Nicki Bruckmann

Nicki is the Founder of Explorer Chick, a breaker of American Dreams, and the Head Instigator of SHE-nanigans.

Her background is eclectic with stints at Disney World, a small carnival supply import company in Cincinnati, a couple of wealth advisory firms, a classic Midwestern ranch dressing upbringing, and a degree in Accounting. Armed with these unseemly related experiences (both good and bad), she broke the American Dream and set out to completely reinvent herself at 32 and launch Explorer Chick.

Without the walls and cubes, her passion for the outdoors and life was rekindled to a full on love affair. She’s hiked in 43 states, high pointed 36 of them, explored 5 continents and over 15 countries. She is a climber of all things – she will proudly show off and hug her ice climbing tools. She’s a mountaineer, a cyclist, a terrible surfer, a jumper off of things into water, a sunset lover, a novice photographer, a serial road tripper, and an annual National Park Pass carrier. Her second home is Gertrude – her camper van that occasionally needs a hour long tow from remote locations with spotty cell service.

When she is home in Cincinnnati, you’ll find her cycling the local rail trail, falling off the wall at the bouldering gym, making her house a home, taking advantage of her kitchen, and squeezing in as much time as possible with her family and friends.

Ultimately, she is grateful to surround herself with strong women to experience personal growth in both body and mind. It’s Explorer Chicks and her Dream Team who inspire her to be a better version of herself!

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