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. Since quitting her job Sunny competed in the USA Track and Field 100km trail ultramarathon championships, soloed an 800ft big wall in Zion, completed an unsupported 8 day standup paddle board trip on Lake Powell, and set a new women’s speed record on Aconcagua. But mostly she just enjoys waking up with the sun, making a big cup of joe and dreaming up new adventures! She’s now making a living as a professional adventure photographer, expedition guide and sponsored athlete.
On The Road, Anywhere
High-altitude mountaineering, mountain running, and adventure climbing
The Haute Route
Walking (most of) the Haute Route with my mom. The Haute Route is a 180km
through-hike of the French and Swiss Alps, starting in Chamonix and ending in
Zermatt; it includes about a dozen big passes with 15,000ft of ascent, is
considered one of Europe’s most beautiful classic long-distance hikes.
Spending two weeks deep in the Canadian Rockies to introduce my boyfriend to
the granite climbing mecca that is the Bugaboos. To avoid a long and arduous
resupply we hiked in all of our camping gear, climbing kit and 13 days’ worth of
food in a single go - across multiple glaciers, 5000ft of ascent, and some nasty
sketchy scree slopes. Thanks Backpacker’s Pantry for kitting us out with
Grand Staircase Escalante and Glen Canyon
Going on a multi-day, multi-sport backcountry adventure to explore Grand
Staircase Escalante and Glen Canyon NRA with two of my girlfriends. We ran
trails, descended canyons, backpacked, camped, and standup paddled for four
days. Nothing quite like sleeping on an inflatable SUP under the stars after
you’ve carried it across four dry, difficult miles of slick rock desert.
In January/February 2018 I am returning to Aconcagua for my third season on
the mountain. At 22,838ft, Aconcagua is one of the Seven Summits and also the
highest mountain outside Asia. I set a women’s speed record on it last season, but
am returning both to guide a team up the Normal Route as well as to attempt
another speed ascent.
Hayduke Trail (812 miles)
In the spring of 2018, I am planning to thru-hike the 812 mile Hayduke trail that
connects many of the Southwest’s national parks and national monuments. The
creators of the trail averaged about six miles per day when they first established
the route… I’m hoping to do it quite a bit faster!
Alaska’s Ruth Gorge
In early summer 2018 I am hoping to spend a few weeks in Alaska’s Ruth Gorge
to tick off a handful of alpine climbs with my boyfriend. I’ve been out to the Ruth
Gorge before but didn’t get a chance to get on any rock climbs when I was there -
can’t wait to get back there.
Sunny's Favorite Climbing Meals
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Sunny's meal preparation hacks
As far as food hacks go, it's all about the extra "add-ins." I often add olive oil for extra calories.