The Team behind AWE


Sunny Stroeer - Founder & trip leader

Sunny started leading multi-day backcountry trips in the mid-2000s as a student at Harvard College. She went on to obtain an MBA from Harvard Business School and pursue a career as a management consultant while simultaneously expanding her climbing and mountaineering skill set. At the end of 2015, Sunny decided to leave behind the business world in order to focus full-time on climbing and running mountains. Today, she is a professional mountain athlete with multiple speed records on Aconcagua, the Annapurna Circuit, and in the Colorado Rockies. Sunny is a Wilderness First Responder and an AIARE Level II avalanche professional. You can find out more about her over at


Paul Gagner - logistics manangement & basecamp support

Paul is Sunny’s husband, and a prolific climber with four decades of expedition experience around the world. While Paul’s speciality rests with big wall climbing in North America, his mountaineering resume includes Denali via the South Face (3rd ascent of the Haston-Scott route), Cerro Torre, Fitzroy, and attempts on 21,184ft Baghirathi III.

Paul heads up logistics management for most AWE climbs and provides remote basecamp and communications support.

If you’re curious to learn more about Paul, check out this Gripped Magazine story:
That Time Inuit Hunters Rescued Starving Climbers.


Tara Miranda
accomplished adventurer, 100 mile ultra runner and assistant leader for AWE x Aconcagua!

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Dr. Gudrun Ströer
practicing physician of forty years with first-hand high altitude and expedition experience; AWE’s medical advisor


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