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.
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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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