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Thirst - 2600 Miles to Home is for any outdoor adventurer 

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  • Heather Anderson Collection
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 
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  • 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.

click to enlarge 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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