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Thirst - 2600 Miles to Home is for any outdoor adventurer

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Standing at the southern trail head of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2013, Heather Anderson knew she was about to start an ambitious trek — hiking the entire length of the PCT, from the Mexican border to the Canadian. For Anderson, using the trail name "Anish,"  this was going to be more than just a hard hike, this was an attempt to set a new "fastest known time", or FKT, record for hiking the entire length of the trail. Anderson tells the tale of her trek in her recently released book, Thirst - 2600 Miles to Home.


The story begins on day eight of her hike, with Anderson reaching 
HEATHER ANDERSON COLLECTION
  • Heather Anderson Collection
Mission Creek in southern California, a much needed water resupply point, and finding it dry. Having under-estimated her water consumption while hiking in the scorching heat, and without a reliable water source, Anderson pulls her SPOT emergency locator beacon and comes close to pressing the button and ending the trip.

Anderson at the Canadian border on the PCT - HEATHER ANDERSON COLLECTION
  • Heather Anderson Collection
  • Anderson at the Canadian border on the PCT

Telling you she doesn't push the button, and that she does indeed set a FKT of 60 days, 17 hours, and 12 minutes (do the math...that's a LOT of miles per day) won't be giving anything away, and it won't take anything away from this story. With a mixture of humor, angst and drama, Anderson — who has also hiked the entire lengths of the Continental Divide and the Appalachian Trails — weaves a story of perseverance, ambition and accomplishment.

At just over 200 pages the book is a quick read, and any outdoor adventurer — or or those with dreams of hiking one of the country's iconic long distance trails — will find it engrossing and satisfying.




Happy Trails!

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