Heather "Anish" Anderson
National Geographic Adventurer of the year, Heather Anderson—known as Anish on trails— simultaneously became the first female Triple Triple Crowner and the first female Calendar Year Triple Crowner in 2018 when she hiked the entire Appalachian, Pacific Crest and Continental Divide National Scenic Trails in one March-November season.
She also holds the overall self-supported Fastest Known Time (FKT) 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. She also holds the female self-supported FKT on the Appalachian Trail (2015) in a time of 54 days, 7 hours, 48 minutes, and the Arizona Trail (2016) which she completed in 19 days, 17 hours, 9 minutes.
She has hiked over 30,000 miles since 2003 including 14 thru-hikes:
- Appalachian Trail in 2003, 2015, and 2018
- Pacific Crest Trail in 2005, 2013, and 2018
- Continental Divide Trail in 2006, 2017, and 2018
- John Muir Trail in 2005
- Wonderland Trail in 2010
- Arizona Trail in 2016
- Oregon Desert Trail in 2017
- Bartram Trail in 2019
She is also an avid mountaineer and peakbagger working on several ascent lists in the US and abroad.
When not on an adventure Heather speaks regularly about her adventures and the lessons learned on trail. She is the author of Thirst: 2600 Miles to Home (chronicling her Pacific Crest Trail record). Her second book, Mud, Rocks, Blazes: Letting Go on the Appalachian Trail, is due out in early 2021.