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IllegalPete
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Heather "Anish" Anderson begins her quest for a Calendar Year Triple Crown (CYTC)
I know there are a handful of hikers here, even a few thru hikers (one shared his trail journal a few years ago, can't remember his name, but it was a great read).

Heather Anderson, goes by Anish on the trail, set out this week on a calendar year triple crown. This means thru hiking the AT (Appalachian Trail, ~2,200 mi), the CDT (Continental Divide Trail, ~3,100 mi), and PCT (Pacific Crest Trail, ~ 2,700 mi) in a calendar year.

It is quite the accomplishment to hike just one of these trails in a year, the average person taking 4-6 months for a single trail.

Anish first thru hiked the AT in 2003, and since then has completed all 3 of the Triple Crown trails (AT, CDT, PCT) twice and several other long trails in between.

In 2015 she broke the AT unsupported FKT (Fastest Known Time) completing the 2,200 miles in 54 days and change, averaging 42 mi/day.

In 2013 she broke the PCT unsupported FKT completing the 2,700 miles in 60 days and change.


Her blog

Her IG page, which she updates every day or two


This isn't the typical Travel Board thread but I thought there may be a few who would be intrigued by something like this, either the nature photography or the long distance hiking/backpacking.



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re: Heather "Anish" Anderson begins her quest for a Calendar Year Triple Crown (CYTC)
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In 2015 she broke the AT unsupported FKT (Fastest Known Time) completing the 2,200 miles in 54 days and change, averaging 42 mi/day.


Holy crap.

Did she do it GA to ME or reverse?


IllegalPete
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re: Heather "Anish" Anderson begins her quest for a Calendar Year Triple Crown (CYTC)
It looks like her AT fkt in 2015 was SOBO, Katahdin (ME) to Springer (GA), starting on 7/30.

Her PCT fkt in 2013 was NOBO, Mexico to Canada, starting on 6/8.

Her current AT hike is NOBO, started at Springer a few days ago, entered NC yesterday.




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Nodust
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re: Heather "Anish" Anderson begins her quest for a Calendar Year Triple Crown (CYTC)
SHe is a machine. Ran into her on the Colorado trail last year. She was hurt and still left me behind.

I believe she was trying for the Colorado trail fkt. She didn’t make it but continued down the CDT to Mexico anyway to complete her second triple crown.


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re: Heather "Anish" Anderson begins her quest for a Calendar Year Triple Crown (CYTC)
I bet she smells fantastic


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re: Heather "Anish" Anderson begins her quest for a Calendar Year Triple Crown (CYTC)
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completing the 2,200 miles in 54 days and change, averaging 42 mi/day.


I started chafing just reading that.


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baldona
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re: Heather "Anish" Anderson begins her quest for a Calendar Year Triple Crown (CYTC)
Never heard of her but that's impressive. She blogs for a job I guess? She is pretty chunky to cover that much ground, she must do nothing but eat and walk. I'm not one to normally say something like that, but if you walk 4,000 miles a year you would normally be skin and bones.

42 miles a day for 54 days straight seems miserable.


Dam Guide
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re: Heather "Anish" Anderson begins her quest for a Calendar Year Triple Crown (CYTC)
Her biggest accomplishment to me is starting a third loop on the Barkley. That shite is rough.



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hungryone
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re: Heather "Anish" Anderson begins her quest for a Calendar Year Triple Crown (CYTC)
Seriously? This woman can AVERAGE a 42-mile-a-day pace and your comment is "chunky"? She's an ultra-marathon runner. Lawd have mercy, I did not need to read a comment on this bad-ass woman's appearance. News flash: she's getting paid to hike, she's breaking endurance and speed records. Who gives a shite what she LOOKS like. Perhaps your perception of "normally skin and bones" is based on no real data, but a zillion photoshopped images of women? Hang out with real life female athletes, and you'll learn that they come in many shapes and sizes....not just the made-for-TV versions who seem to gobble up all of the media coverage.

Bah. And on International Womens' Day. Rant over.


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re: Heather "Anish" Anderson begins her quest for a Calendar Year Triple Crown (CYTC)
go Google some before/after Appalachian trail pictures and see what happens to most people, they get really skinny because they can't eat enough to keep the weight on them.



hungryone
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re: Heather "Anish" Anderson begins her quest for a Calendar Year Triple Crown (CYTC)
Yet she managed to rack up the fastest time, unsupported. Perhaps her natural physiology is an advantage in endurance sports. Go figure. She's a damned fine athlete, period.
This post was edited on 3/8 at 2:13 pm


Nodust
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re: Heather "Anish" Anderson begins her quest for a Calendar Year Triple Crown (CYTC)
She definitely wasn’t chunky when I met her on the trail.


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IllegalPete
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re: Heather "Anish" Anderson begins her quest for a Calendar Year Triple Crown (CYTC)
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Ran into her on the Colorado trail last year.


I am looking at the CT this year. Trying to decide between starting in Denver or Durango, summer (flowers/snow/crowds/bugs) or fall (aspens changing color), and the standard CT or the Collegiate West alt route.

Do you have a thread here about it? Or mind sharing your choices/recs for the options above?

TIA

This would be my first long distance hike. Figure it would take about 4 weeks. Also considering a SOBO AZT hike starting in September-ish which would be closer to 7-8 weeks.
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re: Heather "Anish" Anderson begins her quest for a Calendar Year Triple Crown (CYTC)
I hiked Denver to Twin Lakes. Right at 200 miles. Maybe next year I’ll knock out another good chunk.

Starting in Denver gives you the advantage of lower altitude and easier trails for the first 80 miles. Past Breckinridge you get up to 10k’ often and stay up for most of the rest of Trail. Get the data book and Guthooks app is all you need.

Trail is really well marked. Only one spot I had to backtrack in the Holy Cross wilderness.

There are tons of mountain bikers. Most are very courteous so it wasn’t a huge problem.

Also there are many 14ers to climb. I hit Elbert but wished I had time for Massive.


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re: Heather "Anish" Anderson begins her quest for a Calendar Year Triple Crown (CYTC)
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In 2015 she broke the AT unsupported FKT (Fastest Known Time) completing the 2,200 miles in 54 days and change, averaging 42 mi/day.


Damn, that's covering some ground.


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