Sunny's Adventure Biography


Originally from Germany, Sunny grew up a book-loving couch potato. She spent her teens and early twenties as an academically-inclined and mostly physically inactive city girl. Outdoor adventure was always something she loved reading about - but something that other people did, not her. Yet when the chance presented itself during her sophomore year of college, Sunny went backpacking for the first time and was hooked. Over the next several years she gradually, stubbornly, transformed into an outdoor woman.

Once out of school Sunny spent several years chasing adventure as a passionate weekend warrior - first as a finance professional and later as a strategy consultant. Every Friday, Sunny would head out into the mountains or desert to climb, run, ski or hike that next big mountain but soon realized that the lifestyle was both exhausting and expensive to sustain; so she decided to make a change.

At the end of 2015 Sunny quit her business job, gave up her apartment and moved into a 2002 Chevy Astro Van to run, climb, and play in the outdoors wherever the road might take her. She’s since set speed records across the great mountain ranges of the world (including records on 22,838ft Aconcagua and around Annapurna) and even won a 100 mile mountain trail race at home in the Colorado Rockies.

Today she’s making a living as a professional adventure photographer, expedition leader and sponsored athlete. She is also the founder and lead guide at Aurora Women’s Expeditions, a Boulder-based expedition business with the objective of introducing more women to the high altitude arena. You can find out more at

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