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What an amazing day!  Nikki logged in nearly 70 miles on Day 1 of her Long Trail expedition, running from 6 in the morning until just after 2am at night. The film crew and support team caught up with her as she came in to camp near Smuggler’s Notch, which is at the base of Mt. Mansfield, the tallest mountain in Vermont.

To re-fuel, Nikki downed a classic All-American meal — a cheeseburger topped with bacon — before heading to bed in the back of the truck with plans to wake up three hours later at 5:30am.  Day 2 will start with a 3000+ ft climb, as she and pacer Jenny Pierce scramble up ladders and dodge crevasses while making their way up to The Chin of Mt. Mansfield.

Pacers report that Nikki’s incredibly optimistic on the trail and feeling strong. So far her pace is ahead of the current record holder.

Check out some photos below from the evening, and stay tuned for updates from Day 2 of the expedition!  ~ Jaime

Trailhead sign at Eden Crossing, approximately 29 miles in to the trail from the Northern Terminus

 

Blister maintenance from the support team at Eden Crossing

The crew pours over the map to figure out the location of the next aid station on the trail

The crew pours over the map to figure out the location of the next aid station on the trail

Off with the shoes and down with the burger at 2:30am at Smugg's

Off with the shoes and down with the burger at 2:30am at Smugg's

 

3 comments

  1. Beth Gregory on August 14th, 2012

    Way to go, Nikki! Very excited for you!

  2. Kim Kakerbeck on August 14th, 2012

    What an awesome goal, good luck and best to you!

  3. Betsy & Rick Smith on August 15th, 2012

    C’mon Nikki, we are following you and rooting for you all the way !!
    Go Girl !!

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