Kelsall’s resident adventurer, author and fundraiser, Alex Staniforth, will be leading a new outdoor experience weekend aimed at supporting those facing mental illness.
Based in Cumbria’s Lake District National Park, “Mind Over Mountains” aims to harness the benefits of hill-walking for managing mental and physical health challenges, allowing the chance to ‘step back and return home more resilient and confident’.
Participants will walk two of the best-loved UK mountains, Skiddaw and Blencathra, whilst staying at the highest bunkhouse in the British Isles – YHA Skiddaw Bunkhouse – which is only accessible on foot and without mains electricity.
The inclusive weekend will also feature coaching, workshops, talks and outdoor team activities in a supportive environment, all aimed at developing mental resilience and confidence to boost mental wellbeing.
Alex will be joined by fellow Kelsall-resident and coach, Chris Spray, who will deliver workshops on NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) during the weekend. The group will also take away outdoor survival skills and mindfulness from Cheshire outdoor bushcraft instructor, Mike Henshall.
Alex, 22, is continuing his work to support those with mental health after a record-breaking challenge last year saw him climb all 100 UK county tops in a self-titled challenge ‘Climb The UK’ of walking, cycling, running and kayaking over 5,000 miles in 72 days.
In raising over £25,000 for Young Minds UK, he also won the Pride of Britain Granada Reports ‘Fundraiser of the Year’.
Openly sharing his own struggle with depression, anxiety and eating disorders, Alex said: “Outdoor challenges have been the solution to my own mental health battles, so I’m very excited to be working with Adventure Uncovered to help others harness the power of the outdoors for themselves. We couldn’t have a better place for this than the stunning Lake District. Mental illness can feel like an uphill battle but one I believe can be fought with uphill effort.”
It will be curated by Adventure Uncovered, an organisation with a purpose to ‘accelerate social and environmental awareness and change through responsible adventure.’
Alex is an endurance adventurer, inspirational speaker, author and charity ambassador from Cheshire. He has made two attempts to climb Mt. Everest and completed numerous endurance challenges. His debut book ‘Icefall’ was published in March 2016 and is an autobiographical account of his attempts to climb Everest.
General places are limited to 20 on a first-come-first-served basis. To sign up or find more details, please visit: www.adventureuncovered.com/mind-over-mountains