For our second annual Read & Share, we have selected Heather “Anish” Anderson’s memoir of adventure and discovery, Thirst: 2600 Miles to Home. Read the thru-hiking legend’s thrilling, reflective story of her self-supported Fastest Known Time (FKT) on the Pacific Crest Trail (60 days, 17 hours, 12 minutes). Then, join us for virtual author events, Oct. 1-10 via Zoom.
We are honored to host Heather for virtual author events this fall. Read more about the 2019 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year below.
Thursday, October 1
Read & Share 2020 kicks off with this inspiring presentation by Thirst author, Heather Anderson. Choose your own path in life. Heather has pursued her dreams both on trail and off, despite setbacks, failures, and societal pressures. Expect an hour of inspiration through the lens of thru-hiking. Registration required. Zoom link will be sent to participants one day prior to the event.
Saturday, October 3
Are you dreaming of backpacking a long-distance trail? Tune in to hear Heather Anderson talk about the realities of thru-hiking and gain tips to help you prepare. Ample time for Q&A will be included. Registration required. Zoom link will be sent to participants one day prior to the event.
Tuesday, October 6
Women are well suited to backpacking, yet many women have concerns about hygiene, safety, and physical challenges. Hear answers to common concerns. Registration required. Zoom link sent to participants one day prior to the event.
Thursday, October 8
Stories and readings from Heather “Anish” Anderson’s first book, Thirst: 2600 Miles to Home, tell the backstory of her first Fastest Known Time and life lessons she learned along the way. Registration required. Zoom link sent to participants one day prior to event.
Saturday, October 10
In this final presentation, Heather will weave stories and experiences from the trail into a compelling storyline. Join us for an inspiring hour of entertainment to close out the 2020 Read & Share. Registration required. Zoom link will be sent to participants one day prior to the event.
Wednesday, October 21
All are welcome! Register if interested a Zoom link will be sent to registrants two days before the event. Accommodations can be made for joining by phone.
When not on an adventure, Heather Anderson—known as Anish on trails—speaks regularly about her adventures and the lessons learned on trail. She is the author of Thirst: 2600 Miles to Home (chronicling her Pacific Crest Trail record). A second book is due out in early 2021.
In its review of Thirst, Shelf Awareness wrote: “She was wedded to the mountains, fully alive only in wild places, and this was enough. Beautiful and deftly written and intimate and searing in its honesty, Anish’s is a quest to conquer the trail and her own inner darkness.”
National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, Heather Anderson became the second female to complete the “Double Triple Crown of Backpacking” in 2017. This entails completing the Appalachian, Pacific Crest and Continental Divide National Scenic Trails each twice. In 2018 she simultaneously became the first female Triple Triple Crowner and the first female Calendar Year Triple Crowner when she hiked all three of those trails in one March-November season.
She also holds the overall self-supported Fastest Known Time (FKT) on the Pacific Crest Trail (2013)–hiking it in 60 days, 17 hours, 12 min, which broke the previous men’s record by four days and established the first female record. She also holds the female self-supported FKT on the Appalachian Trail (2015) in a time of 54 days, 7 hours, 48 minutes, and the Arizona Trail (2016) which she completed in 19 days, 17 hours, 9 minutes. She has hiked over 30,000 miles since 2003 including 14 thru-hikes.
Heather Anderson is also an ultra-marathon runner and has completed six 100-mile races since August 2011 as well as dozens of 50k and 50-mile events. She has attempted the infamous Barkley Marathons four times, starting a third loop once. She is also an avid mountaineer and peakbagger working on several ascent lists in the US and abroad.