Dani Reyes-Acosta likes to say the mountains have her heart, but the ocean owns her soul. Born in Santa Monica, California, she spent the first 15 years of her life as a beach girl. Surfing, biking, and swimming dominated her childhood in Playa del Rey—but her family’s annual trips to the Sierra Nevada showed her that the mountains could help her find the limits of her possible. An extended expedition to South America in 2014 gave her a taste of the alpine that she would never forget.
Building her mountain craft by splitboarding, climbing, and peak bagging missions throughout Andorra, Argentina, Canada, Chile, Mexico, Peru, and the USA, she constantly taps into the work ethic and boundless energy of her parents. Adopting a nomadic lifestyle to support her big mountain dreams, Dani believes that minimalism and community are the keys to wellness and connection. In addition to being a storyteller, Dani is also a strategist: She works as a brand and marketing consultant, speaker, and teacher to connect people to themselves, the great outdoors, and their wildest dreams that they never thought possible.
La Chiminea- Region X, Chile)
Volcán Lonquimay- Región de la Araucanía, Chile
Mt. Lassen- Shasta, CA
Decker Glacier- Squamish, BC
Mt. Dana- Mono, CA
Tungstar Bowls- Mono, CA
Broken Thumb- Jackson, WY
Chuter Buck- Jackson, WY
Turkey Chute- Jackson, WY
Dani believes that we are as much of the Earth as we are on the earth, and dedicates her work and volunteer time to building communities that believe in social innovation, positive change, and a just transition. As an adventurer and traveler, she shares stories that explore how identity and heritage can be understood through new experiences, unexpected moments, and overcoming adversity.
In her essays and creative writing, she calls readers in to explore what adventure means to them—and to find empowerment in the practice of personal mastery, every day. As a teacher, she helps others tap into their own best creative selves with workshops around owning their narrative. Dani also currently volunteers as an Adaptive Ski Instructor with Achieve Tahoe and occasional trail builder with several organizations in California and Colorado.