Niki Rellon "Bionic Woman" Lost a Leg & Hiked the Appalachian Trail

Niki Rellon & Kestrel Falwell at the end of Niki's hike, 12-27-15 ~ Photo courtesy of Kestrel Falwell

Niki Rellon & Kestrel Falwell at James River Bridge, Snowden, VA: the end of Niki's hike, 12-27-15 ~ Photo courtesy of Kestrel Falwell

Niki Rellon -- Bionic Woman -- finished her fantastic quest to hike the Appalachian Trail from end to end on December 27, 2015. Her AT adventure would not sound too outrageous considering her previous feats, if not for one detail.

Here's an excerpt from our 8-13-15 story on Niki:

I was a triathlete, a paramedic, kick-boxing champion, solo Pacific Trail thru-hiker, ski instructor and climber.

On Friday, November 1, 2013, I fell while rappelling in Utah. I broke my pelvis, spine, and shattered my left foot. The damage was so severe they had to amputate my foot. The pain and depression required medication. Then came the need for meds and the troubles that caused.

I am young. I am a woman. My name is Niki Rellon.

Niki Rellon finished the AT on December 27, 2015 ~ Photo courtesy of Niki's Facebook page

Niki Rellon finished the AT at the James River Bridge in Snowdon, VA on 12-27-15 ~ Niki's Facebook page

Articles about Niki all refer to "the first amputee to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail." Her story, however, is less about the number of her limbs as it about how she maximized what remained after a life-crippling accident.

This indefatigable whirlwind with a German accent hit the Trail and she brought out the best in people all along the way. Niki's story is not about one heroine. She created heroes and heroines, mile after inspiring mile.

Niki's story is about "if she can tackle her dreams and overcome her obstacles, why can't I?"

We salute you, Niki! Live long and prosper! Never give up ... if not for your sake, for ours.

What's next for Niki Rellon? Here's what she posted on her Facebook page on December 29th:

Made it yesterday back ... from Glasgow VA, to ... Brunswick GA ! Planning to fly ... to Miami, to get my BMW Bike out off storage to ride it back out West!

In between I will start writing my Book : Niki Rellon : My Walk to Recovery on the Appalachian Trail !

Special Thanks to all ... of you who helped me along the 9.5 month long incredible, painful, awesome, challenging, walk to recovery journey! Thank you ! Thank you ! Thank you !


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Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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