(Logan, UT – March 11, 2019 ) Altra Elite athlete and record-setting thru-hiker Heather Anderson, commonly known by her trail name Anish, was named a 2019 National Geographic “Adventurer of the Year”. Anderson and five other athletes were awarded this title thanks to their bold achievements, heart-stopping records and daring world firsts.
Anderson, 36, is the first female to complete the Triple Crown of Hiking in the same calendar year: the Pacific Crest Trail, the Continental Divide Trail and the Appalachian Trail. Adding to this impressive feat—8,000 miles in 251 days—she is the first female Triple Triple Crowner, meaning she’s hiked the PCT, CDT and AT three times each.
Anderson also currently holds three self-supported Fastest Known Times (FKT). In 2013, she set the self-supported FKT on the Pacific Crest Trail, hiking it in 60 days, 17 hours and 12 minutes, and breaking the men’s record by four days. In 2015, she set the women’s self-supported FKT on the Appalachian Trail with a time of 54 days, 7 hours and 48 minutes and in 2016, she set an FKT on the Arizona Trail with a completion time of 19 days, 17 hours and 9 minutes.
Anderson just published her first book, Thirst: 2600 Miles to Home, which chronicles her FKT on the Pacific Crest Trail. Her memoir covers the transformative rigors of the trails from pain, fear, loneliness and danger to conquering doubt, building confidence and truly discovering her potential. Thirst details Anderson’s athleticism and adventures, but also her courage in leaving a traditional life of a desk job and marriage for the mountains.
“Thirst: 2600 Miles to Home is about my record-setting FKT on the Pacific Crest Trail in 2013,” Anderson said. “I wrote this book because I wanted my story and what that hike meant to me to be told in my own words, rather than through the lens of others. Thirst is really dear to my heart. I’m happy to have brought it to fruition.”
Autographed copies of Anderson’s book Thirst: 2600 Miles to Home are available through this website, while unsigned copies are available anywhere books are sold.
Anderson’s shoe of choice to tackle trails and set FKT’s is Altra’s best-selling Lone Peak trail shoe. This lightweight medium-cushioned shoe is ideal for running, backpacking, hiking and outdoor adventures. The Lone Peak was voted the most popular shoe on the PCT and the AT for 2018 thanks to its excellent traction from a grippy outsole and multi-directional lugs, along with a breathable mesh upper and comfortable performance fit.
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