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    Heather Anderson


    Heather Anderson

    Hometown:Patton, Pennsylvannia

    Interests: Long Distance Hiking

    National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, Heather Anderson is the only woman who has completed the Appalachian, Pacific Crest and Continental Divide National Scenic Trails each three times. This includes her historic Calendar Year Triple Crown hike in 2018 when she hiked all three of those trails in one March-November season, making her the first female to do so.

    She holds the overall self-supported Fastest Known Time (FKT) on the Pacific Crest Trail (2013. She also holds the female self-supported FKT on the Appalachian Trail (2015), and the Arizona Trail (2016). She has logged over 40,000 foot miles since 2003 including 15 thru-hikes and many ultramarathons. She is also an avid mountaineer and peakbagger working on several ascent lists in the US and abroad.

    As a professional speaker, Heather speaks regularly about her adventures and the lessons learned on trail. She is the author of Thirst: 2600 Miles to Home (2019) chronicling her Pacific Crest Trail record and Mud, Rocks, Blazes: Letting Go on the Appalachian Trail (2021) about her 2015 AT record. Her upcoming guide (co-authored with Katie Gerber) to preparing for long distance hiking, Adventure Ready, will be released in 2022.

    National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, Endurance Adventurer, Trail Runner, Thru-Hiker, Author, Speaker and Ultimate Direction Fastest Known Time of the Year.


    Meet The Trail Blazing Thru Hiker Who Hiked 8,000 Miles in One Year, National Geographic, 2019 Adventurer of the Year

    Thru-Hiker Heather "Anish" Anderson's Big Year, Backpacker

    How Heather “Anish” Anderson Finished the Triple Crown in a Single Year, Backpacker

    On the Longest Hiking Trails, a Woman Finds Equal Footing, New York Times

    A Ghost Among Us, Backpacker