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!