KELSALL teenager Alex Staniforth has successfully cycled from Chester to the French Alps – as part of his conditioning for his holy grail- Mount Everest.
Alex, 19, cycled unsupported, covering over 870 miles from the city to Chamonix in just eight days, up to 146 miles per day.
One week later he climbed to the summit of the Dom at 4545m high- the highest peak entirely in Switzerland and the biggest vertical ascent in the Alps.
Alex says: ‘’The cycle was the toughest thing I’ve ever attempted, the mental stress for consecutive days was debilitating whilst forcing through the physical exhaustion and anxieties. Getting to Chamonix was utter elation. Climbing Dom was different but getting to the summit made the suffering worth it- a truly invigorating and unforgettable experience. Overcoming the various difficulties encountered just added to the adventure- like crashing twice on the final day and a muscle injury on the Dom. I’m learning just how far I can push out of my comfort zones’’
In just two weeks he had successfully completed the self-organised third and fourth challenges of his EPIC7 project- a series of seven ultra-endurance challenges to raise money and prepare for an attempt at the summit of the world’s highest mountain in May 2015.
Alex was forced to cancel an attempt earlier this year after a huge avalanche on Everest in April killed 16 Nepalese guides and political strife brought the climbing season to an early end, the biggest tragedy in Everest history.
Alex said: “It seemed a waste to let the momentum fade until next spring so I’m undertaking something even bigger with EPIC7. These seven challenges with a twist will push my previous physical and mental limits whilst providing excellent conditioning and helping me to fundraise more. I’m excited to see it unfold’’
Alex also completed the first of the EPIC7 challenges: the 115-mile Fred Whitton Cycling Sportive and the Welsh 3000’s walk- the youngest person ever to complete it solo.
To help fund his project has has been offered a scholarship as Young Ambassador by the Westgrove Group.
Anyone who wishes to donate to Alex’s charity can visit www.justgiving.com/EPIC7 and visit his website www.alexstaniforth.com