Dani Reyes-Acosta - Athlete, advocate, and storyteller rewriting the narrative of who plays outside


Renata Chlumska  - Adventure athlete who became the first Swedish and Czech woman to climb Mount Everest and in 2005 did a circumnavigate of the lower 48 States of the United States by her own power.

Dani is a storyteller, strategist, advocate, and professional big mountain athlete redefining who plays outside and how we build community with others on this planet.

Originally from Southern California, she has traveled through Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Andorra, Canada, and the USA building her craft as a split board mountaineer (plus climber, surfer, and runner) since 2014, when she graduated from corporate life with a one-way ticket to South America.

Ever since then, she's worked to build a life AND career she loves, in spite of setbacks, naysayers, and building everything from scratch.



Her goal?

To inspire individual action and collective communion through self-care and self-determination found in the outdoors.

“I want to find the limits of my possible—whether in the mountains, my creative work, or as a strategist—and travel into the higher reaches of the world that vests me with this power. To grow as individuals, communities, and a society, I think we need to embrace discomfort. This is how we evolve.” - Dani Reyes-Acosta

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Show notes

  • Who is Dani

  • Growing into adventure

  • Not taking the typical path

  • Her dreams as a little girl

  • Going to college and combing her love of the sea with her desire to give back to the world

  • Studying Marine Biology

  • Growing up in a strict catholic family

  • Wanting to connect with the bigger world around her

  • How her career evolved

  • Deep dive into how she got to where she is now

  • Wanting to start a non profit in South America

  • Being burnt out from university

  • Getting into marketing

  • Dealing with the economic crash of 2008

  • Starting to work for Nike in 2012

  • Having to make a decision about adventure

  • Deciding to become a mountain person

  • Work hard and play hard

  • Using meet-up.com to connect with people

  • Not knowing anyone in Oregon

  • How her life got consumed by work in her late 20s

  • Exiting an unhealthy relationship in 2013

  • Turning her life upside down in 2014

  • Buying a one way ticket to South America

  • Buying a car

  • Spending 9 months driving around

  • Why deciding on South America

  • Setting new goals and new priorities

  • The life that everyone else is impressed with

  • Putting pen to paper

  • Setting new goals

  • Making goals apart of her process

  • Talking money and making money from your passions

  • Having a broken knee

  • Van life realities

  • Follow along with the journey

  • Final words of advice

Social Media

Website danireyesacosta.com

Instagram @notlostjustdiscovering

Facebook @notlostjustdiscovering


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