Adventurer Alex Staniforth has become the youngest person to climb all 100 UK county tops after completing a non-stop 5,000-mile journey on Flintshire’s Moel Famau yesterday (Sunday 24th July 2017).
The 22-year-old began his 'Climb The UK Challenge' on Cheshire’s Shining Tor on May 13th, walking, cycling, and running to the highest point of every county in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in just 72 days; which also makes him the fastest person to complete the challenge. Alex battled extreme weather, injury and exhaustion on a journey that saw him climb the equivalent of 13 Mount Everests and raise more than £20,000 for his chosen charity Young Minds.
"It feels surreal to have completed my hardest challenge to date,” said Alex. “Reaching the top of Moel Famau felt like climbing my own Everest, but even better because I’ve been able to share this journey with the hundreds of people who joined me along the way. I’m elated to have doubled my original fundraising target of £10,000 – but I’m so exhausted I’m just looking forward to being able to stop and not cycle anywhere for a while!”
Alex’s journey was almost entirely human-powered, including a return kayak journey across the Solent to the Isle of Wight, with the only motorised transport being ferries to Northern Ireland and the Scottish islands. Travelling with minimal kit and often cycling more than 80 miles a day, Alex was able to successfully navigate all 100 peaks – including the iconic summits of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, Snowdon and Slieve Donard – with supporters following his progress live on ViewRanger’s tracker map.
You can relive Alex’s journey on his ViewRanger tracker map and sponsor his challenge by donating to YoungMinds on his Just Giving Page.