KELSALL adventurer Alex Staniforth is preparing to embark on his ultimate ambition – climbing Mount Everest.The 19-year-old is set to climb the 8850m peak in May.
Alex was forced to cancel a previous attempt after a huge avalanche on Everest last year killed 16 Nepalese Sherpa guides and political strife brought the climbing season to an early end, the biggest tragedy in Everest history.
His attempt this year is being backed by numerous corporatesponsors, including Tarporley-based Dayinsure, who have pledged to become amajor sponsor for Alex’s second attempt.
Alex, a young endurance athlete and motivational speaker, said: ‘’Thanks to their support I’m glad to confirm my expedition is now fully funded and I can now focus on training and charity fundraising before I leave on 28th March.’’
The project involves seven ultra endurance challenges to test his limits before Everest. Some of these feats have iincluded cycling 880 miles from Chester to Chamonix unsupported in just eight days, the Fred Whitton Cycle sportive solo, hiking the Welsh 3000’s solo, climbing the highest peak in Switzerland and the National 3 Peaks Cycle challenge- 440 miles cycling unsupported and the three highest UK mountains in just four days.
February saw him walking the 79 mile Great Glen Way in Scotland, in just 48 hours.
Alex has overcome a number of childhood challenges – epilepsy, bullying, depression, stammering – and is ready to take on more to inspire other young people to discover their potential and find their Everest in life.
Alex Staniforth and Steve Coppock, Managing Director of Dayinsure