Sunny started leading multi-day backcountry trips in the mid-2000s as a student at Harvard College. She went on to obtain an MBA from Harvard Business School and pursue a career as a management consultant while simultaneously expanding her climbing and mountaineering skill set.
At the end of 2015, Sunny decided to leave behind the business world in order to focus full-time on climbing and running mountains.
Today, she is a professional mountain athlete with multiple speed records on Aconcagua, the Annapurna Circuit, and in the Colorado Rockies.
Sunny is a Wilderness First Responder and an AIARE Level II avalanche professional.
Listen to Sunny on the Tough Girl Podcast as she shares more about her life and the amazing adventures she has had around the world.
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Who is Sunny
Not being into sports
Growing up as a couch potato
Getting into running and not enjoying it
Building up her running to marathon distance
Deciding to run a 100km ultra race
Studying politics as an undergrad
Loving adventure books
Female role models
Being inspired by her mum
Finally falling in love with running
Looking for a new adventure!
36hrs to run 100km….
Working in a corporate job for 5 years
Making the decision to quit her job and go in a new direction
Making the transition to a full time adventurer
Dealing with unhappiness and making changes to her life
Climbing Aconcagua in 2014 solo & unsupported!
Sexism while climbing mountains
Deciding to start AWExpeditions to empower women
Completing the 360 challenge in Aconcagua - 104km run around the mountain and up to the summit and then backdown… 47hrs & became the first woman to do it!
The mental element of the challenge
Dealing with uncertainly and the unknown obstacles and challenges
Training for challenges
Dealing with failure
Challenging days in the mountains
Holding the speed record on the Annapurna Circuit in 2017
Running in boots
Funding her lifestyle
The Summit Scholarship
Final words of advice - “Stop wishing - start planning”
Website - http://www.sunnystroeer.com
Travel Company @dreamlandsafari
AWExpeditions - Mountaineering expeditions and high altitude treks for women, by women.
Website - https://www.awexpeditions.org/about
Instagram - @awexpeditions
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