Beautiful and deftly written and intimate and searing in its honesty, Anish’s is a quest to conquer the trail and her own inner darkness.
With humility and vulnerability, Heather ‘Anish’ Anderson reminds us that the most impressive feats of strength and endurance are entirely human endeavors, achieved one step at a time. Thirst takes the reader to the trail, but also to the heart.
How does someone go from an overweight high-schooler to a record-breaking endurance hiker? Certainly not by the conventional route. Averaging 40-plus miles a day, despite dehydration, sleep deprivation, and nighttime encounters with wild animals, Anderson simply never stops walking. Along the trail, she makes peace with her recent divorce and her decision to shuck societal pressure in order to live a non-traditional lifestyle. For her, a purposeful life means to dream big, live courageously, and move in sync with nature.
In an illuminating debut memoir about her solo, glass-ceiling and record-smashing thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail, Heather Anderson heralds the simple empowering act of putting one foot in front of another.
Early in her new memoir, Thirst, Heather "Anish" Anderson finds herself under the punishing sun on the Pacific Crest Trail, without water and debating whether to press the button on her emergency beacon. She keeps going—and that's the lesson at the core of the book. Keep going. Put one foot in front of the next.... Her message—be courageous and do what makes you happy. You're more capable than you might believe.
Cheryl Strayed became famous for Wild, her bestselling memoir of (mis)adventure as a novice backpacker on the Pacific Crest Trail. But that's only one third of hiking's "Triple Crown." By the age of 25, Heather Anderson—or "Anish," as she's known on the single-track—had already completed not only the PCT, but the Appalachian Trail and Continental Divide Trail, as well. She didn't get it out of her system, either; the experience sparked profound life changes spurred her on to even more feats, including FKTs (Fastest Known Times), ultramarathons, and another circuit of the Triple—achievements that compelled National Geographic to designate her their 2019 Adventurer of the Year.
With 28,000 miles to her name, National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Heather Anderson has made history on America's most iconic trails.... What makes [Heather] tick is nothing more than the determination to keep walking…that attitude applies whether the 36-year-old Anderson is seeking another hiking record or writing her book, Thirst: 2,600 Miles to Home.... The “thirst” of the title is both literal (she’s stuck without water on the Southern California desert sections of the trail in June) and metaphorical (the force that her keeps her pursuing thru-hiking records).
Thirst is the kind of book that sits in your bones. It makes you want to push harder at whatever it is you do. Anish is possibly the greatest athlete in the world, but she didn’t start that way. This book gives you hope and courage by showing that no matter who you are or where you are at now, you can do more.
Filled with ruminative self-reflection, soaring natural descriptions and delightful accounts of the gracious, life-sustaining "trail magic" of hiking culture, Thirst is a testament to human endurance, inspiring to hikers and non-hikers alike.
In no uncertain terms, Heather ‘Anish’ Anderson is a legend in the long-distance hiking community. Thirst delivers an emotional, inspiring, and beautifully written narrative about the achievement that first put her on this map.
Heather Anderson’s book is much like her extraordinary trail accomplishments: extremely personal yet universally inspiring. She exposes the value of following a path apart from the mainstream, and convinces readers of their own ability to unleash personal reserves of endurance to push beyond mental limitations and cultural expectations.
Thirst: 2,600 Miles to Home...draws from exhaustive journal entries written on the trail to track all 60 days, 17 hours, and 12 minutes of her record-setting PCT hike in captivating detail. But perhaps more impressive is the way it paints a complex portrait of the strong-willed yet vulnerable human being behind what seems like a superhuman feat.... A refreshingly candid account of how an average person can harness a steadfast determination to achieve the spectacular.
Just like Heather thru-hikes the PCT from Mexico to Canada, you will thru-read Thirst cover to cover for insight into her impressive accomplishments.
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