Nika Meyers

 

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  Ever since I was a little child I have tried to spend countless hours outside no matter where I am. Thru hiking changed me, my values, and how I relate to people and my surroundings. It helps remind me that I am so very small, can control so very little, yet can dream so big. I am humbled by trails and the trail community where caring for others and ‘paying it forward’ is a way of life. Along over 9,000 miles of trail I am known as Early Bird; a mountain fairy darting among the trees and rocks, doing long days, and letting my wild spirit fly free.

Read below for some of the adventures I have found myself on and a link to my current gear list.


 

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- triple crown -

The Triple Crown of hiking is one heck of an experience. It is comprised of walking the three longest National Scenic Trails in America: the 2,600+ mile Pacific Crest Trail, 3,000+ mile Continental Divide Trail and the 2,100+ mile Appalachian Trail. In total the trails cross 22 states, gain 1 million vertical feet, range in elevation from 124 to14,505 feet above sea level, and vary in summer temperatures from the single digits to the hundreds.

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Pacific crest trail - 2014

April 9th - August 9 (NoBo) - 122 days

This trail was magic in the most raw way. I still don't know how to describe it in words even though I think about it all the time and can remember almost the entire trail in vivid details. I found something out there along the dusty trail, amazing strangers, and my filthy body that gave me the confidence to be wild and true to being my honest self. 

The PCT is a 2,600 mile long trail that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon, and Washington. Fore more information visit the Pacific Crest Trail Association Website.

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continental divide trail - 2016

May 5th - September 11 (NoBo) - 128 days, 11 hrs

It was an incredible journey that tested me mentally and physically and let me glimpse into the lives and landscapes of parts of this country I never knew existed.

The CDT is a ~3,000 mile trail from Mexico to Canada through New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. For more information visit the Continental Divide Trail Coalition website.

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appalachian trail - 2018

April 28 - July 16 (NoBo) - 78 days, 16 hrs

My heart was full and wild. It was magic.

The AT is a ~2,200 mile trail from Georgia to Maine through Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. For more information visit the Appalachian Trail Conservancy website.

Continental Divide Trail, 2016 

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adventures

Creating moments that I will remember forever.

 
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Arizona Trail - 2019

April 17 - May 7, 20 days, 4 hrs
This trail was incredibly diverse and full of unexpected moments. I celebrated and explored a new part of the country with the spring wild things and Koolaid. This trail brought a new level of physical and mental challenge to our bodies.

The Arizona Trail is an ~800 mile trail that runs from the Mexico/USA boarder to the Utah/Arizona border across the backbone of Arizona. For more information visit the Arizona Trail Association website.

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Long trail - 2012

October -November, 13 days
Never having backpacked, I set out at the end of October with two weeks off from work and lots of borrowed gear. My hiking companion Squirrel and I stood at the Canadian boarder and looked south towards Massachusetts. Even through I had grown up in the state of Vermont, I realized just how much I didn't know about the Green Mountain State and how rugged the terrain right out my back door really is. We ran out of food, laughed uncontrollably, shivered in icy rain, and learned about our dreams. 

The Long Trail is the oldest long distance hiking trail is the USA and traverses across the State of Vermont from the Canada to Massachusetts for 272 miles. For more information visit the Green Mountain Club website. 

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rim-2-rim-2-rim - 2018

November, 49 miles
This place is magic and I can’t wait to explore more. To celebrate Greg’s 30th birthday we decided to do an epic day.

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trail running

Trail running has given me the opportunity to learn places, create routes, connect memories, and find the strength in myself that sometimes goes missing.

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skiing

The snow in the mountains creates incredible landscapes for so much for the year. Instead of wearing trail runners, I strap on nordic or downhill skis to experience these magical places.