For our second annual Read & Share, we have selected Heather “Anish” Anderson’s memoir of adventure and discovery, Thirst: 2600 Miles to Home. Heather’s story of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, the Continental Divide Trail and the Appalachian Trail – the Triple Crown of backpacking – and her record of self-supported Fastest Known Time (FKT) on the Pacific Crest Trail (60 days, 17 hours, 12 minutes) is both thrilling and reflective.
We are honored to have Heather Anderson visiting our Whatcom County libraries this fall. Check out her book and watch for author events to be announced here.
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.