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Heather “Anish” Anderson

Hometown:  Perrinton, MI


Heather, known as Anish on trails, is the second female to complete the “Double Triple Crown of Backpacking”–completing the Appalachian, Pacific Crest and Continental Divide National Scenic Trails each twice. She also holds overall self-supported Fastest Known Times (FKT’s) 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–and the Arizona Trail (2016) which she completed in 19 days, 17 hours, 9 minutes. She also holds the female self-supported FKT on the Appalachian Trail (2015) in a time of 54 days, 7 hours, 48 minutes.

She has hiked over 20,000 miles since 2003 including 10 thru-hikes:

  • Appalachian Trail in 2003 and 2015
  • Pacific Crest Trail in 2005 and 2013
  • Continental Divide Trail in 2006 and 2017
  • John Muir Trail in 2005
  • Wonderland Trail in 2010
  • Arizona Trail in 2016
  • Oregon Desert Trail in 2017

She 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.

When not on an adventure Heather is an ACE certified Personal Trainer who coaches online. She also speaks regularly about her adventures and is currently working on a book chronicling her Pacific Crest and Appalachian Trail records (due out 2019).

Favorite Sawyer Product and Why:

Sawyer Mini. It’s simple, light, and perfect for running and hiking adventures of any length.

Favorite Outdoor Location:

Any place wild.

One Piece of Advice or Something You've Learned Spending So Much Time Outdoors:

There is beauty in every landscape.

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