to be here in such a beautiful part of the world. My limits are about to be pushed more than I've ever known but I want to show young people what they're capable of achieving''
Back in the UK, Alex is receiving a tremendous amount of support from his family, friends, followers and sponsors. Joint head sponsors, The Westgrove Group and Active Cheshire are following him every step of the way and are delighted to be supporting Alex on his journey.
Steve Fives, Chairman at The Westgrove Group comments; “The whole of the Westgrove community are captivated by Alex’s Everest expedition and his incredible journey. He has an unrelenting desire to show anyone suffering from their own personal adversities that you can overcome them and achieve the most monumental goals in life. As our first ever ‘Young Ambassador’ we’re really proud of him and the difference he is making in many people’s lives. We feel like we’re walking every single step with him and it will be an emotional moment for everyone should he achieve his own personal ‘holy grail’, the summit of the world.”
Anne Boyd, CEO at Active Cheshire concludes; “We are so proud of Alex. He’s a local lad, an incredible ambassador and role model who has overcome adversity to live the ultimate active life! He has achieved so much at the age of nineteen and we wish him every success as he prepares for the Everest summit.”