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Heather “Anish” Anderson

Anish HikesMentor, Heather “Anish” Anderson has the PCT fresh in her memory. Not only did she thru-hike the PCT this past summer, she set the self supported speed record by hiking the trail in 60 days, 17 hours and 12 minutes! Anish thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail solo (2003), her first long backpacking trip, and thru-hiked the Pacific Crest (2005) and Continental Divide (2006) trails with a partner. She’s worked for the National Park Service in Glacier National Park, and has hiked extensively in the Pacific Northwest and the Southwest, and runs ultramarathons all over the country. We’re excited to have her as a mentor and she’s stoked to help out! See all of our mentors at www.yamamountaingear.com/mentors/ Anish Hikes


Run, Hike, Live, Love: Gear Reviews from the 2013 PCT FKT: Part 2

Anish HikesGear Review part 2 by Heather “Anish” Anderson’s speed record breaking thru hike in 2013

Run, Hike, Live, Love: Gear Reviews from the 2013 PCT FKT: Part 2.


Run, Hike, Live, Love: Gear Reviews from the 2013 PCT FKT: Part 1

A thru-hike always puts gear and clothing to the ultimate test. Daily use for months on end is more than most items are manufactured for. During my speed hike I added the quantity of hours per day used to that equation. Since I never took a day off and seldom stopped for breaks most of my gear was under constant bombardment except the 5 hours a night I was sleeping. Therefore the pieces of gear that stood out as all stars I can highly recommend. Other pieces I wasn’t as happy with. However, keep in mind that these reviews are only about how these things worked for me. Every person is different, has different needs, a different hiking style, and may have different results. Analyze my kudos and complaints in light of how they would apply to your hike/hiking style. This is not an exhaustive list of my gear, just the items I feel deserve a review and/or people frequently ask about.

Run, Hike, Live, Love: Gear Reviews from the 2013 PCT FKT: Part 1.


PCT speed record is shattered twice | Pacific Crest Trail Association

Josh GarrettIn remarkable feats of endurance hiking, Josh Garrett and Heather “Anish” Anderson are reported to have broken the overall Pacific Crest Trail speed record this week. They hiked separately, with Heather finishing first with a time of 60 days and 17 hours and 12 minutes. Josh finished the next day with a time of 59 days and 8 hours and 14 minutes*. We’re in awe of their achievements and applaud them both.

The previous speed record of 64 days, 11 hours and 19 minutes was set by famed thru-hiker Scott Williamson in 2011.

Heather AndersonHeather left the southern border June 8 at 6:30 a.m. and reached Canada Wednesday at 11:42 p.m. She averaged nearly 44 miles per day. She previously hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 2005.

Josh left the southern terminus June 10 at noon and reached the northern terminus on Thursday at 8:14 p.m. He averaged nearly 45 miles per day. He previously hiked the PCT in 2009.

Josh hiked in support of vegan lifestyle choices, an animal cruelty-free world and the charity Mercy for Animals. “I’m vegan because I love animals, and they suffer so needlessly on factory farms and slaughterhouses, when a vegan diet provides everything we need for good health, strength, and endurance,” he said. “As much as I would have enjoyed taking my time on this hike, I wanted to be a good example and make a point.”

Heather describes her younger years as marked by insecurity: “I hated my body and myself.” She graduated high school weighing 200 pounds, only to lose the weight and find purpose when she discovered hiking. “I met something that would forever change my life: a trail. I was enthralled. Trails took me on the adventures I craved and to beautiful, wondrous, wild places. I lost my heart and soul…and eventually 70 lbs…to the trails.”

PCTA does not officially validate, nor verify, records. They’re fraught with arguable points and are difficult to authenticate. However, we know an amazing feat when we see one. On behalf of the entire trail community, we applaud Josh and Heather and all the others who have and will continue to push themselves to new heights on our very special trail.

* Friday afternoon, Josh provided us with a corrected time of 59 days and 8 hours and 14 minutes (he reached northern monument at 8:14 p.m.) instead of what was previously reported.

PCT speed record is shattered twice | Pacific Crest Trail Association.