She was born and raised in Germany and came to the US to attend college + business school at Harvard. "You may not think so by looking at what I do today, but I was a complete couch potato until my early twenties which is when I picked up running in order to manage my weight and get fitter." She worked as a strategy consultant until the end of 2015, then quit her job to run and climb full-time (if you’re curious, you can follow her!). She and her husband @clmbrlifr are currently roaming the American Southwest as athletes, outdoor photographers and "unapologetic dirtbags." 😂 "When I am not running or climbing I like to spread the stoke by delivering the occasional lecture, and by working on ZeroTo100." . 🌿What sports and activities do you enjoy? "I am an all-around mountain athlete - my first loves are trail running and technical climbing, but I also like to ice climb and backcountry ski. The high altitude endurance realm is where I am strongest: I’ve set multiple speed records on 22,838ft Aconcagua in Argentina, around the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal, and on high routes in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains." . 🌿Who is your favorite female athlete and why? "That’s an easy one: Libby Sauter. Libby is amazing; not just because she holds the women’s speed record on the Nose (arguably the most famous bigwall climb in the world) or because her day job is saving the lives of babies in developing countries, but because of her outlook on life. Libby is incredibly good at setting massively difficult goals in disciplines that she is not a pro at, and then overcoming difficulties and sometimes repeated failure in figuring out how to achieve these goals." . 🌿What keeps you motivated to continue to be active and play? "I am actually really terrible at disciplined repetitive training, but I feel better - stronger, healthier, more focused and happier - when I am active and push myself in the outdoors. That’s a pretty strong motivating factor for me to stay off the couch! Also, life is simply more interesting when I’m out there.. and I’m always curious about what’s around the next corner."
"In short: I stay motivated because of curiosity and the desire to celebrate life rather than just letting it pass by."