Female amputee attempting record-breaking hike of Appalachian Trail

Niki Rellon, who lost her left leg below the knee 16 months ago, hopes to be the first female leg amputee to hike the entire Appalachian Trail. The trail is approximately 2,180 miles long. Rellon, who plans to finish in October, already has hiked about 700 miles. (WSLS)

BOTETOURT COUNTY (WSLS 10) – Thousands of people hike the entire Appalachian Trail each year and one of those is trying to break a record.

Niki Rellon wants to be the first female leg amputee to finish the trail. Rellon lost her leg 16 months ago in a repelling accident.

She fell down 40 feet on her left leg. She cracked her helmet, broke her pelvis and spine, and had to get her left foot amputated.

However a few months later she started training to hike the Appalachian Trail. As a former triathlete she felt compelled to do it.

“It’s tough of course,” says Rellon. “My leg after eight miles starts hurting bad and you have to be headstrong.”

She’s hiked about 700 miles so far and is expected to be finished in October.

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