Copyright: 2016, US
Specifications: 8vo, pp.266, 27 bw photos, wraps
Condition: signed, new
A suspenseful memoir marked by adventure, hardship, and achievement, Staniforth’s book is the remarkable true story of a teenager’s journey to conquer Everest. Plagued by adversity and epilepsy as a child, he developed a determination and will to succeed that would ultimately lead him from his home in Cheshire, England to the face of Everest at only 18 years old. Though his will to reach the summit was extraordinary, he could have never anticipated the unprecedented dangers and risks that the mountain had in store for him. In this inspirational tale of tragedy and redemption, Alex reveals the universal truth that adversity may be the greatest teacher of all, but nothing can teach you more about life than death.
Staniforth began his Himalayan career with an attempt on Baruntse in 2013. Altitude took it’s toll but it was a valuable introduction to climbing at altitude. In 2014 he was a member of Henry Todd’s Himalayan Guides 2014 expedition to the Nepal side of Everest. Tragically this expedition was cut short early on when 16 Sherpa were killed in a serac fall near the top of the icefall. Perseverance brought Alex back to Everest in 2015. During this season he was approaching Camp One when the terrible earthquake struck Nepal killing 19 mountaineers and thousands more throughout the country. He presents here interesting details concerning the aftermaths of both tragedies.