At just 17, Alex climbed Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps. He singlehandedly fundraised over £35,000 in corporate sponsorship to fund his Everest expedition, however, the expedition was cancelled at base camp following a disastrous avalanche that killed sixteen people.
The following year he then survived an avalanche in the Khumbu Icefall triggered by the Nepal earthquake, which took the lives of three team-mates and trapped him on the mountain for two days.
Recognising that adversity is the greatest teacher, in 2016 he reached 7,125m on Cho Oyu, the worlds’ sixth highest peak, and co-ordinated the first ever “Walk4Nepal” event to support the Nepal earthquake victims, and released his award-winning book ‘ICEFALL’.
Not only is Alex an inspirational adventurer, but also an inspirational advocate for those suffering with mental health and physical disabilities; having suffered from epilepsy, panic attacks, low confidence, bullying, depression, an eating disorder –and most profoundly –a stammer, Alex found confidence in the outdoors, which encouraged him to achieve his full potential.
And Mount Everest became the end goal.