Heather, known as Anish on trails, completed her “Triple Crown” of Backpacking in 2006 at the age of 25. She completed the 2,100 mile long Appalachian Trail in 2003, the 2,600 mile long Pacific Crest Trail in 2005, and the ~2,600 mile long Continental Divide Trail in 2006. She subsequently took up ultra-marathon running, and has completed six 100 mile races since August 2011 as well as dozens of 50k and 50 mile events. She has attempted the infamous Barkley Marathons three times, starting a third loop once. When not logging trail miles she climbs peaks in the Pacific Northwest and around the world.
She is well known for setting the overall self-supported Fastest Known Time (FKT) speed record on the Pacific Crest Trail in 2013 (60 days, 17 hours, 12 min), breaking the previous men's record by four days and establishing the first female record. In 2015 she once again made FKT history, setting the overall self-supported FKT on the Appalachian Trail (54 days, 7 hours, 48 minutes) also breaking the men's record by four days and the female record by 26 days. Most recently (October 2016) she set the overall self-supported FKT on the 800 mile Arizona Trail (19 days 17 hours 9 minutes) breaking the previous men's record by about 2 days and establishing the female record.
When not on an adventure Heather is an online coach and ACE certified Personal Trainer. She also speaks about her adventures regularly and is currently working on a book chronicling her Pacific Crest Trail record.
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