Friday August 11th starting at 6.30 am busses were running from Camp Ripan in Kiruna to the start of the Fjällräven Classic in Nikkaluokta. There was quite a long queue and I had to wait probably a good hour before I could get on a bus. It was fine, there was still plenty of time and the sun was out to warm our faces. I was in the first start group starting the trail at 9 am. I don’t hike that quickly, so I figured I’d better get started as early as possible, so I’d have as much time as possible! Once I arrived in Nikkaluokta, I weighed my pack. I’d gotten my base weight down to a decent weight (my tent was only 960 grams, for instance), but with all the food and snacks I had to bring, I still ended up with a pack of 17 kg. Way more than I had planned, but what can you do. After a bit more waiting, some restless pacing, the excited crowd started counting down. And off we went!
2 thoughts on “At the start in Nikkaluokta”
At least the weight would drop as you ate your supplies.
Yep, that’s true! Luckily my backpack was quite ‘comfy’ and had a good fit so it didn’t feel too crazy on my back. Plus, I had trekking poles that helped as well. It was just a bit of a ‘shock’ I had that much weight when I tried to get my base weight down.