Sunny Stroeer is a mountain athlete, endurance record holder, and advocate for female empowerment in the big mountain realm - but she is also a recovering strategy consultant and Harvard MBA turned full-time outdoorwoman.
Sunny’s passion is to push herself physically and mentally in the backcountry, in environments that push the limit of human ability without being terribly objectively dangerous - think non-technical high altitude peaks, steep big-wall rock climbs, and ultra-distance mountain trails. In between ultra efforts and big climbs, Sunny resides in Kanab, UT, where she and her husband co-own one of the region’s premier backcountry outfitters: Dreamland Safari Tours. Sunny also founded and manages AWExpeditions which runs regular women’s expeditions to high altitude peaks around the world.
- Iditarod Trail Invitational 350 Mile finisher, ski (2021)
- Grand Canyon R2R2R-alt women’s Fastest Known Time in 22 hours and 27 minutes (2020)
- TransQilian 100km overall speed record (2019)
- Ouray 100 Mile Endurance Race, first place women (2018)
- Pfiffner Traverse - 76 miles with 55,000ft of elevation change, overall unsupported speed record
- Aconcagua 360 Route - 65 miles with 33,000ft of elevation change, first woman to complete the route in a single push
- Annapurna Circuit - 136 miles with 66,000ft of elevation change, women’s speed record
- Aconcagua Normal Route Basecamp-to-Summit - 6 miles with ~9,000ft ascent, women’s speed record
I was a complete couch potato until my early twenties, and only started running trails because it seemed like an easy and cheap way to get fit. And I still really like hanging out on the couch during my off-season!
What are you looking forward to?
I look forward to continuing to challenge myself and push my limits in environments where I am not sure what to expect - like the South Pole! And to sharing many more summits and trails with Aurora Women’s Expeditions teams.
Tell us about an interesting trip/climb/expedition where you’ve taken your LOWAs:
I took my LOWA Maddox Los on a 32-day 685-mile thruhike of the Colorado Plateau in Utah, along a mostly cross-country route called the Hayduke Trail - what an amazing experience!