On September 24, 2015, Heather “Anish” Anderson set the new speed record for a self-supported thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, becoming the first person ever to simultaneously hold the record for both the AT and PCT.
Last February, I had the pleasure of meeting and hiking a bit with Anish at a Gossamer Gear gathering in Moab, Utah. I found her one of the most humble, hard-core, and driven athletes I have ever met Her bright eyes and beautiful smile are inspiring for anyone she meets.
There are many articles out there documenting her amazing record: the stats, the story, her struggles and triumphs. Here are a few of my very favorites: