Sunny is a free spirit and adventurer. Formerly a hard-charging strategy consultant, she turned her back on material possessions and career shortly after turning 30 in order to live in an Astrovan so she could run and climb full-time instead.
Sunny's overarching passion is to be active and push her limits in the side- and backcountry, spanning a multitude of sports from big-wall climbs over multi-day paddling trips to 100 milers and everything in between. Her specialty is the high altitude endurance realm; she holds speed records on Aconcagua and on the Annapurna Circuit and has excelled on high trails in the Colorado Rockies.
As a storyteller, Sunny draws on her experiences and adventures as a professional mountain athlete to connect with her audience through captivating visuals and engaging presentations - focusing on topics such as transformation, goal setting, perseverance, female empowerment and systematic decision-making in high risk environments.
Sunny is a photographer for Aurora Photos whose images have appeared (among others) in National Geographic, Trailrunner Magazine, Outside Online, Forbes, and print ads for brands like adidas Outdoor and Metolius Climbing.
She holds the following outdoor certificates:
Wilderness First Responder
Level 2 AIARE Avalanche Rescue
Select Outside Mentions
National Geographic: First Woman Finishes Famed South American Mountain Route
Outside Online: Sunny Stroeer's FKT on Annapurna Circuit is Crazy
Outside Online: Meet The Fastest Woman You've Never Heard Of
REI Co-Op Journal: Relentless Forward Motion
Dirtbag Dreams: Friends, Feats, and the Subtle Mentor
Boulder Weekly: Not More, Just Better
Dirtbag Runners: Insights from Sunny Stroeer, our New Favorite (and Fastest!) Dirtbag
Sidetracked Magazine: Free Spirit – An Interview with Sunny Stroeer
San Miguel Rich List 2017: Trailblazer Sunny Stroeer
Poets and Quants: This Harvard MBA Quit Bain To Embrace #vanlife
Harvard Business School Alumni Bulletin: In My Humble Opinion: Career Peak
Revista Oxígeno: Nuevo récord de velocidad femenino al Aconcagua
Globetrotter Magazine: Aus der Höhenkammer zum Aconcagua
Merkur - GAP Tagblatt: Die Schnellste am Aconcagua
Himalayan Adventure Lab: New Women's FKT on Annapurna Circuit by Sunny Stroeer
Summits, Climbs & Trails
Summits, Climbs & Trails
Aconcagua (22841ft), Argentina - January & February 2018. First woman to complete the 100km+ 360 Route and summit in a single push.
Mera Peak (21247ft), Nepal - November 2017.
Aconcagua (22841ft), Argentina - January 2017. New female speed record from basecamp (Plaza de Mulas) to the summit in 8h47mins.
Kilimanjaro (19340ft), Tanzania - November 2016.
Surya Peak (16880ft), Nepal - November 2016.
Mt Shasta (14180ft), California - July 2016.
Grand Teton (13776ft), Wyoming - August 2015. Solo.
Mt Hood (11250ft), Oregon - August 2015. Solo.
Aconcagua (22841ft), Argentina - December 2014. Solo and unsupported.
Dom (14911ft), Switzerland - August 2013. Solo.
Cotopaxi (19347ft), Ecuador - December 2012.
Mt Shasta (14180ft), California - May 2012.
Island Peak (20305ft), Nepal - November 2011.
Other attempts / no summit: Kusum Kanguru - Nepal (2016), Cabeza de Condor - Bolivia (2013), Antisana - Ecuador (2013), Cayambe - Ecuador (2012), Chimborazo - Ecuador (2012).
Triple Direct, 5.9 C2 VI, El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, September 2019.
Touchstone Wall, 5.9 C2 V, Zion National Park, November 2018.
Washington Column South Face, 5.8 C1 V, Yosemite National Park, October 2018.
Time Wave Zero, 5.11 A0 III, El Potrero Chico, December 2017.
Lurking Fear, 5.7 C2 VI, El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, October 2017.
West Face of Leaning Tower, 5.7 C2 V, Yosemite National Park, July 2017.
Beckey-Chouinard, 5.10 A0 IV, Bugaboo Provincial Park, July 2016 and August 2017.
Virginia to Tangerine Trip A2+ 5.7 VI, El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, June 2016.
Spaceshot 5.7 C2 IV, Zion National Park, May 2016. Solo.
Moonlight Buttress 5.8 C1 V, Zion National Park, November 2014.
As well as numerous shorter multi-pitch routes and single pitch climbs across North America, Europe and Asia.
Trails, Journey Runs & Races
TransQilian 105KM overall FKT (20:59, 4hrs faster than the previous male course record)
Ouray 100M 2018 (44:46, 1st placed female)
Pfiffner Traverse 76M with 55.5k vertical feet - female FKT, July 2018.
Hayduke Trail, 685M (variation on 812M standard route), 32 days, April/May 2018.
Annapurna Circuit 136M with 66.6k vertical feet - new female speed record in 3days 23hrs 39mins, November 2017.
Bandera USATF 100KM Trail Championships 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016 (PR 12:50, 9th placed female in the championship race)
Ghosts of Yellowstone 100M 2014 (38:55, 3rd placed female)
Rocky Raccoon 50M 2014 (10:16)
Western States 100M 2013 (29:42)
Transvulcania 83KM 2013 (13:44)
Grand Canyon R2R2R 2013 & 2015 (PR 14:58)
Lean Horse 100M 2012 (23:52, 6th placed female)
Other runs: Gosaikunda-Kutumsang-Nagarkot journey run - Nepal, 3.5 days (2016); Jomolhari-Laya-Gasa journey run - Bhutan, 8 days (2015); Chimera 100M - California, DNF at mile 87 (2013); Diagonale des Fous 100M - La Reunion, DNF at kilometer 97 (2012).
Want to Work Together?
Want to Work Together?
“Your talk about transformation was a highlight not of my day but of my career.”
Liz Plosser, Editor in Chief of Women’s Health Magazine
‘Working with Sunny is a pleasure. Her strategic mindset and creative output are a winning combination. She’s been able to add value to each project through her unique point of view as a mountain athlete, strategic thinker, and content creator. Her pro-active approach to projects and on-time delivery of assets and feedback have been greatly appreciated.’ - Matt B., Marketing Director, Mountain Hardwear
'Working with Sunny on our VR film was an absolute pleasure. Not only was she the star of the film itself, but she went out of our way to help the team prepare for the arduous task of filming in the Swiss Alps by going out scouting the possible routes and taking pictures of potential locations. Her knowledge of the natural surroundings, the kit and equipment that we would need, and the challenges we might face were second to none and contributed significantly not only to the success of the shoot, but also to making the whole experience enjoyable for the crew on location. As a director, I found Sunny to be collaborative, open and honest, but also willing to take direction and push herself in order to provide us with the material we needed to make a great film.' - Darren E., Director, VR City
'Sunny is great to work with. Always brilliantly prepared and easy to talk to. She took us on a hike for a VR film and was amazing in making sure that our crew is alright even though we filmed her. Would always work with her again!' - Kristina N., Producer, VR City
'It was such a pleasure to meet you and appreciate you coming out to our weekend in Moab. You really brought so much inspiration to the event, and especially with your story you shared around the fire.' - Jenn K., Co-Founder, AndShesDopeToo
'Thank you so much for sharing your incredible story (and badass outlook on life!). You are a huge inspiration!!' - Michelle H., Rendezvous Participant, AndShesDopeToo
'(Sunny's) commitment to doing things right is extraordinary. Her quality bar is extremely high and she does whatever it takes to deliver against it. She is also very unselfish. She cares about her team and does everything in her power to help them succeed.' - Partner, Bain & Company